Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer TKono
"The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet" by Reif Larsen is,
well...different. The storyline is about a twelve-year-old
boy who wins a prestigious illustrating award from the
Smithsonian. He goes on an adventure to get all the way to
D.C. from his home in Montana. Along the way, he meets
questionable characters and ponders his family's conundrums.
Written in first person, it is as if the boy speaks to the
reader. Also included are side illustrations from the
eponymous character himself.
This book does not get into the main storyline stamped on
the synopsis until the last eighty pages or so. The
beginning chunk of the book is devoted to the boy finding
out he has won an award and actually getting there.
Interspersed throughout are random thoughts and family
history moments. Also, once the boy arrives in D.C., he
isn't there for long, and he doesn't encounter much science.
Some may find the book existential, while others will just
get annoyed at the excess material.
Swearing, violence, and other adult themes are
Reviewer City, State and
Country: Staten Island, NY USA