Don't Check Out this Book: A Children Book With a Unique Format

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Don't Check Out this Book

"Maybe Appleton is where I belong after all." -- Rita


Title: Don't Check Out this Book
Author: Kate Klise
Illustrator: M. Sarah Klise
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Year of published: 2020
I got this ARC directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Is the sweet town of Appleton ripe for scandal?
Consider the facts:     
 Appleton Elementary School has a new librarian named Rita B. Danjerous. (Say it fast.)       
Principal Noah Memree barely remembers hiring her.      Ten-year-old Reid Durr is staying up way too late reading a book from Ms. Danjerous's controversial "green dot" collection.       
The new school board president has mandated a student dress code that includes white gloves and bow ties available only at her shop. Sound strange? Fret not. Appleton's fifth-grade sleuths are following the money, embracing the punny, and determined to the get to the funniest, most rotten core of their town's juiciest scandal. Don't miss this seedy saga from the creators of the award-winning Three-Ring Rascals and 43 Old Cemetery Road series!


To be honest, I decided to receive this ARC and agree to make the review on March. But, I got a lot of hurdles by the time. Yeah, dealing with my reading slump, anxiety, and all of negative thought, made me choose to bring my attention to another things. Gratefully, I can overcome all of those things and back to write again.

So, actually this book isn't really a hard book. Yet, I have to admit that this book is a unique children book. It still about elementary student girl that have big curiosity. It still about how this girl tried to adjust herself in the new school. Yeah, it looks like about an ordinary children book. But, more and more I read it, I have to give a big clap towards Kate Klise. She is indeed genius to make the story become more engaging.

The story began with the announcement that Rita B. Danjereous will be the new librarian of Appleton Elementary School. The strange thing about her is, the principal, Noah Memree didn't remember about hiring her. Moreover, please, her name is very weird. Is that the pronunciation of dangerous?

The new school board has been chosen. Ivana Beprapwa is the name. She is the owner of the Beprapwa Attire. As the school broad, Ivana adjusts many rules there, including the outfit rule for students. The conflict began from the desire of Ivana to fire Rita B. Danjerous.

Well, what will happened then? Will the Appleton Elementary School could survive?

Edited by me via Canva
When the first time I put this book in my reader apps, I didn't expect anything. But, after I open the book, I know that this book is very unique. They use such a unique format. Yeah, if i have to recall back then, this book's format is quite similar with Life on the Refrigerator Door by Alice Kuipers. The story is been told through the letters and memo. The letter and memo itself came from Ivana Beprapwa, Rita B. Danjereous as the librarian, Principal Noah Memree, the secretary of the school, and others. So, there's no real narrative here.

As I said before, I like that unique format. Then, I like the story too. It's not only about how the librarian and her daughter were adjusting their life into the new environment. It's more than that. One thing that I can assure you is, you will hate Ivana so much. Lol.

Okay, that's all for my today review. I got a lot of fun when reading this book. I hope you can feel it to.

4 out of 5 stars for Rita B. Danjerous.

Puji P. Rahayu

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