1) I LOVE the name of the mountain, which is the name of the book, it is pretty creative. Local people are frightened of it, so they call it "Knee-knock Rise." The small town at the base is called, also creatively, Instep.
2)I'm just not sure what Babbitt was getting at here. As much as I really don't like to put words into someone else's mouth, I feel there could be several interpretations, which I wil ...more
I visited a certain king
Who had a certain fool.
The king was gray with wisdom got
From forty years of schol.
The fool was pink with nonsense
And could barely write his name
But he knew a lot of little songs
And sang them just the same.
The fool was gay. The king was not.
Now tell me if you can:
Which was perhaps ...more
I don't know about anyone else, but this book felt like a God allegory. A small village has a local legend of a mythical beast that lives at the top of a cliff on their mountain, which howls loudly during heavy rain/lighting storms. Everyone is scared of it (but also kind of fond o ...more
One of the blurbs on the back of the book describes it as a "new folktale," and that's probably an apt description. The story tells the tale of a boy named Egan as ...more
Natalie Babbitt is one of my favorite authors from my childhood, and set a goal to read four award-winning books this year, so I figured I'd reread Kneeknock Rise. It's a Newbery Honor Book and I had forgotten some of the details, plus it's a super quick read. I read it in just a few hours, with breaks to eat and talk with friends. I love Babbitt's writing because how beautifully she uses words and imagery, so the quality of her writing always deserves five stars in my opinion. However, I found...more
Consider Babbitt's words on p. 111: "...[I]t doesn't really matter. The only thing that matters is whether you want to believe...or not...And if your mind ...more
I did not want to incorporate any of the characters in my review. The plot of the story does not so much as surround the protagonist, as it d ...more
I needn't have worried. My kids blew me away with how much they cou ...more
This book would be appropriate for independent readers between nine and twelve ...more
my favorite quote,
"Is it better to be wise if it makes you solemn and practical, or is it better to be foolish so you can go on enjoying tourself?"
Something to think about.
I liked this book. I think it shows us how much society wants to believe in something whether it is good or bad. They want to believe there is something else besides their day to ...more
Egan is excited to be visiting his cousins in Instep village for their annual Fair. After all, exciting things never happen in his own city! But what promises to be even more exciting than the fair is the Megrimmum.
Looking down on Instep is a mountain called Kneeknock Rise. This is where the Megrimmum lives. No one has ever seen the Megrimmum, but they’ve heard its howls and screams during t ...more
The story itself is quite thought-provoking. I thought it was spot on in its depiction of people who sorta-kinda know deep down that there isn't really a monster, but want to believe there is because it makes life more interesting. I know a lot of people don't like th ...more
I've read several books since the last Good Reads. I enjoyed "Tuck Everlasting" so much, that I've tried to get, and read more books by Natalie Babbitt. I don't enjoy fiction books as much as realistic fiction books, but Natalie Babbitt can make the fiction books great! So now I need to tell you the book I'm reading! Knee Knock Rise, obviously by Natalie Babbitt! So I should probably follow the directions about what our Good Reads this week is supposed to be about.
Egan is the m ...more
Young Egan is traveling by chandler's cart to the distant village of Instep, to enjoy their annual fair, where he will
stay with relatives. (The setting is deliberately vague as to country and date.) But the guests and tourists expect much more than a delightful day in the country with special foods, games and craft booths. They want mist, rain and a big storm as a lugubrious prelude to the audible terror who dwells at the top of a mound called Kneeknock Rise. (W ...more
Nobody dares to climb the mountain, but when a boy named Egan visits the town, he decides to do so once and for all. What is the truth to Kneeknock Rise?
I finished this book, only 118 pages, in one day! It was very well written. Kneeknock Rise tells the story of a young boy called Egan as he takes a dare from his rude cousin and climbs the dangerous Knee-knock Rise to slay the deadly Megrimum, a monster who has been harming the villagers.
What he discovers there will change everything and everyone--and he will see how strong the power of believin ...more
loved this description:
"A mumble of thunder complained from far away and then the clouds parted and the moon rode free. Instantly the mist was luminous, and Egan, with a gasp, felt as if he had suddenly been tucked inside a bubble. Looking up, he saw the moon as a shapeless radiance, like a candle seen through steamy glass. Each drop of moisture in the mist had become a tiny prism, filtering and fanning the dim light into a million pale rainbows of softe ...more
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She is also a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, li ...more