So… I started to read this book:
And after about 3 pages I was cringing. The jokes were bad… I mean really bad. And then I started thinking about audience… who is this graphic novel written for? How the heck would I know what was funny to a 2nd grader? Then my mind skipped to all books that I read that may not be focused on my demographic. I read a fair number of YA books and comics and I try my best to comment on them through my own eyes but also with an idea of who else might like them. I’ve been working with teens for over 20 years, so I have a bit of insight on what they would like. And I’ll dabble in some middle-grade books, but I feel at a loss when reviewing them at times also.
The question remains: What is the best way to review books that are published for audiences outside of your demographic, specifically ones for children?