Nov 10, Tatiana rated it really liked it Recommended to Tatiana by: I'm reading this book again, its so much fun. Aug 23, Kathleen rated it really liked it. May 26, Shelley M. Dec 27, Vi rated it it was amazing. If you ever read serial fiction as a kid, you'll enjoy the Mabel Maney books. Jun 17, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: More gay fun from Mabel Maney.
Nov 22, Red rated it really liked it Shelves: I love the whole series! Jan 09, Patricia rated it liked it Recommends it for: Mabel Maney is a funny writer. I read every single Nancy Drew mystery book. View all 5 comments. May 20, Megan added it Shelves: A spoof or a parody is a work in which the author takes an established subject and makes fun of certain elements in the original work. Mabel Maney, as mentioned above, got away with it in the first book in this series. It was almost lovingly parodied, and only a bit over the top.
It works because a sensible use of parody is funny and enjoyable. In this one, the author seems to have her mind set on describing the greatest nu A spoof or a parody is a work in which the author takes an established subject and makes fun of certain elements in the original work.
The Good for Nothing Button by Charise Mericle Harper
Sure, clothes are described, but not en masse , like Maney does. Because the success of a spoof is in the sparing use of humor; heaping up joke after joke becomes not parody, but ridicule. The story starts where the last one left off, which is another problem because the last one did not end in the right place. Truthfully, the three books in this series could and should have been arranged much better.
The Case of the Good-for-Nothing-Girlfriend. Much of the first half takes place as Nancy and her chums are driving from San Francisco to her home in River Depths, Illinois, where Nancy is anxious to confess to the murder of her father. But much of the ride is taken up with Cherry Aimless quoting from her ubiquitous travel guides.
In addition, a couple of jewel thieves make her look like an idiot on several occasions. Most of the trip—and everything about the jewel thieves—should have been cut out by a caring editor. In fact, much of the time I was turning the pages without much enjoyment, wondering when Nancy and Cherry were going to get into bed and fuck themselves silly.
Except for the long passages on apparel, the second half of this novel runs much smoother and quicker. Now this is good stuff. But piling on ridiculous quote after ridiculous description turns the parody into a mockery. Essentially it brings up the specter of child abuse at a time when it was mostly hushed up. I just wish that this book had been edited more tightly so that this important facet of the novel would be more obvious without being overwhelming. After reading the first book in this series, it is hard not to go on to the next. But maybe this review will help you to restrain yourself.
There are better things to read—the original Nancy Drew and Cherry Ames series, for instance. Or, skim this one and go on to the third, A Ghost in the Closet. I read the second edition of this book, printed in There is a later, e-book printing, which may have some revisions. See my full reviews of over other Lesbian Mystery novels at http: Jul 06, Rebekkila rated it it was ok Shelves: I read lots of Nancy Drew as a child and started re-reading them recently as an adult.
When I was a child I did not pick up on how perfect she was purported to be and I didn't understand how condescending she was to those around her.
Reading those books as an adult leads to many eye rolling moments. I am not quite sure who Cherry Aimless was based on but I assume she was more prepared than any boy scout and that going for the white handkercheif in an emergency was her signature move. This book ha I read lots of Nancy Drew as a child and started re-reading them recently as an adult. This book has nancy and Cherry in a relationship trying to solve a mystery along with their friends. The book is pretty dead on about nancy and her outfits, her manners and the many skills she has picked up along the way.
The book dragged a bit in the middle with Cherry being very naive and clueless and ex-girlfriends and lovers showing up randomly. It didn't add much to the story. The prose is simply too hard to come up with it seems. Does the author actually know a Cherry Aimless? Maney's character development between Nancy Clue and the sugary Cherry Aimless are almost unbearable to read--at least for this reviewer.
I get so hot under the collar! At any rate, here's a tease from the back cover: She slipped a quarter into the metal box, and, ever so slowly, the bed started to move Feb 08, Amy rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I must admit I should have liked this book. I just couldn't get into it, though, found it kind of boring-- It tried too hard or something. I have to admit that the idea of a gay takeoff on Nancy Drew and Cherry Aimes made me laugh, but it just didn't pull together for me.
And antof9, when I told her about the premise, made me laugh even harder. Cherry is way too old for Nancy! The cover, however, is great. This is an adorable, light-hearted mystery where all the important characters are lesbians. Absolute fun and joy reading this creative homage to young lit and lesbian romance. Makes me want to re-read all the Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys mysteries. Fun, clever, and takes you back to a simpler time. Mar 05, Elizabeth rated it really liked it. In more ways than one. May 03, Carrie Gelson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Apr 29, Earl rated it really liked it.
My words will not bring justice to how fun this book is. I can just picture how many giggling kids there will be when reading this! Mar 09, Eugene rated it it was amazing. A subtle satire of millennial pile-on culture, device addiction, and the panopticon inherent in the internet of things, this dense page turner is like a Black Mirror episode written by Samuel Beckett. From the jacket copy: But when Red Bird and Blue Bird press the button.
Jan 24, Judy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is a hoot! Fans of Elephant and Piggie will enjoy this humorous story of three birds who react over the pushing of a button--that does nothing Introduced by none other than Elephant and Piggie, the story is enjoyed by them as well, and it leads Elephant into looking for his own button to push.
Wonder where he will find one? Read and find out! A great book for early readers. Feb 12, Leslie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Theodore Geisel Award Winner What a fun book! Great illustrations, fun story. Highly recommend this one. Mar 09, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Me, my son, and his entire kindergarten classroom loved this book!
However, why do their emotions change each time the button is pushed? With a great comedic voice, this author shoes kids how emotions may be more in their control than they realize. May 12, Heidi-Marie rated it it was ok Shelves: The grass book was better. Jan 26, Hilary Scroggie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feb 15, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: Compare to the brilliance of "Not a Box". A great addition to the growing Elephant and Piggie Like Reading library. May 25, Chantele Sedgwick added it. This was pretty cute.
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May 29, Martha rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm a big fan of Charise Mericle Harper, I loved her monster book, The Monster Show written long ago, her Fashion Kitty series, and her latest Crafty Cat title which goes from one pair of eager hands to another. I loved doing crafts when I was little, and the kids still love to make crafts in library class. The Good for Nothing Button didn't come alive for me until I read it to our kindergartens. They notice everything slipped into the pictures, the expressions on Red, Blue, and Yellow bird, the I'm a big fan of Charise Mericle Harper, I loved her monster book, The Monster Show written long ago, her Fashion Kitty series, and her latest Crafty Cat title which goes from one pair of eager hands to another.
They notice everything slipped into the pictures, the expressions on Red, Blue, and Yellow bird, the action lines for animation, and how this little red button elicits such strong pure emotions, as they converse about their bird feelings. The tiny worm who comes out under the button at the beginning and the end thrilled the listeners. I think the act of pressing a button was most appealing as well. The Good for Nothing Button!
Oct 12, Cameron rated it it was amazing Shelves: Summary In The Good for Nothing Button we find ourselves in a conversation between three birds, yellow bird, blues bird and red bird. Yellow bird comes running in to tell the other birds he has a button! He offers the two birds to try it. Blue bird quickly accepts the offer and presses the button.
In shock of its nothingness, blue bird jumps back after being surprised by its nothingness. Wait a second though I thought this button was suppose to do nothing. If it Summary In The Good for Nothing Button we find ourselves in a conversation between three birds, yellow bird, blues bird and red bird. If it does nothing then how did it surprise Blue Bird? That's something isn't it? How do the other birds react to this, does this button that does nothing do something? Activity I would have the children write down on a card an item or thing that does nothing.
Then we would mix the cards together and redistribute them to different students. It would then be that students job to explain, as best they can, why that object does something and what that something may be. Citation Harper, Charise Mericle. Oct 09, Tori Rinkol rated it liked it Shelves: This book is about a yellow, red, and blue bird. The yellow bird finds a button that does nothing or so they think.
They each take turns pressing the button, each time they press the button, they all feel differently about what happens. The yellow bird is convinced that it does absolutely nothing, but the red and yellow bird say differently. They say it gives them different kinds of emotions. An activity that could be done with reading this book is to get a button or something the kids have to p This book is about a yellow, red, and blue bird. An activity that could be done with reading this book is to get a button or something the kids have to press down.
First I would pick three kids to be the yellow, red, and blue birds to read the book again and have them act out the emotions the birds feel throughout the story. Then I would group the students into groups of three, and have them write down four emotions they feel when they press the button. The good for nothing button. Sep 05, Erin rated it really liked it Shelves: When they ask him what it does he tells them, "Nothing" but they want to push the button themselves. When they do, they find out that the button does more than nothing, it does everything!
This book is sure to delight any fans of Elephant and Piggie. The illustrations are simple and bright and the text is humorous but also offers a chance for understanding emotions. They exclaim that the button does something but, when Yellow Bird insists that the button does nothing he gets mad. May 15, Michael Rank rated it liked it.
The idea is a little too meta for kids to get, but I think adults will appreciate the next level nature of it. I thought the idea of a good for nothing button actually having a purpose depending on who's using it was an interesting one, but I think the idea could've been better executed. May 06, Erin rated it liked it Shelves: Yellow Bird has a button that does nothing--or does it?
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If you press it, nothing happens. Except when Blue Bird presses it he is surprised. When Red Bird presses it nothing happens and he gets sad. That's not nothing either! Yellow Bird starts getting upset. He says a button cannot make you feel surprised or sad or mad or anything else! He starts flapping around all over the place. The other birds think that makes Yellow Bird funny.
He likes being funny! So they were all funn Yellow Bird has a button that does nothing--or does it? So they were all funny together. Okay for preschool storytimes. Apr 14, McKenzie Richardson rated it liked it Shelves: For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle This is a cute idea for a book. I like how it expands on the Elephant and Piggie universe. The story itself is funny, but I wouldn't say it's as good as the actual Elephant and Piggie books.
The concept was too circular and it doesn't really go anywhere. But it is still a fun read. I love all of the facial expressions. Plus, Gerald, Piggie, and the Pigeon all make an appearance in the book, which is fun.
The Good for Nothing Button!
A cute read for fans of For more reviews, check out my blog: A cute read for fans of Gerald and Piggie. Aug 21, Becky B rated it really liked it Shelves: Yellow Bird has a button that does nothing. But does that mean it is good for nothing?
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