Book #60: The Underneath

I’ve reviewed The Underneath by Kathi Appelt here, and it’s a pretty good summary, but I read it aloud to my kids over a year ago as well.  When I was writing the syllabus for my book discussion group, we had just read it aloud and I knew I wanted to introduce it to more young people in the world.

It’s always easy to discuss a book based on what happened and who was in it. I wanted to take a different look at it, so we started out discussing poetry and what makes something poetic.  The writing in The Underneath is very poetic, so we started out making some found poetry, then some dadaist poetry before I read them poetic passages from the book.  It was a great discussion and helped point out the beautiful writing.

Not for tender readers, so if you’ve got animal lovers who would hate to see kittens and dogs in peril, don’t read it to them.  Some of my kids were pretty mad at me when I read it aloud, but they all consider it one of the best books we’ve ever read together.

Goodreads rating: 5 stars


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