A week ago I wrote about some of my favorite children’s books and I focused on picture books and early readers. This time I thought I’d write about some of my favorite juvenile fiction, with an emphasis on getting into another’s head.
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key by Jack Gantos is about a boy with ADHD who has a hard time controlling his impulsivity. It’s one of those books that helps you get an idea what it feels like from the inside to have this disability. The cover makes it look like a comedy, but it’s really a fairly serious book.
This is an older book, but Ribsy by Beverly Cleary is a great dog story. It never would have occurred to me how a dog would think, but Beverly obviously gave it some thought. Ribsy gets separated from his owner, and in a trip similar to The Incredible Journey, he wends his way toward home. A lot of the story is based on his sense of smell, which I guess it would be for a dog!
Another of my favorites by Beverly Cleary is Ramona the Pest. Here, Beverly gets into the head of a 5-year old girl. (How does she do that?) I had to laugh at how literal Ramona’s mind was. On her first day in Kindergarten, the teacher told her to “sit here for the present,” and she wouldn’t budge from that seat because she wanted to get her present.