Friday, April 20, 2007
Book Review: Cathy's Book
More than just a book, Cathy's Book is an experiment in breaking down the barriers between the reader and and the read.
Written as a collaboration between writers and game designers, Cathy's Book is presented as a beautifully illustrated journal of a teenage girl who disappeared. As students read the book they'll come across a number of "clues" that encourage participation with the book, such as the phone number on the cover (Go ahead, dial 650-266-8233), websites, and physical clues included in a pouch in the cover.
It's a surefire way to grab your students' attention, and I bet that the discussion surrounding this book would be dynamite as students tested their theories and solved the puzzles.
While there was some controversy surrounding the book due to a paid product placement, it seems not to have affected the story.
I'd love to hear any stories of how this was used in a classroom and how it was received.
Thanks Jessica -- Here's Bud's review of the book & here's Clarence Fisher's review.
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