Born a Crime by Trevor Noah: A Book Review

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I didn’t know much about Trevor Noah’s book, Born a Crime, when I reserved it from the library.  What I did know was that the book was extremely in demand; I had to wait two months to get it.  Currently there are 92 people on the wait list for the book after me.

Born a Crime is a biography about Trevor Noah’s life growing up during apartheid as a mixed race child (African and Swiss) at a time when race mixing was illegal.  His African mother raises him as a single mother, though he does see his father.  Noah shares his life in little snippets–important moments in his life–rather than in chronological order.

For the most part, the book is both serious and humorous.  Noah was a high energy child who was into everything as a youngster.  As a high schooler, he made a living by illegally creating and selling CDs and then becoming a DJ.  I often found myself impressed with his entrepreneurial skills at the same time I was bothered by all of his illegal activity.  Yet, as a teen, he didn’t think much about it because most of the people he knew took part in some illegal activities just to survive.

He also had an ear for languages, and in a country where different tribes speak different languages, this gave him a distinct advantage.  He was saved from a mugging because he could speak the language of those about to mug him.  He could make his way in a world where colored (people of mixed blood) were often not accepted.

While Noah often saw his biological father, his parents obviously couldn’t live together.  Instead, he lived with his mother who loved him and disciplined him with a firm hand.  They were often poor, so poor that they had to use bones meant for dogs to create soup for themselves and to eat the marrow.  At one point, they were so poor, they ate wild spinach and caterpillars.

Life changed dramatically for Noah when his mother met Abel, whom she married a few years later.  While Abel was charming to the outside world, at home he was an alcoholic who was abusive to both Noah and his mother.  The book takes a serious turn when Noah starts writing about life with Abel.

Trevor Noah takes what could be a depressing, gritty story, and manages to tell even the most traumatizing stories with humor and grace.  I enjoyed this book.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.


Homeschool Crew Review: Thin Stix by The Pencil Grip, Inc.

Cuddle Bug and PB & J Girl love being creative.  They are working on books together where PB & J Girl creates the story and Cuddle Bug illustrates.  They continually have paper scattered all over the living room thanks to their creative expression.  They also love to paint.  However, I don’t always have time to set up art supplies for them, but with Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors by The Pencil Grip, Inc., I don’t have to; mess free art is enjoyed by the girls and me!

This isn’t the first time that we’ve tried a product by The Pencil Grip.  We have also tried and enjoyed Kwik Stix.

About The Pencil Grip

The Pencil Grip, Inc

The Pencil Grip, Inc. company has been in business for 25 years.  Created by Dr. Lois Provda, the company now sells hundreds of products for the home, school and office.

In our last review for The Pencil Grip, Inc., we also received one of their pencil grips, which Bookworm loved.  He liked the soft feel of it and how it made the pencil easier to hold.  Besides pencil grips and Thin Stix and Kwik Stix, they also sell grippable silverware sets, heavyweight pencils and pens, rubberband toys, ultrasafe scissors, and touchscreen styluses.

In addition to the 6pk of Thin Stix, you can also get them in 12 and 24 pks, and in neon and metalix colors!  (My son bought my daughter metalix Kwik Stix for Christmas last year, and she loved them and used them up within 6 weeks!

About Thin Stix

Thin Stix by KwikStix

In our last review for Kwik Stix, one of the things I wanted to see was Kwik Stix come in a variety of sizes.  Kwik Stix are wonderful for coloring large areas, but they were a bit clunky to use in areas where my girls wanted to paint finer lines.  Thin Stix perfectly provides a solution.  They are thin enough that more fine detail can be included.  I think Kwik Stix and Thin Stix are the perfect complement to one another.  In fact, my girls will likely be getting both packs for Christmas presents this year.

The 6 pk of Classic Colors includes yellow, orange, green, blue, brown, and black.  Thin Stix are available on Amazon or at, making purchasing so easy!

Cuddle Bug loved using these.  In fact, she used up all of the pens entirely during the review period!  PB & J Girl and Cuddle Bug love creating stories in notebooks.  PB & J Girl writes the stories and Cuddle Bug illustrates them.  The Thin Stix were the perfect size for this type of activity.

If you’re looking for mess free kids’ art supplies, you can’t go wrong with Thin Stix.  My daughter loves that they’re tempera paint, and I love that they dry almost immediately.  Both Thin Stix and Kwik Stix are staple art products for our home and my little artist.

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