Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Three Good Deeds
Three Good Deeds by Vivian Vande Velde was recommended at the same conference as Lubar's Punished! I can see how the two are quite similar as far as they both have boy characters who find themselves stuck with a certain condition as a punishment for their less than ideal behavior. However, I enjoyed Punished! a lot more. The main reason for this is Howard in Three Good Deeds was a goose for an extended period of time, from early spring until it is time for the geese to fly south. The author conveniently leaves out how he would ever explain where he had been all that time. I can only imagine how his family would have reacted to him saying the witch had turned him into a goose. Would anyone have believed him? Also, aside from his parents going house to house looking for him, it seems like they mainly go on about their daily life without too much concern for their son. Punished! on the other hand was more believable because Logan never completely disappears and his punishment only lasts a few days. Despite my hesitations with Three Good Deeds, I'm sure certain groups of students would enjoy both books.