It's been a long time since I've sat and read a children's book cover-to-cover in a single day, but my pre-schooler and I were sick in bed today, and while he snoozed at my side, there was little else for me to do but stare at my Kindle. I'm not even sure how this book … Continue reading Book Review: Ingo by Helen Dunmore
The Tail of Emily Windsnap (2003) by Liz Kessler is a middle-grade children's novel about mermaids. Our protagonist, Emily, takes swimming lessons at her new middle school, only to discover that, when fully immersed in water, she becomes a mermaid. Now, despite the fact that she lives on a boat in a beachfront town, she … Continue reading Book Review: The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis is an award-winning children’s novel published in 1999. In 1930s Michigan, we meet Bud, a young African American boy on the run. He’s looking for a musician, whom he believes may be his father. He finds the man, befriends the band, and eventually discovers the truth behind the … Continue reading Book Review: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
I read Lois Lowry’s classic fantasy, The Giver, as an adult. In a Matched- or Hunger Games-like dystopian future, a boy’s destiny is chosen for him. He must become something of a memory keeper for his literally colorless society. As he awakens to the history of humanity, which he has never known, he discovers something else: the evil and … Continue reading Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is a 1960s book far ahead of its time. It captured some cool concepts about space, aliens, good vs. evil, and even spirituality. I read this book twice: once as an eleven-year-old, and once as a twenty-year-old. I loved it both times, but got more out of it the … Continue reading Book Review: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Inkheart is a fun, lighthearted YA fantasy by Cornelia Funke. The story is about a girl named Meggie and her father. Her father, a book conservationist, has a magnificent yet dangerous talent: anything he reads comes to life! Many years ago, this led to the villains of one novel capturing Meggie’s mother, and imprisoning her within … Continue reading Book Review: Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
I never finished the last two of C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia books, but read most of the series as a teenager. I must note, I read them solely for the story, and didn't think to dissect them for religious symbolism (although I was aware of it). I began with The Magician’s Nephew, which was the last of the books … Continue reading Book Review: The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Peter Pan by James Barrie was published with three alternate endings. I got the one with the pirate fight! It's been so many years, I hardly remember this adventure, but I know the story well through its various film adaptations!