Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

This is the second time I've read Hatchet. The first was about 2 years ago, when I was home with a sick kid. This time around, we read it for bedtime. We have gravitated towards more fantasy-esque books for bedtime, I think (I'll have to go back and look at that), and this was the first time we've read any kind of survivor fiction. I think it was a fantastic choice! Both kids were engrossed and last night, when we only had one more chapter to go, the entire family asked me to keep reading. I think we need to look at a variety of genres from now on.

If you've never read Hatchet, here's a brief synopsis. Brian is a 13-year-old boy who is traveling in a small plane to visit his father when the plane crashes. He (obviously) survives the crash and must find a way to live in the wilderness. The book is gritty in places and Paulsen doesn't skirt around some of the more gruesome details.

The only thing I didn't care for (especially as a read-aloud) was the choppy text. I think it worked when I read it the first time, but aloud it just sounded weird.


Debi said...

This is one of those books that I've been meaning to read for ages, and just somehow never get around to. But hey, if I wait a few more years, I could use it as a read-aloud, too! It's too old for a 6-year-old, isn't it?

Somer said...

Yes, Hatchet is probably too old for a 6-year-old. Eli is 10, and I think he was the perfect age for it.

Shelley said...

Someday I will read this!