Last two reviews for the June Louisa May Alcott challenge, hosted by Tarissa @In The Bookcase!
Besides Little Women Next Door, the two LMA stories I chose were Jo's Boys and The Skipping Shoes.
Before opening Jo's Boys, criticism from friends and Goodreads had set my expectations low. But happily, these expectations were met and exceeded! Little Women and Little Men are some of my favorite books/stories/movies ever and have been for (wow) a little over half of my life.
Jo's Boys wasn't as good in originality or humor as the former two novels, but it provided satisfying(or not, in some cases) conclusions to the stories of the Alcott family and friends. :)
There were also some fairly dramatic scenes which kept me entertained beyond the curiosity which was instilled by reading LW and LM.
My biggest dissatisfaction in LMA's works is her excessive moralizing. To me, she overrides solid, Biblical gospel truths with moral tales and sermons. But, although I don't agree with her worldview, there's still something wholesome in reading her moral lectures.
Rating: 4 stars
Since I didn't have time for another full-length book, I found a (very)short story of Ms. Alcott's for my last selection.
I'd read it before for a 4th grade literature assignment, but that was some years ago, so it was fun to re-enjoy something different from her.
Skipping Shoes is the story of a pair of shoes that forces its wearer to do the right thing in every circumstance. It's a clever little story, and though still drenched in LMA's familiar moralizing, fresh with its unfamiliar fantasy element.
It only took me about ten minutes to read(and I'm a slow reader), so if you'd ever like to sample a short LMA tidbit, check it out! It's available for free on the internet.