The pesky wolf from The Three Ninja Pigs is still hungry (after all he didn’t get anything to eat in the previous book). But because he was beaten byThe pesky wolf from The Three Ninja Pigs is still hungry (after all he didn’t get anything to eat in the previous book). But because he was beaten by the Ninja Pigs (and quite a few other animals) he decides to sneak into ninja school and train. And train he did. Eventually he mastered everything and was ready to go out and look for a meal. While looking for some food he runs into Riding Hood. He redirects her to pick some flowers and then sneaks into Grandma’s house to wait for her. But unlike other versions of Little Red Riding Hood Red is equipped to deal with a ninja wolf…because she is a ninja too.
This is another great ninja book. The little ones I read this to loved the ninja references and the fact that Red and the wolf were so well-matched. And Granny is seriously awesome (who wouldn’t love a granny who does tai chi?!?). I also love the illustrations and how the book is layed-out. The different pages have panels of illustrations (similar to graphic novel panels) only they are angled and slanted (no boring rectangular panels here). This helps give a feel of movement and action, which is especially great when Red and the Wolf are fighting. Plus the expressions are pure genius. (I can’t tell you how much one little kiddo laughed when seeing the lipstick and Granny’s robe on the wolf.) This story has enough meat on it that even elementary school kids will enjoy reading or listening to it. And the preschool story time kids will all want to be ninjas after reading this book. Brilliant. Just brilliant....more
Essie keeps her own secrets. She is living on the planet Thanda and fights and fixes drones (stitching computer codes) to survive. Only everything chaEssie keeps her own secrets. She is living on the planet Thanda and fights and fixes drones (stitching computer codes) to survive. Only everything changes once Dane comes and crashes near where she lives in Forty-Two. Suddenly Essie has to figure out how to either stand up and face her secrets and her past (while saving Dane’s life) or to harden and hide like she has for the past eight years. Only, it is hard for Essie to say no to helping Dane…even when he isn’t taking away all of her other options. And now Essie is in the middle of a war that spans multiple planets and multiple people. Only, she isn’t sure if she can stitch together enough codes to keep her and the worlds safe.
This is a brilliant re-telling of the fairy tale Snow White. Essie is a strong, amazing character. She didn’t have everything handed to her, but she still had enough grit and gumption to take control of her life and the world around her. Plus I loved how it had elements of Snow White but it didn’t force the whole story to be tied to the fairy tale. But there were apple references, seven “dwarfs”, and the kiss to complete the fairy tale. And now let’s talk about Dane. He is no prince charming who is just there to swoon over. Instead he has a personality. He gets angry and has strong emotional attachments to his family. He fights, he talks, and he plans. He is no stock character that the princess falls in love with and doesn’t see again until the wedding. He is there for all of the bits of the story. And once the romance started to really get going I couldn’t put the book down. Basically this book took over my life until I was able to finish reading it. But still I wish it was a wee bit longer just so I could keep enjoying it. Loved it. So much....more
A bear who was from the woods went for a walk. Unfortunately for the bear he got a little lost–in fact he ended up wandering all the way into the bigA bear who was from the woods went for a walk. Unfortunately for the bear he got a little lost–in fact he ended up wandering all the way into the big city next to his forest home. The city was bright, noisy, and just too busy for the bear to handle. In order to get away from the hustle and bustle he went into a building and ended up going up an elevator and into a fancy apartment. The bear wanted to take a little break from the city, so he stayed in the apartment. First he tried to eat some porridge, but only one was okay enough to eat. Then he tried to sit on some chairs, but only one was comfortable…and he broke that one. Then he tried to take a nap, but only one bed was worth sleeping in. Eventually the family who lived in the apartment came back. They were dismayed that their house had been disturbed…and that the one who disrupted the abode was sleeping in the little boy’s bed. However, unlike the traditional story, this one did not have the sleeping bear run away as soon as the family woke him up…because the mother of the family was none other than Goldilocks. She and the bear (who turned out to be Baby Bear) had a good chat before Baby Bear went back to his home in the woods.
This is a funny story for those who know the original story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Young readers will especially like the different types of “porridge” and “chairs” (a goldfish bowl/ cat food or cactus/cat respectively) that Baby Bear tends to try. The illustrations are also very colorful and bright. With such fun expressions on Baby Bear, Goldilocks and her family kids will enjoy reading this silly spoof of a classic fairy tale....more
I love this new Ever After High book! It made me think almost as much as the first book did. But then again, if you saw my review of Shannon Hale’s DaI love this new Ever After High book! It made me think almost as much as the first book did. But then again, if you saw my review of Shannon Hale’s Dangerous you would know that me loving Shannon Hale books is nothing new.
In this second in the series Raven Queen and Apple White are still trying to figure everything out at Ever After High (especially since Apple is still upset that Raven ruined Legacy Day). And Raven is still trying to make her own path and not be forced to live the life of her mother. Only now there are more characters that are trying to figure everything out. For example Cerise has a secret (her mother is Red Ridding Hood and her father is Big Bad Wolf) and should she be hiding for the rest of her life because she is part wolf? Or Ashlynn seems to be in love with the son of a Hunter instead of who the future Cinderella should be in love with. And then there is Maddie (the daughter of the Mad Hatter). She has heaps of troubles and who knows if Apple or Raven could get her out of them.
This is such a fun book. I laughed out loud. I stopped reading to ponder. I tried to guess about the new twists since there is just enough hints of fairy tales to make me know the characters without really knowing the characters. And really, the whole heart of the story is if these characters should really be forced into a life path set out for them. Or is Raven more evil than them all if she wants to have the opportunity to be her own person? Does going her own way and balking the traditional fairy tales make her more evil than even her mother the Wicked Queen? With all the great characters, fun plot, and bits to think on it isn’t any wonder that I gobbled this book up in less than 12 hours. So. Much. Fun. Shannon Hale, I can’t wait to read more....more
The other two books in this series had nice endings...not that the adventures were over just that they were good places to stop reading. This one hasThe other two books in this series had nice endings...not that the adventures were over just that they were good places to stop reading. This one has more of a cliff-hanger. And the fact that I can't even find the fourth book online anywhere...makes me wonder what is happening. I think some kids I know will be sad that they won't know the end of the adventures......more