Tuesday, December 20, 2011

To Timbuktu

To Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True StoryTo Timbuktu: Nine Countries, Two People, One True Story by Casey Scieszka

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really loved this! This year has kinda been the year of non-fiction for me. I usually hate to read non-fiction, but this year the books have been so amazing that they surpass any disinterest I have in the subject.

Ok, so this particular non-fiction book had a leg up in that area since I am interested in traveling and life in other coutries. Casey and Steven work together to tell the story of thier time together in nine different countries the year after they graduate from college. Casey tells the story in words, clearly a talent that she inherited/learned from dad (Jon Scieszka), but her words are highlighted humerously with Steven's illustraions.

I'm not even all the way through this book and I feel like I know both of them. It would feel wierd to write this review refering to Casey as Scieszka as I might for fiction authors, because I've read about her nervous first day jitters before teaching, her disgust as finding a mystery turd in the bathtub, and her love of Paris.

Whether your an artist, linguist, wanna be traveler, or world traveler....or really anyone. You will find plenty of laughs and information in this book.

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A little envious of Austrailian readers


Check out Melina Marchella's blog for a sneak peek at Froi of the Exiles because that's all we're getting in the US for awhile.  I can only hope that an ARC will find it's way into my hands or practice my patience until it is released in March.

I loved Finnikan of the Rock.  If you have not read it, go find a copy at your local library and read it.  Yes, it's a fantasy novel and many of my friend whined when I asked them to read another fantasy novel.  Know what though?  Most of them came back to tell me how much they loved it and about the themes of culture and language and refugees that flow through this fantasy world.