Thursday, July 16, 2009

God went to Beauty School. By Cynthia Rylant

By: Cynthia Rylant
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 0060094354
Date: February 28, 2006


This book contains 23 poems reflecting God’s experiences. While these poems are short some are very thought provoking and some are very humorous.


I found this book very interesting. I liked both the humorous and seriousness sides of some of the poems. For example, the poem “God Brought a Couch” was very funny to me especially the reference of his credit card billing address being “Hell.” All of the poems were easy to follow and understand. I feel the author did a good job of engaging the reader by showing the similarities of God’s and human experiences.

Potential Use:

While this book would not be accepted in a public school setting, I feel that this book would be great for 12 to 17 year olds in a Christian school environment. This book would also be great to use in a book club because of the discussion that would result.

Reader Appeal:

I feel that the humorous appeal of some of the poems will appeal to the reader. This could help stir the thought process in the reader on the question “What Would God Do?”

Other Information:

This book has won the following Awards:
ALA Best Book for Young Adults, New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age, Horn Book Fanfare and the ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.

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