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The ACB with Honora Lee

by Kate De Goldi

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Diese und weitere Rezensionen findet ihr auf meinem Blog Anima Libri - Buchseele

Was für ein schönes Buch! Allein von der Aufmachung her ist „Die Anarchie der Buchstaben“ von Kate de Goldi ein wirklich schönes Buch. Und auch inhaltlich ist es… nett. Okay, diese nichtssagenden Adjektive wie „nett“, „angenehm“, „ganz schön“ und ähnliches sind blöd, wenn man irgendetwas damit beschreiben will, aber ich kann mich gerade auch nicht zu etwas aussagekräftigerem durchringen.

Ich muss zugeben, ich hatte teilweise etwas Probleme mit dem roten Faden in dieser Geschichte, denn erzählt aus der Sicht der Grundschülerin Perry ist das Ganze hier und da etwas holprig in den Zusammenhängen. Einerseits ist der ungewöhnliche Schreibstil von Autorin Kate de Goldi wirklich passend um den quirligen Perry lebendig werden zu lassen, andererseits hatte ich eben manchmal so meine Probleme damit.

Trotzdem, „Die Anarchie der Buchstaben“ von Kate de Goldi ist ein schönes Buch, die Charaktere sind ebenso kurios wie sympathisch, gerade Perry und ihre demente Großmutter und das ganze ABC-Buch-Projekt von Perry ist einfach köstlich amüsant. Die Autorin versteht es, ihre Charaktere zum Leben zu erwecken und die schwierige Thematik Demenz und Alzheimer auf humorvolle und dem jüngeren Leserpublikum angemessene Art uns Weise umzusetzen.

Alles in allem ein Buch, das vor allem erstmal durch seine Aufmachung besticht, denn die ist wirklich zauberhaft, mit vielen ganzseitigen Illustrationen, die Perrys Geschichte hervorragend ergänzen, aber auch inhaltlich, trotz einiger Probleme, die ich mit dem Schreibstil hatte, durchaus überzeugen kann ;) ( )
  FiliaLibri | Nov 10, 2015 |
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This is a sweet little book, visually beautiful and full of unusual illustrations. Written for children but with some adult messages.
Perry is bored and her parents are not helping so she visits her Alzheimer's challenged grandmother in her assisted care home. She decides to write an ABC book specific to Santa Lucia where her grandmother lives. The letters are not written in order, nor are the illustrations easy to understand. Much like the mind of her grandmother would write it, I imagine.
She meets her grandmothers friends, staff members and comes face to face with growing old and dying. I would read this to my grandson. ( )
  tarmina | Jul 19, 2014 |
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This is a slow book; a gentle story with eccentric characters. It reads a lot like a book from the fifties, only the characters have modern attitudes. It is sweet and clean ... and real. Peggy is an only child whose parents keep her over involved by having scheduled activities to fill her time. But Peggy doesn't have any friends her age, is a bit of a loner and a nerd, but has a healthy dose of attitude. When one of her scheduled activities is cancelled due to instructor illness Peggy suggests she go visit her Grandmother in full throws of dementia, against her parents better judgement. Thus starts a new chapter in Peggy's life where she becomes a part of the community at Santa Lucia. Her grandmother never knows who she is but they become friends, partners in mischief. Peggy becomes friends and close to all the other residents and the staff. While on a two-week school break she works on a school project with the residents making an alphabet book about the residence which brings everyone closer. A lovely meeting of the minds between old and young, but a quiet story with no great events that might not be exciting enough for the intended audience. The artwork is interesting but abstract and surreal at times, not exactly my thing. ( )
  ElizaJane | Jun 21, 2014 |
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I found The ACB with Honora Lee to be…nice. Fine. Lots of bland, noncommittal adjectives. It’s written for young readers, so my expectations weren’t particularly high. Still, despite being generally ok, The ACB with Honora Lee was lacking the sparkle and pull of other middle-grade novels I’ve read. It felt very much like a straight line, without a climax or low point or any other shape, for that matter, to be found. Which, I suppose, isn’t a problem. It’s just not what I’m used to.

The writing itself is clever for the reading level, and I really had no complaints there. The novel's characters, too, were charming and surprisingly distinct for how brief the novel is. Still, though I can see how the intended audience for this novel would enjoy it, it wasn’t quite my cup of tea.

Full review is posted on Erin Reads. ( )
  erelsi183 | May 26, 2014 |
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ACB with a Honora Lee is a very grown-up book with a beautifully childlike outlook. The book acknowledges memory loss in the elderly without being heavy-handed about it. We follow young Perry as she gets to knew her grandmother and create a memoir to her in the form of an illustrated alphabet book, the ACB. Through Perry, we see the bittersweet value of an elderly grandmother who has forgotten the names of her recent relatives and instead lives in the past. Her spirit remains vibrant, and her value as a person remains clear, from the innocent and brilliant perspective of young Perry. This book touches a nerve in the modern psyche, as we are forced to come to terms with our overscheduled lives and our uncomfortable feelings related to our elderly relatives who are losing their memories. The book itself is beautifully illustrated with diagram-like illustrations on thick, luxurious paper. The ACB with a Honora Lee is an intelligent, mature take on a tough but timely subject. ( )
  loewen | May 5, 2014 |
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Moving, charming novel from much-loved, international-award-winning children's author Kate de Goldi, author of the 10pm question. Beautifully packaged and illustrated throughout with drawings by Greg O'Brien. Perry's mother and father are busy people a they're impatient, they're tired, they get cross easily. And they think that only children, like Perry, should be kept busy. On Saturday mornings Perry and her father visit her gran, Honora Lee, at the Santa Lucia rest home, but Gran never remembers them. 'Who is that man?' Honora Lee asks when Perry's father leaves the room. After movement class is abruptly cancelled, Perry is allowed to go to Santa Lucia on Thursday afternoons. She discovers her Gran has an unconventional interest in the alphabet, so Perry decides to make an alphabet book with the help of Honora and the others. Soon everyone is interested in Perry's book project. Kate De Goldi's The ACB with Honora Lee unfolds with characteristic warmth, quirky, surprising humour and a rich cast of 'residents'. The story is a meditation on kindness and patience and acceptance; that of the very young and the very old. It's a story that will resonate with echoes of recollection for many from Perry's endearing perspective on the adult world to the embracing kindness of those who care for the elderly. A many-layered and playful novel with a crossover audience, it will delight both the young and the not so young.
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"Perry's mother and father are busy people ... they're impatient, they're tired, they get cross easily. And they think that only children, like Perry, should be kept busy. On Saturday mornings Perry and her father visit her gran, Honora Lee, at the Santa Lucia rest home, but Gran never remembers them. 'Who is that man?' Honora Lee asks when Perry's father leaves the room. After movement class is abruptly cancelled, Perry is allowed to go to Santa Lucia on Thursday afternoons. She discovers her Gran has an unconventional interest in the alphabet, so Perry decides to make an alphabet book with the help of Honora and the others. Soon everyone is interested in Perry's book project" --… (more)

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