I sent my review of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time to World Magazine, which had recommended it. I received word that they received it but have not heard directly from anyone there yet in response. However, after posting the review on a couple of homeschooling e-mail lists, I did receive some comment.
Notes on The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time: Did you read my review of this book in the the previous blog? If not, please do so. After posting it on a homeschooling e-mail list, I received several responses. I do not cite these to “toot my own horn” but just to show how important having accurate information about books for our children (and even ourselves) is. Diana Dow wrote, “That just goes to show that we can't trust other people's reviews. Use them for information, but look into it yourself. Thanks for all the reviews you present. I marvel at the amount of reading you must do.” Gerry Wright wrote, “Wayne wrote of the positive review of a book in WORLD which Wayne later found to be a very bad book. I had this problem with many of World's reviews. I enjoyed the magazine on some levels, but found that many of the movies, books, and music reviewed, and praised, were really bad news! I wrote a letter objecting to one review and, In fairness, I should mention that they did publish it. In fact, they published a few other letters during the year which objected to some of the reviews. However, the review policy was far too worldly for me, and I didn't renew my subscription (I often disagreed with the editorial views too.) I said all that to say I agree with Diana and Wayne – be careful of the sources of your reviews. I used to be burned occasionally on recommendations even from Christians for movies. Now I don't go until I check with http://www.screenit.com – that is to say, I haven't been to a movie in years! I just wait, try to pick one with very little offensive, and then watch it at home with my trusty, handy-dandy TV Guardian! I do trust Wayne's reviews completely, and read every word of every one. Thank you, Wayne.” And Joan Elder wrote, “I must also give my Kuddos to Wayne for his insightful reviews. Many times I have read the reviews from this list and located the book online at our local library. It is SO much fun when they have the books. Many thanks for this valuable service. Keep them coming.” Dawn Thompson wrote, “I guess your one small consolation is that you got the book free. At least you didn't PAY for the garbage! I just checked our library catalog. Curious Incident is the only one of his books our library has. I had wanted to see if they had any of his children's books so I could warn my kids to steer clear of his books. I agree wholeheartedly that the guy who writes a book for adults with that kind of language is not the guy I trust to write books for kids. This is the blurb our library's website gives for Curious Incident, btw: Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. Knowing what I know of the book from your review, I believe I'd be afraid to learn what secret information he uncovers about his mother!”