By Yanni Trump "Catman" (Tierra del Fuego, Anatarctica)
This ranks up there with the "Giver", IT SUCKS!!! I'd rather watch grass grow on my front lawn, or better yet watch a documentary on the history of the ice cube tray. My teacher made my class read this book and there was nearly a revolt! It came to the point where a petition went around to put an end to the reading of the book. AM I THE ONLY PERSON WHO DOES NOT LIKE READING ABOUT TEENAGERS WITH SELF ESTEEM PROBLEMS BATTLING THEIR "INNER DEMONS"!?!?!?!?! This book was boring and made no sense! The sentances were long and winding and boring! One sentance might go on for pages!! IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE FOUND PASSED OUT WITH YOUR EYES ROLLED BACK IN YOUR HEAD DROOLING ON THE FLOOR DON'T READ THIS BOOK!!!! If you have already been lured by some evil to buy this book bring it onto your front lawn and burn it while chanting in tongues to the best of your ability. If you are already reading "A Wrinkle in Time" and can not stop yourself, send the book to me and I will hire an illiterate to rip it up for you. Trust me Il'l be doing you a favour! If you have yet to read the book.... SAVE YOURSELF WHILE YOU STILL CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let me start form the top why I don't like it.
A Kid's Review
1. It is IMPOSSIBLE for anyone to travel in time or tesser as the book calles it.
2. No one could survive on a different planet and or moon if a space probe couldn't even survive 20 minutes.
3.This book is just a lot of blah blah blah.
4. A living brain that can control every one when everyone has their own brain, give me a break.
5. Even if you read this book 500 times, it has always the same plot line.
A girl named Meg travels in time with her brother, Charles Wallace and the love of her life, Calvin.
They travel with 3 witches, one is named Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. WHich and Mrs. WHo.
Reviewer: A reader
Blah blah blah who cares. Ugh, I didnt give a hoot if they [the main charcters] died or not. The villian: a brain and a cloud. Oh wow, nobody can beat that! Cheese,I could have written a better book. Mrs. L'Engle if your gonna write anymore books please dont write them like this horrible peice of liturature. I can't imagine what the newberry awards people were thinking when the gave this book its reward.
DO NOT WASTE A CENT ON THIS BOOK.DO NOT EVEN GET IT FOR FREE
By Bruce Wayne (Gotham City, USA)
A Wrinkle in Time is an extremely terrible book. Its attempt at science fiction is out of place and corny to the extreme. I read this book expecting it to be a decent novel, but instead I encountered garbage. Oh, and don't pay attention to the Newbery Medal Award that they awarded. They probably awarded it to A Wrinkle in Time because there were no other books published that year, so it won by default. Even then, it was more than likely that the people who gave the award were reluctant to do so. It only says that I gave it one star because there was no choice for 0 stars or lower. This book would be much more entertaining...if it were burnt.
This book is terrible. It's so bad, it's not even funny. The plot is worst pile of junk I have ever had the displeasure of reading the first 30 pages of...
Of all the history of books I've read which include great novels by authors such as Douglas Preston, etc. I have never come across such a bogus jumble of letters. The title seemed attractive to my 5th grade teacher a few years ago, so she decided to have us read it as a class. Boy was she in for a surprise. Not even a third into the book she canceled the assignment because of the poor quality of the book. Every five pages the author piled on this and that, this and that, like a fairy tale on crack. It was nearly impossible to concentrate on what was going on. It didn't seem like the author was trying to entertain the reader, but give him or her a tumor. It looks like a two-year-old wrote this. I have read the entire english dictionary in a day, and it was easier to understand and more entertaining than this.
This is an absolutely horrible book. Torture. We bought this as a book on tape to listen to in the car with the kids on a summer trip. All of us (40 yo, 38 yo, 14 yo, 11 yo) were miserable. We forced ourselves to listen to the whole thing because it's a "classic" and we kept thinking maybe we'd eventually get to some part of the story that would finally explain to us why people like it. During the story, my 14 yo observed that one of the reasons she hated the story was that the author seemed to try as hard as she could to sound intelligent to the listener (reader), but it just came across as annoying. We all ended up hoping that the characters would die in outer space.
I am a reading teacher and I have a list of books that the grade should read. This book is on the list so we have been reading it. I try to mask my negative feelings about this book. I had to force myself to finish it. It's boring and has many unanswered questions. The ending is just uneventful. Many students in my class hate this book, but I pretend it's very good and we have to finish it.
When I was in grade school, I tended to avoid anything that had some kind of award for excellence in children's literature. I was still trusting enough to assume they must be good, but had a general sense that they might not be much fun.
Having just read "Wrinkle in Time" for the first time as an adult, I realize that I was right to suspect it would not be much fun, and wrong about it being any good. The characters seem contrived and not very likeable, the science phony, the fantasy slipshod. There is certainly stuff here that may excite the imagination of a child, but nothing that plenty of other authors have not done a whole lot better.
The pseudo-scientific aura is largely phony. L'Engle's explanation of a "tesseract" is all wrong -- it is simply a 4-dimensional counterpart of a cube. Except for it's being extra dimensional, a tesseract has nothing to do with the notion of taking extra-dimensional shortcuts to distant locations in 3-dimensional space (a tesseract has no curves, as are required for the short-cut setup). I guess it is good that L'Engle tries to explain the idea of extra dimensions to kids, but since she scarcely seems to understand them herself, I'm not sure what good she does. Personally, I am glad that, as a child, I missed out on her attempts to confuse matters.
Stripped of these scientific pretensions, the story if just a fairy tale about a trio of kids who get wisked off by powerful supernatural beings to alien planets to do battle with a force of Cosmic Evil, and in the meantime hopefully rescue their missing father. The Evil Force, when we meet it, is certainly creepy enough, but all the goings on seem random and arbitrary, and nothing makes much sense. Supernatural happenings and events simply intervene whenever the author needs them to. Meanwhile, these extraterrestrial adventures mirror the main heroine's (Meg's) trouble with her difficulty fitting in at school.
I was mildly surprised at how overt the Christian religious references were. I have nothing against this, being a big C.S. Lewis fan (even Lewis was more subtle, however), but I certainly do not recall the Narnia books being pushed on us in public school. I guess the political explanation for this is that, while the book carries enough religious quotations and obvious name-dropping to please certain Christian parents, the author has so little to say, in applying these principles to the real world, that there is nothing for secularists to get upset about. Meanwhile, the story clearly portrays science and scientists as Good (Meg's parents are both genius physicists), so that, as bad as L'Engle's science is, shallow secularists are as pleased as shallow Christians.
In the end, the only real moral message is one of tolerance and diversity. Cosmic Evil is identified with the desire to force all children to be the same, to try to force them all into a single mold. Oh yeah, and various people get saved by the power of Love. Nothing to get upset about, but nothing to get excited about either.