Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Book Review: The Dance of the Caterpillars by Caroline S. Fairless

*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****

Fisher always seems to be getting into trouble, but why? He is just being a kid. His dad isn’t living with his family anymore and he doesn’t understand why.  His mind is a million miles away it seems…he’s more interested in what is going on outside, instead of what is going on inside the classroom. He does things that most kids his age don’t do…like leave during the school day because nature and little tiny creatures are calling to him as signs. Even when he gets hurt it seems he seems to cause trouble. Does Fisher have any say about his life anyway…who he will live with and where? Oh…where does he belong, and just who will understand him?

This was an interesting read. Even though it was tucked away for many years I believe it applies to some of the same types of situations kids go through today also. A lot of kids live without one parent in the house during this day and age also. And kids also get made fun of today in school, which Fisher dealt with also.

There were a little over a few typos in the edition I read, which could have been an advanced reader’s or reviewer’s copy. Usually I overlook just a few typos. It didn’t take away from the story for me though.

There were a lot of colorful illustrations in this book, showing visually what life was like for Fisher, to help readers walk right into the story. There were often 2 or 3 full written page layouts that did not have any illustrations on the adjoining pages, although there were a few side by side illustration layouts.

I’m so glad the author decided to retrieve this book from its hiding place and brought this story to life for others to read!

My rating = 4.5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: Bostick Communications/Caroline S. Fairless provided a free book for me in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Dear Jill,

    Will you please consider reviewing my new novel DON’T FORGET ME, BRO, to be published later this year by Stephen F. Austin State University Press (Texas Book Consortium)?

    DON’T FORGET ME, BRO deals with themes of childhood abuse, mental illness, and alienated families. (See synopsis below.)

    My award-winning debut novel THE NIGHT I FREED JOHN BROWN (Philomel Books, Penguin Group, 2009) won The Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (Grades 7-12) and was one of ten books recommended by USA TODAY. For more info: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/john-michael-cummings/the-night-i-freed-john-brown/

    In addition I've published a collection of short stories, UGLY TO START WITH (West Virginia University Press) Here’s a link to some information about my collection: http://www.amazon.com/Ugly-Start-With-Michael-Cummings/dp/193597808X

    My short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five literary journals, including The Iowa Review, North American Review, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Twice I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. My short story "The Scratchboard Project" received an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2007.

    I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Thank you very much.


    John Michael Cummings

    P.S. Could you kindly give me a reply back to let me know you received this email?

    Synopsis of DON’T FORGET ME, BRO

    DON’T FORGET ME, BRO deals with themes of childhood abuse, mental illness, and alienated families. The book opens with the main character, forty-two-year-old Mark Barr, who has returned home from New York to West Virginia after eleven years for his older brother Steve’s funeral. Steve, having died of a heart attack at forty-five, was mentally ill most of his adult life, though Mark has always questioned what was "mentally ill" and what was the result of their father’s verbal and physical abuse during their childhood.

    The book unfolds into an odyssey for Mark to discover love for his brother posthumously in a loveless family.

    DON’T FORGET ME, BRO is a portrait of an oldest brother’s supposed mental illness and unfulfilled life, as well as a redeeming tale of a youngest brother’s alienation from his family and his guilt for abandoning them.

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    1. John Michael,

      That sounds like a book I should be able to connect with, as long as there is no bad language (curse words) in it. I am not sure how to contact you though. -Jill H.