I woke up this morning to the disappointing–no, distressing–news that Chime had beaten The Cheshire Cheese Cat in match 3 of Battle of the Kids’ Books. The outcome itself wasn’t that surprising. While I had trouble finishing Chime (the writing style wore me out, and the protagonist’s self-angst was too much), the book has an impressive fan base. Plus, the cover of Cheshire Cheese does it no favors: I know Skilley is a battle-worn cat, but does he have to look so dull and ungainly?
No, what bothered me was that judge Sy Montgomery reached her decision using a coin toss. Skilley and Pip squashed by luck and gravity! How undignified. It’s even more arbitrary than judge Lois Lowry’s 2009 Big Kahuna Round–the one where she based her decision “solely on petulance, vengeance, reverse nepotism, and payola.”
Still, I’m somewhat comforted by the amazing artwork from today’s match (okay, I’m endlessly amused by the witchy robes and Pip’s cameo). SLJ’s art director has outdone himself.
I’m 1 for 3 so far in how I hoped the brackets would turn out. The battle is currently tipped towards YA books–fingers crossed for Dead End in Norvelt! I really want those septuagenarians to take down the angels…