Although this is an okay book, and readers following the series may want to try it, it is nowhere near as good as previous books in the series. Contains: Fantasy Violence without gore. R eview by KDP. The Gates by John Connolly. Poor little Samuel is not having a good time. His parents have recently split up, he's very smart but tends to annoy or creep out most adults, and he perplexes most of the kids his age. He decides to go trick-or-treating 3 days early in order to show initiative and he and his little four legged pal Bosworth stumble across the beginning of the end - a bored uppity couple and their equally bored friends.
When boredom overtakes the Abernathys they decide to give the dark arts a try - mix in a few scientists who are trying to create an artificial black hole a few countries away and you have the opening to the gates of hell. It may sound a bit far-fetched or over the top, but readers will find themselves engrossed by sweet little Samuel and his wonderful dog. Not to mention the demons who are having a harder time at this taking over the world thing then they expected - I mean no one ever tells demons to look both ways before crossing the street. I laughed, I smiled, I enjoyed this book from beginning to end.
But at the same time I really felt that this was a novel for adults, thinking back on their pre-teen years. With a splendid use of the English language and a dry but light sense of humor, the author has written a fun book that many will enjoy. Review by KDP. The Composer is Dead is a pretty sophisticated picture book. The humor, vocabulary, and need for context are not simple at all. My four year old, who is in the target audience for picture books, loves music, and always wants me to identify the individual instruments in orchestral music, was totally baffled by the story.
What are musical notes and what do they look like? What are the names of the percussion instruments? What does a conductor actually do? What are all those names at the end of the book? The illustrations were often confusing. Which silhouetted instrument in the illustration is an oboe and which is a clarinet?
Who are all the dancing people and why are they dancing? What makes The Composer Is Dead really interesting is the audio CD that accompanies it, which actually plays music by the individual instruments as the Inspector interrogates them. This was fascinating and really brought the story to life.
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Recommended for elementary and middle school libraries. Aladdin, ISBN: What beasts, you ask? Why, your standard run-of-the-mill trolls, goblins, gryphons, and fish-headed giraffes. Ulf also happens to be a werewolf. His friends include the human vet, a fairy, and a giant. They work together to keep bad guys from hunting and hurting various mythical monsters. In this book, the bad guys have rounded up some young trolls and are planning on hunting them for sport, so Ulf and the rest of the RSPCB head off to figure out what is going on.
Think of the violence along the lines of reading Wile E. Coyote attempting to catch the Roadrunner- it sounds far worse then it actually is. Most of it is actually rather silly and will garner giggles from the young ones. The book is written in a large typeface that will be appealing to many of the younger crowd, and there are occasional drawings that are quite good. The book is a fast read, and there is a lot of action jammed into a short number of pages, so as an adult, expect for it to whiz right by.
As far as characterization, there really isn't much. Ulf is a boy who wants to be included and to help, his curiosity and sense of adventure gets him involved in something he was told to stay home from, and in the end he saves the day. The morals of the tale include not judging others, not harming animals, and that everything has a right to live. In the end this is a quick read that kids a bit young for the Harry Potter will enjoy. Many adults have a vision of childhood as a time of innocence, but children have a dark side.
Children push boundaries to provoke reactions- to find out where the line really is, and who cares enough to keep them safe. Where the Wild Things Are is the story of Max, a little boy with a big imagination who is sent to his room for making mischief, and finds himself in a strange world where he easily overcomes the terrible Wild Things and becomes their king, the wildest of them all.
The words are almost unnecessary- it all takes place in the imagination. The story resonates with many children but it is a journey to a dark and sometimes frightening place, and very sensitive kids may not be ready for it. You never know, though… my own four year old, who is afraid of goblins and sleeps with his lights on, listened quietly and examined the illustrations carefully. Highly recommended for children of all ages, and an excellent choice for reading aloud.
By Phillipe Goosens Clarion Books, Only Sarah can hear and see the ghost, but its mere presence gets in the way of her relationship with her parents. Seeing them in a cloud around Sarah, though, it hits home that even little lies add up to a lot of misery. Available: Used. Anne Rockwell once again presents an accessible text aimed at preschoolers and kindergarteners.
The same class that appeared in Show and Tel l Day , also a collaboration with her daughter Lizzy, is now preparing for the school Halloween parade. The illustrations are colorful, with a gentle humor, and complement the text well. The illustrations are a dead giveaway that readers should expect a tickle to the funny bone. There is a lot to see in the illustrations for those readers who really want to take the time to look. But the illustrations are just part of what makes the story work. Halloween Night will probably be most appreciated by kids in grades Review b y Kirsten Kowalewski.
Hassan, illustrated by Betsy Bowen. Dhegdeer is a monstrous cannibal woman endowed with incredible strength, speed, and hearing, whose evil ways have cursed the lush Hargrega Valley in Somalia, turning it into a desert wasteland. She builds a hut next to her house to lure and trap unwary travelers needing shelter and water, and enspells Bowdheer, a jar in which she stores human flesh, to alert her if anyone touches it. As she looks for food for the weary travelers, she accidentally bumps into Bowdheer, who wakes a very hungry Dhegdeer. Dhegdeer is a character from Somali folklore used to scare children into good behavior.
Vivid colors are painted in broad strokes over black gesso, giving the illustrations a shadowy feel. While figures are outlined in black, they are indistinct. No child would want to see that face in person! This book is a project of the Minnesota Humanities Commission and Somali Bilingual Book Project, which is intended to preserve heritage languages there is a considerable Somali population in Minnesota and increase English literacy skills for refugees.
As a bilingual title, the same text appears in both English and Somali on facing pages, and can be enjoyed in either language. Teachers may find possible curriculum connections with this book as well. Highly recommended for folktale collections in the public library and in elementary and middle school library media centers. Mirrorstone, ISBN: A Practical Guide to Vampires presents itself as a nonfiction handbook compiled by a vampire hunter and enthusiast. The author describes their habits and haunts, and gives advice to the reader on how to track and hunt vampires, and survive to tell the story.
The pages look yellowed and stained, and there are handwritten notes throughout. A Practical Guide to Vampires is visually impressive. The illustrations are beautifully done and dynamic in nature, and will capture the attention of even reluctant readers. Interest in this book is not limited to kids, though. Adults with interest in vampires may also like it, and will note some dry humor that more literal minded kids will miss, as well as an oblique reference to Twilight. A Practical Guide to Vampires works just fine as a stand alone title, a handsome and compelling addition to the growing collection of handbooks to the supernatural.
Highly recommended for elementary and middle school library media centers and general public library collections. Contains: references to blood-drinking. Stargazer Publishing, This book has it all- secret tunnels and talking animals, mad science and real monsters. This is the perfect Halloween themed book for in class reading in elementary schools and early middle schools.
Equal parts scary, mysterious, gross and silly, it's pure fun. It's definitely recommended for all collections aimed at fostering a love of reading. Green Dragon Codex by R. Scamp is one of the smaller boys in his town, and has always been picked on by the larger boys. He has learned to be quick to run and light of foot when the bullies are about. Then comes the fateful day when Scamp flees from the bullies into the darker parts of the forest, and comes across a chest laying next to the body of a large, dead, green dragon.
What is contained within the chest will take him on an adventure where he will encounter tragedy, magic, dwarves, dragons, daemons and a race more ancient then humankind. They meet with strange and often scary things along the way. They learn that being family means being there for one another when you really need it, to trust in themselves and that perhaps nothing is "born" evil.
Can they save all of Krynn before the strange black hooded, red-eyed mage gets what he wants? This is a YA book, though it is entertaining enough for adults. Most adults will find the characters rather thin but still amusing. Green Dragon Codex is good for the 12 and up crew, and a nice introduction to fantasy for the younger generation. Contains: some mild violence, evil plots and plans, ADHD behavior saves the day. Brass Dragon Codex by R.
This is a very simple and straightforward tale of friendship, what it takes to be a friend, and how to have friends you have to make sure that first of all YOU are a good friend. Our story starts with a young Brass Dragon discovering that his parents have been done in by an evil Blue dragon. The little dragon is lonely and unhappy now that he is living alone and looks high and low for a friend.
Meanwhile a little gnome gets himself kicked out of the city for an invention gone wrong - but he has an even better idea, if only people would listen to him. The dragon and gnome cross paths in the desert and learn the truth about friendship while helping each other to reach their goals. It's a really sweet story that many will enjoy. For the adults, there may be a bit lacking in the character department, but I handed this book off to my 11 year old son and it seems to be right up his alley. I would recommend this for the 10 and up crew depending on their reading ability. For those concerned about violence - the Brass Dragon's parents are killed, and there is a bit of violence, though none of it is overly gory.
I would not give this to my 7 year old, but the middle school group should be fine. Something strange is going on at 56 Water Street. Derek and Ravine see the lights turning on and off and find out that they are the only ones who can actually see the house: to everyone else it is just an empty lot. When they work up the courage to go into the house, they find out that the ghost of a teenaged girl in the house has made it visible because she wants their attention Strangway has created a believable world using simple and accessible language that is also creatively descriptive.
Her characters are of the brave, mischievous kind that kids will identify with and love. At times, the writing is repetitious from chapter to chapter, but rather than being a detriment to the story, this makes it ideal as a chapter-a-night ghost story for the year old range. Those anxious to find out what happens need not worry, however, as 56 Water Street is a quick read at pages.
Recommended for public libraries, particularly those wishing to acquire more titles by Canadian authors. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Nobody Bod Owens is, in most respects, your average kid, except that he lives in a graveyard. After his parents and sister are murdered when he is just a toddler, he is adopted by ghosts in a cemetery near his home and is given a rare gift: the Freedom of the Graveyard, which allows him to do many of the same things as the ghosts, including walking through walls.
However, there is one thing that he can't do, which is leave the graveyard. Leaving could put him in danger of being found by Jack As always, Neil Gaiman creates an atmosphere at once terrifying and captivating for all ages. The accompanying black and white illustrations, courtesy of Dave McKean, add to the atmosphere of the story and are placed well throughout the novel.
Gaiman's characters display a greatness of depth that is not often seen in literature for this age range. The main characters are also seen at various stages of their youth, making them easy to identify with for children, teens and adults alike. This is a page-turner that no reader will want to put down until every page has been read.
Winner of the Newberry Medal, this title is recommended for public libraries and academic libraries with children's literature collections. Notes: Contains violence, murder and potentially disturbing scenes. Turn the page and even things that might be scary to kids or mice are portrayed at their most benign and cutest. The book ends on a positive note, making it a good choice to share with first-time trick or treaters. Flashlight Press, Available: Pre-order for April 1st. Ethan has a problem. How will he ever get to sleep without his nightly scare?
There is a subversive appeal to I Need My Monster. Instead, he quickly takes control of the situation. While shadowed, they are whimsical and colorful, and scary monster claws and tails turn out to be attached to bright yellow, purple and green creatures more comic than they are frightening. Although I Need My Monster is targeted at year olds, kids at the younger end of that spectrum may not have the sophistication to appreciate or understand the humor, and some of the word choices and illustrations could have a powerful impact.
Particularly with the preschool crowd, this is a book to share and discuss. I Need My Monster is a great choice for middle and upper elementary kids who have outgrown their fears of the monster under the bed, and now enjoy a delicious scare, especially one leavened with humor. Monsters on Machines by Deb Lund, ill. Robert Neubecker. Harcourt, Monsters on Machines will be a hit with the preschool and early elementary crowd.
It has plenty of monsters, both silly and scary, with gleeful delight at running construction machinery and pride in building a house. From the very first page the monsters are safety conscious, donning hard hats and earplugs, they enthusiastically eat lunch, using their monster manners, take their naps without a fuss, and clean up their construction mess at the end of the day. Robert Neubecker skillfully uses vibrant color to bring his ink drawings to life, and his illustrations make it almost possible to imagine that the pictures were drawn and colored by a monster-loving child.
Both Lund and Neubecker use every space they can to involve kids in the story, even using the inside covers, which have miniature drawings of construction machines on them, to give parents and children the opportunity to make the book a truly interactive experience by talking about and matching the machines. All in all, Monsters on Machines is a great choice for active, mud-loving, mess-making kids, especially those fascinated by monsters, machines, or construction of any kind. Monster Musical Chairs by Stuart J.
Murphy , ill. HarperCollins, The plot is pretty simple. By the end of the game and the book , your child will be saying the words with you! Monster Musical Chairs is part of the MathStart series, which is intended to get kids to see the fun in math, and the focus of this particular book is subtraction, targeted to ages 3 and older.
In the back of the book, there are suggestions for activities and additional books for parents who want to use the book for direct instruction and to extend mathematical exploration. Even if you never look at that back page, though, you and your child can still rock to the imaginary music of five whimsical monsters racing around a bunch of chairs.
And who knows, maybe along the way, the kid will learn a little math. Coraline by Neil Gaiman. When I saw the advertisements for the movie Coraline , I knew that with a 7 year old I would have to watch the film so I quickly grabbed the book off the shelf to make sure I'd read it first.
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Both of her parents work at home, but they are always busy with work, and rarely have time to play with her. She wanders about their house a flat converted from a much larger house and visits with the neighbors. They don't seem to really notice her, though- everyone talks at Coraline rather than to her. She enjoys exploring and eventually comes across a door in her flat that opens to a brick wall. Her mother explains that it used to be a door that went into the neighboring flat, but now it's bricked up in case they rent it out.
Suddenly strange things crawl through the night, and the door that once led to a wall of bricks, opens to a long dark hallway, and a world disturbingly similar to the one she just left Coraline uses her strength, intelligence, cunning and determination to find her missing parents, and to get back home.
As an adult I thought to myself - this book will scare the crapola out of little ones! In the back, though, Gaiman states that the book was frightening to adults but an exciting adventure to children. Perplexed, I handed it off to my 7 year old. With a little help, he made his way through it. Not only did he manage to read it, but there were no nightmares. He was thrilled with it and can't wait for the movie.
I'm still perplexed as to how this book brings out such completely different emotions in children and adults. I don't know that the movie will be able to pull it off I have a hunch that the movie might encourage leaving the light in the hallway on at night. If you are an adult, don't let that stop you from reading this wonderful book. Think of it more like Alice in Wonderland and not the Disney version either , or The Wizard of Oz , focused on the scenes with the flying monkeys and the witch. Highly recommended, excellent novel. Read it to 7 and up, readable by 10 and up. Review by K D P.
Grimly packs a lot into each illustration, too. Contains: zombies, child kidnapping and imprisonment, implied cannibalism, and a variety of creepy creatures. A lush, nearly decadent book, A Practical Guide to Faeries is exactly what it advertises, a guide to finding, dealing with and surviving faeries. With beautiful art on every page, along with textured spots and even recipes, it teases every sense, pulling children and adults into the world of the Feywild. This book is high fantasy, but doesn't forget the darker side of fae, profiling fae who drink blood and try to drown adventurers and realms where you age a year a day.
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With its vivid art and fun "guided" style it's a great addition to fantasy collections whether library or public. Reviewed by Michele Lee. Darkness Slipped In by Ella Burfoot. Roaring Brook Press, June Although one might expect the illustrations to look flat on the page, Burfoot has managed to provide some three-dimensionality by giving shadows to Daisy and the objects in her light-filled room, and by defining the figure of Darkness from a matte black with a shiny material that reflects light.
The shiny material that Burfoot uses to express the image of Darkness invites children to touch, just as Daisy does, giving them some control and even a way to experience wonder in what can be a very friendly, rather than ominous, experience after Mom and Dad turn out the light.
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Note for librarians: expect to see a lot of fingerprints on the shiny pages! Highly recommended for children's collections in public and elementary school libraries, and as a parent-child read-aloud. Scholastic, reissued in August Beamster is terrifying. Just to get inside, you have to be decontaminated! The books are bolted to the shelves, the kids are literally glued to their chairs, and the computer uses a real mouse!
In appearance, the scary Mrs. Note: this book is part of the Black Lagoon series. Highly recommended, especially for elementary school library media centers. Aladdin, Bunnicula is a classic scary story for kids. When the Monroe family finds a strange bunny in a theater showing Dracula, their cat, Chester, and dog, Harold, decide to investigate the aptly named Bunnicula. As if the bunny's strange markings and creepy red eyes weren't. The lovably dim Harold and.
This is a fantastic choice for introducing children to scary stories. There's real drama and tension, with enough silliness to keep the scary parts feeling safe.
The characters, even Bunnicula, are distinct and lovable. Bunnicula stands up to the tests of time, memory and rereading. This book is a boon to any scary stories or kids' fiction collection. Note: Bunnicula is the first in a series. Additional titles include:. Howliday Inn. The Celery Stalks at Midnight.
Return to Howliday Inn. Bunnicula Strikes Again! Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow. There is also a related series, Tales from the House of Bunnicula , and there are other individual related titles and easy readers. Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler , ill. Chaos ensues when Skeleton wakes up with the hiccups. Uncluttered pages with vivid colors pop Skeleton out from the page. Of course, none of the traditional methods for getting rid of the hiccups work with a skeleton- the illustrations of Skeleton trying to drink water upside down, eat sugar, and hold his breath are worth a thousand words.
Skeleton Hiccups is a true picture book. The quality of the finished product will engage the youngest readers, and can be enjoyed by their grown-ups, too. The Guardian lives under a portal to our world, and his ability to weaken nether creatures is the only thing keeping The Named from entering our world. The Guardian has one weakness- the touch of a human can kill it. Still, it desperately wishes for that human contact. The Named know this and are capturing children to bring back to the Guardian in the hopes that one will touch the frail creature and remove his protection from the portal.
They quickly succeed in weakening The Guardian to the point of death. Charlie and his friends must go on a mad quest to find the only medicine that will heal the sad creature - hydra milk. The task seems daunting, since no one has ever seen a female hydra, and The Named are clever and treacherous, and are slowly forming a web that humanity may not be able to escape. Once again, Dean Lorey writes a story full of strong and entertaining characters.
Nightmare Academy: Monster Madness is full of adventure from the first page to the last, with plot twists and surprises that will catch almost any reader off guard. Many monsters that the reader is familiar with from the first book will be quickly recognized, along with a wide variety of new ones that bring even more life to the Nether.
Contains: Mild violence and gore. Encycopedia Horrifica by Joshua Gee. Encyclopedia Horrifica is a collection of articles on all things paranormal, from aliens to vampires to psychic powers. The end result is an unusual reference book, complete with index and selected bibliography that kids will dig into and enjoy reading. Encyclopedia Horrifica also has some educational components. For instance, it compares vampires and werewolves in the movies to their closest real world counterparts.
There is an interview with a psychic spy, an excerpt from the journal of paranormal investigators staying overnight in a haunted house, and a discussion of real life zombies. The book is also interactive, with a chatty narrator and several quizzes and activities. Highly recommended for school media centers and public libraries. You Come Too Publishing. However, while Schwartz collected his stories from folklore and legend, Penn-Coughin has written these himself. In his introduction, Penn-Coughin makes suggestions aimed specifically at young readers on how to tell the stories orally.
The inclusion of instructions to would-be oral storytellers throughout affects the structure, effectiveness, and flow of the stories for silent readers, however. Some stories have also been written in dialect, which is distracting and will be frustrating to struggling readers.
The stories are of varying quality. Penn-Coughin also illustrated the collection, and his illustrations are a real strength of the book. His bizarre, indistinct black and white images provide plenty of opportunity for the imagination to run wild and are a perfect complement to a collection of scary stories. They decide to stage some ghost sightings, and soon have tourists flocking to the quiet inn.
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Travis and Corey are likeable kids, and the ghost boys are an engaging group of poltergeists who add energy, chaos, and some levity to the plot. Recommended for upper elementary and middle school students. Contains: Child abuse, mention of suicide. I admit there is nothing scary about Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night. With simple words and spare text, and lots of repetition, Anne Rockwell describes the experience of a child exploring a pumpkin patch, choosing a pumpkin, scooping out the insides, and carving a jack-o-lantern with his mother.
Older readers may smile, looking back on the days when they roasted and salted pumpkin seeds in the oven mine were always a little burned. Clean lines and bright colors make this a perfect choice for sharing this Halloween tradition with a preschooler before venturing out to the pumpkin patch together. Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Sarfozo, ill. Lumpy, bumpy, showy, glowy, sunny, sumptuous… Mary Sarfozo obviously had fun playing with words when she wrote Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin.
The story describes Peter, a joyful tiger, and his search for the perfect pumpkin to carve with his dad and enter into the jack-o-lantern contest. The rhyming is irregular, but instead of disrupting things, it simply keeps the story skipping along. Colorful, well-defined illustrations glow on the pages. The Viper by Lisa Thiesing. With friendly cartoonish illustrations and foolish, likable Peggy the Pig as a main character, the story is more silly than suspenseful.
Thiesing also uses the story to introduce concepts of time, including years, seasons, months, days of the week, minutes, and seconds, but her handling of this seems confusing and inconsistent. As the arrival of the Viper gets to its final countdown, the story picks up, with its funniest and most suspenseful moments right at the very end. The last moments of the story make this a great read-aloud. Unfortunately, in spite of snarling, running to school on all fours, and biting the girl who sits in front of him in class, nobody seems to notice.
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Wolves by Emily Gravett. Uncluttered pages illustrate an unwary rabbit who is so absorbed in his new library book, a nonfiction book about wolves, he absentmindedly walks into some real trouble. In spite of its appearance, it is not really aimed at the preschool crowd. Front Street, The monster under the bed, the monster in the closet, the monster in the attic, and the monster in the basement, are scared of one another, and she ends up befriending them all. The artist uses bright, almost neon colors in places, that literally glow in the shadowy darkness of the pastel illustrations.
The goofy looking monsters are endearing rather than frightening, making this a good book for children who appreciate shivery fun paired with a little gentle humor. Whitman, Wanda is certain she has a monster in her closet. Granny, however, listens at the closet door and confirms it. Houghton Mifflin Company, The bright colors and dark lines do a nice job of making the illustrations pop out from the page.
The irregular outlines suggest children at work, carefully drawing their intended costumes. Luckily, the pictures do their work without needing explanation, since the rhythm is uneven and the lines do not fall in a predictable pattern. These flaws make it difficult to read the story aloud, although the illustrations scream out for exactly that. The lack of background information in a book clearly intended for young children is frustrating, as well. How many kindergarteners know what binary code is? Young children will like the illustrations, but the unpredictable text will throw new readers for a loop.
Her Grandma Sal thinks playing tricks and scaring people is the best part of the holiday. The problem is that while they argue, they are taking all the fun out of Halloween for Pip and her friends. The trick-or-treaters make a run for it, get lost, and are menaced by bullies dressed as pirates. Can Grandma Sal and Grandma Nan team up to save the day?
There are a limited number of easy readers when it comes to scary stories and Halloween, and this is a nice addition to that list. Bunnicula and Friends: The Vampire Bunny is a nice transitional read for the child moving from easy readers to longer chapter books. Candlewick Press, Monsterology contains a guide to mythological monstrous beasts, written by the fictional Dr. Ernest Drake. Drake divides his text into chapters, and in each chapter writes about his journeys to distant lands and the creatures he finds on his travels.
Monsterology is visually impressive and gorgeously illustrated. While the interactivity of the book helps immerse the reader in Dr. Monsterology is a volume in the Ologies series and a companion book to Dragonology. It is an excellent addition to the growing field of monster guides and encyclopedias, and would fit nicely beside a Practical Guide to Monsters. They are afraid that the other children will harass him, make fun of him, and hurt him. They fear for good reason because whenever Charlie falls asleep, he opens doorways to another dimension, a dimension full of hungry spiders, memory stealing hags, and electricity eating gremlins.
Luckily, there is an organization for boys just like Charlie. The Nightmare Academy is a fantastic place where children learn to harness their nightmares and use them to fight against the creatures of the Nether, the plane of existence where the nightmare creatures live. The only problem is that Charlie is an anomaly even in this strange group. His powers far outclass those around him and he soon becomes a danger, not only to himself and his family, but a possible threat to the entire world. Dean Lorey has created a marvelous alternate reality where nightmares become catalysts for summoning real and deadly creatures.
The story draws the reader in with lively characters and threatening villains, wondrous creatures and hideous monsters. Charlie and his newfound friends are sympathetic, accessible characters with incidents of humor and moments where they expose their true fears. I always had to read at least two chapters at a time and through the weekend four chapters in two different readings.
She absolutely loved this book. Review by Bret Jordan. Walker and Company, Sammy hates lima beans. Meal after meal, his mother puts them on his plate, until he is forced to take extreme measures. He smuggles the lima beans out in his sock and dumps them in an abandoned lot. Other children in the neighborhood soon adopt his scheme and the pile of hated vegetables grows and grows.
The Lima Bean Monster has potential, but somehow falls flat. Review by Francesca the Librarian. She also likes that Nancy has a sister, just like she does. Finally, Nancy is in Grade 3 in school, and Sophie is in Grade 2, so they are almost the same age. So, there you have it! Thanks, Sophie! Here are just a few of best non-fiction books that Leah has devoured in her search for knowledge, inspiration, and incredible stories:.
Leah has read dozens of books dedicated to the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic. But the one book on the subject that has stood the test of time and which resides on the bookshelf in her bedroom is Exploring the Titanic by Robert Ballard, who is the oceanographer who first discovered the wreck.
The allure of the Titanic disaster, for Leah, is the contrast between the epic scale of the disaster and the incredible personal stories that abound. Leah also appreciated the respect with which Dr. Leah has never shown that much interest in war history per se, but like so many others, she has been drawn to the story of Anne Frank. The conclusion of the book is well-known, but still caused Leah to feel much in her heart and mind. We may cover all of the following books, some of them, or perhaps none at all, as our attention may be diverted by treasures that we are not even aware of yet.
But more than likely, these books will be next on our list. The story is told all in rhyme. It tells the tale of the wreck from the point of view of Seamus, a crew member, and Ann, who rowed out in raging seas, and was credited with rescuing dozens of survivors. This is a creative take on the historical fiction genre and can easily be read in one sitting.
Ann is, definitely, an under-celebrated Canadian heroine. These books are bleak, but they do a really good job of portraying the lives of women and girls under the Taliban, and without having to say it, contrasting their lives with those of young girls in our part of the world who are doing the reading. Excellent, thought-provoking, and occasionally unsettling books , but highly recommended nonetheless. Quite simply, The Giver is a wonderful story of a unique world where colour equals emotion and feelings.
The story depicts a society that has traded passion for security, love for stability, and ideas for industry. Any reader, male or female, who has any sense of emotional claustrophobia will not breathe until this story has raced downhill to its icy conclusion. Lois Lowry also wrote another great book called Number the Stars. The main character is a ten-year old girl named Annemarie who, as the events of history unfolds, finds herself protecting her best friend, who is Jewish, from being sent to the concentration camps.
Annemarie and her family work with the Danish Resistance to smuggle Jewish friends and families into Sweden. The act of smuggling the Jewish characters is a white-knuckle read. It would be an excellent adventure story on its own, but with the historical tie-ins, the plot is elevated to a higher plain of relevance. All that I have ever really asked for Leah, when it has come to reading, is that she continue to pursue it, that she continue to enjoy it and that she continue to read good books, period , regardless of gender classifications.
A good book is a good book is a good book, as I always say. As I begin to wind this post down, I do so with the slight caution that while the books Leah and I have read over the course of her life have been the best books for her and, by extension, for me , they are only a guide for you as a young female reader, or for you as the person who loves that young female reader.
The overarching message that extends throughout my journey with my daughter is this:. If you want a young girl in your life to make a permanent, lifelong connection with the act of reading, you need to read to them from their earliest days, and do so out of love for them and for the stories you are sharing. You need to surround them with books of all subject matter, genres, and levels of complexity. Finally, you need to let the young reader follow their muse when it comes to mining an area of interest.
We did all of those things with Leah and she has turned out to be a wonderful reader with a keen eye for good literature and strong female role models. The fact that she accomplished this mainly through historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy is neither here nor there. It is simply what worked for her. Read with your child, surround them with good books, and let them chart their own course, and you too, will have an inspired reader on your hands. Knowing the Happy Hooligan community a bit, I know that you are good to share success stories with each other. So, in that regard, if you feel this list has missed some of the best books for girls; books that have worked for you as a young female reader, or have worked with daughters of yours then please, by all means, share those titles and your stories in the comment box below.
I hope that your readers may draw inspiration from what she has accomplished. This moment symbolizes for me what reading with my daughter truly means. I share that moment now, with all of you. As noted at the beginning of this post, Leah and I reading together has become woven in the fabric of our lives. It is part of our relationship together that we both treasure. We read together because we love one another.
We love one another, so we read together. It all fits together so perfectly for us both. I will feel my heart crack on the spot, but because I love her, I will tell her to go and be with her friends. I will tell her to have fun with someone other than me. I will watch her grow up and leave. I know that this is a part of life, but just the same, I am not yet ready for our reading time to end.
So, with that in mind, I was definitely caught off guard when we came to the scene in the Little House books where Laura has fallen in love with Almanzo Wilder and has agreed to get married. I choked back my tears and soldiered on, but inside I was dying, and all the while, Leah was wondering what was wrong with my voice all of a sudden. I attempted to capture that moment in a poem that I like to share when it comes time for good-byes. That I can, too, is confirmed by her hand reaching for mine as we read.
We are comfortable in the warmth of her pink bedroom, flannel jammies and slippers, too. Yet we feel the bitter winds of The Long Winter And thirst for sunshine, in the starlight, in our home. We smile. Our hearts fill. As did the Ingalls that night, so many lifetimes ago. The bonds of family. The foundation of Home. Timelessly on display in the pages of our most treasured of books. The lessons, obvious. Her small heart beats with vigor. She is ever becoming Laura; stronger, more able, more a young woman With dreams, ……….
With dreams that cause my heart to ache. I stop reading aloud. She turns, her eyes to mine. I have to juggle my many emotions, managing to meekly clear my throat. Together we watch that wagon drive away Damn you, Laura Ingalls! The story of family and of trails blazed across space and time is now a road map for my daughter; a way forward, a yardstick for her to measure success and love. The final pages read. I tuck her gently under a downy comforter.
A tender kiss. A lamp turned off. Tom MacInnes lives in Cobourg, Ontario, with his beautiful wife and two daughters. He is an Elementary School Teacher who is nearing retirement , after a long and fruitful career helping young children learn to read. He hopes his retirement years will allow for a greater focus on his writing. Like most men, if you cut him, he would bleed bacon. If you wish to contact Tom, he will be having a hot cup of tea and checking his email at tmacinnes cogeco. Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans.
She began blogging in , and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe. Tom, I have enjoyed reading your article fully! It was a trip down memory lane as I read so many of those books to my three daughters. Your choice of books for girls is definitely approved by my family, and even as they read their many texts and articles for university, the reading and books we shared when they were children has served them well.
Thank you for supplying this excellent list to open the door to reading really great books to boys and girls alike. Thanks for your kind words, Deb. As you, no doubt understand, when you love your children, you find ways to express that beyond hugs and kisses. Reading together does that for Leah and I. You have a wonderful selection of chapter books here. By the way, the Smile and Sisters books have been read over and over again at our house, too. Both girls are reading Ghost now.
That Raina Telgemeier is on to something, I tell ya! Thanks for your comment and for taking the tmw to read this post. I appreciate it. This is a wonderful list! Thanks for reading. I appreciate your kind comments. Have fun reading….. This is such a heart warming post and I can totally relate. Thank you. I love that you read to her before she was even born, Kate! I thank you for leaving the comment that you did.
There is nothing silly about it at all. That you read to your u born child is just one indication that this child was loved. You and your daughter are both lucky to have each other. It is funny but, predictable I suppose, that since handing this post off to Jackie, I have thought of several other excellent books that we read together aroudn the age your daughter is now.
Enjoy this time with your daughter. I found that age seven and eight was when Leah really took off and the books we were reading really got more interesting and involved. Have fun. The Boston Globe said of her second novel, Sonata 1 for Riley Red, "literature doesn't get much better than this. Eva Gray enjoys reading, cooking, and camping. Though she doesn't expect to need them in the near future, Eva keeps lots of extra batteries for her flashlight and a stock of canned food in her pantry. When Alice's Aunt Polly passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe.
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