Lucy Knisley has once again left me longing to travel more and see the world. Although in this book she is a bit more restrained in her adventures because she is accompanying her grandparents, that doesn’t keep her from leaving them behind to take a nap while she gallivants around the cruise ship. Every time I read one of Lucy’s books, I get this craving for travel. It must be a combination of the pretty illustrations she creates, and the way she describes her surroundings. Not everything in her books is perfect, but in the end it sure seems that way.
All of Ms. Knisley’s books are perfect for both young adults, and adults to read to learn more about travel, escape their everyday lives, or just have a fun reading adventure. I’ve always been a little bit in love with the idea of a vacation on a cruise ship, so this book might have been my favorite of Lucy’s so far. My least favorite part of this book was probably when Lucy’s grandfather shares his stories of war and his life before he was married. Those little snippets just didn’t hold my attention like the rest of the book.
In the end, it doesn’t really matter why you choose to read this book. Just do it. It’s short enough that it won’t take much time at all to whip through it, and you just might learn something–whether it is how to take care of aging grandparents, how to travel smartly, or how to appreciate a graphic novel.
Profanity/Language: 4 religious exclamations; 1 mild obscenity; 1 scatological words; 1 anatomical term; 4 F-Word derivatives.
Violence/Gore: War is referred to; a man is mentioned to have been killed in a war overseas; suicide is mentioned in a brief scene; war horrors are described in brief detail; a frozen dead man is mentioned to have been discovered; starving war victims are referred to.
Sex/Nudity: A young child is depicted nude in a photograph; Playboy magazines are mentioned with no detail; a “passionate love affair” is referred to.
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Alcohol / Drug Use:
Adults drink alcohol.