Don’t Believe Everything You Read

April 29th, 2010 by

The other day, I was reading an article in The New York Times, and I came across this description of The Invention of Hugo Cabret: “the Brian Selznick children’s novel about a Parisian orphan and his robot.”

ExCUSE me? That is NOT what Hugo Cabret is about. If you’ve read the book, then you know it’s actually a multi-layered story about a homeless orphan who dedicates himself to completing his father’s work, and who finds his own path in the process.

Yes, a robot of sorts is involved, but that description makes it sound like Hugo and the robot are buddies, hanging out and having adventures together. Dude, I expect more from you, New York Times. Shame on you.

But on the plus side, this travesty did inspire me to come up with some fun misleading book blurbs of my own:

  • Harry Potter, about a boy’s adventures at boarding school
  • Charlotte’s Web, about life on a farm
  • Holes, about a guy who’s wrongly accused of stealing sneakers
  • Percy Jackson, about a teen who’s meeting his father for the first time
  • Warriors, about a bunch of cats

Join in my indignation! Post a comment with a misleading book description of your own! It’ll help you work through your anger issues, I swear.

— Karen

Karen wouldn’t mind having her own robot. But then Nancy would probably get jealous. Muhahaha! Now Karen really wants her own robot!
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3 Responses

  • Hahaha me writes:
    April 29th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is about a magical wardrobe.
    The Penderwicks is about four trouble-maker sisters.
    Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH is about Mrs. Frisby meeting rats.
    The Mysterious Benedict Society is about exceptional kids who go to a boarding school and cheat and spy.

  • Bat writes:
    April 30th, 2010 at 10:12 am

    The Divide Trilogy: about a bunch of elves, pixies and brownies. (Or should I say Tangle-People, Japegrins, and Ragamuckies?)

    A Series of Unfortunate Events is about 3 kids whose parents die, and the kids go around sinking boats and letting big snakes out of their cages.

    A Whole Nother Story is about a time machine.

  • Bat writes:
    May 11th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    The 39 Clues is about a really big (world-scale) scavenger hunt.

    The Wizard of Oz is about a girl who lives in Kansas whose house gets struck by a tornado.

    The Land of Elyon is about a girl who can talk to animals and lives in a city that has a really maze-ish library.

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