Sunday, February 13, 2011
The Sweetness at The Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley. This book is interesting and funny - perfect for homeschoolers who need a vacation from heavy thinking. I read it this weekend between swim meet starting guns, screaming parents, jabbering kids, and trips to the girls' locker room. It's an easy enough read that you can be in a loud setting, but captivating enough that you stick with the story instead of being distracted. The main character is a precocious 11-year-old girl with a penchant for poisons living in England in 1950. Naturally, a dead body is found on the estate where she lives with her father, two sisters, and collection of interesting household help and quirky villagers. And naturally, she works to solve the mystery before the police. Yes, it is hilarious (at least I found it hilarious - but I thoroughly enjoy dark, dry humor!). It's part of a series and I'm looking forward to picking up book two.