December 10, 2006

Bathroom book about Maya

Scieszka's Me Oh Maya and Gibson's ApocalyptoIn Me Oh Maya the boys find themselves in a Mayan ball court. A "short brown-skinned guy in a wild feathered headdress tood on top of the wall looking down" at the boys and says to them "Explain yourselves or your blood will be spilled in sacrifice." This guy turns out to be an "evil high priest" stands over them. His name, they learn, is Kakapupahed.

The Time Warp Trio series is pitched to kids who are "reluctant readers." This sort of book provides readers with clever writing that functions as a hook to draw in a kid who might otherwise not read. In this series, that hook is puns, lots of action, and, as the reviewer at School Library Journal notes, "a little bathroom humor."
(Excerpted from Debbie Reese's American Indians in Children's Literature, 12/6/06.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hoping they make more twt tv episodes.