How do you decide how to rate books?
Our rating system is more or less as follows:
A: This book is a must-have for any library, whether it is a children’s library or not.
A-: This book is fantastic, but with some reservations which we usually explain.
B+: A great kids/YA book! Definitely recommended. However, the book is either non-essential, or not a book that ages well and that we would re-read as adults.
B: A good, solid book. We recommend it. However, the book is either non-essential, or not a book that ages well and that we would re-read as adults.
B-: An slightly below-average book. Some people might really get into it, but we didn’t. We wouldn’t rush out and buy it as a gift.
C and below: Varying degress of terribleness. Either we don’t recommend the book, or cannot not recommend it highly enough.
How do you decide what books to review?
We tend to review books that we own or remember fondly, and therefore books that we like. Occasionally, one of us will pick a “random book” from the library and review it, as well. We both love to read, and are open to your suggestions! You can email us at vickyandpolly[at]gmail[dot]com.
Are you really named Vicky and Polly?
No, Vicky and Polly are named after characters created by the inimitable Madeleine L’Engle.