Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Kids' Letters to Harry Potter

Kids' Letters to Harry Potter
compiled by Bill Adler

Kids' Letters to Harry Potter was another one of those books that had a lot of potential but flopped when it came to delivery. Some of the letters were cute, but for the most part, it was a bunch of older kids almost roleplaying their ways into Harry Potter's world, pretending they had magical powers and owls of their own. I read this book thinking it would be similar to Children's Letters to God, in which younger children wrote very abstract letters "to God". There were some where children brought real world elements into Harry Potter (mostly along the lines of "can you use magic to do my homework/clean my room?"), but again, mostly flat and repetitive. I feel like these are letters that should have been sent to Jo Rowling herself as opposed to being published, so she could see how much of an impact they had on kids' lives. The pictures were really corny as well, and had nothing to do with Harry Potter itself. The few positive things I have to say are about the relatability of the book. Earlier, I'd posted about Harry, A History, which I mentioned showed only the lives of the Big Name Fans. Here, we do actually see how the Harry Potter books impacted regular children around the world.

Rating: 2/5

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