Reviews from Lord Taylor of Glencoe
Cloud Busting: Malorie Blackman, February 22, 2016
My rating: ♦◊◊◊◊
Cloud Busting is a very disappointing effort from Children’s Laureate Emeritus, Malorie Blackman. Acknowledging her considerable skill and talent, this falls way short of what Blackman is capable of.
Told from the perspective of one schoolboy, who happens to tell another pupil that a third classmate has a peanut allergy, the book has all the excitement of stale bread.
What I suppose is supposed to hook us is the fact it’s told with a medley of poetic methods: haiku, limerick, freeform, shape, you name it. But no acrostics.
Technically, a lot could no doubt be gleaned from some literary analysis is the classroom. But it breaks the golden rule of children’s literature: if it’s totally boring, nobody really cares why it’s boring in rhyming couplets.
So much more could have come from the idea behind this book. It feels like a rush job to go free with packets of cereal, and it belies the genius of the writer who brought us Noughts and Crosses.