When reviewers get it wrong, Part 2

Some time ago, I wrote about my thoughts on a review of a teen novel and its portrayal of disability.  Well, now I have to take issue with several reviews that expressed similar sentiment about Someday by Alison McGhee, a picture book that follows a mother and daughter throughout the daughter’s life.

Here’s what people said:

These reviews might be right for some kids, but my little one is fascinated by growing up–and by remembering that she was once a baby.  She asks for this book again and again.  She pores over the illustrations with the eyes of a girl who wants to know what changes lie ahead for her.  She probably doesn’t pick up on the ending’s sad note quite yet.  For now, this book is the map she seems to be looking for.