One thing this small book proves as true is that Neil Gaiman has not forgotten what it is to be a little boy.
I decided to read this book (which was aOne thing this small book proves as true is that Neil Gaiman has not forgotten what it is to be a little boy.
I decided to read this book (which was a gift for my son) after I witnessed something rather miraculous. My son likes to read, but usually requires some encouragement to keep at it for more than 20 minutes at a time. Upon opening Fortunately the Milk, my 9 year old boy became glued to the spot and did not close the book until it was completed. His face was pale and his eyes were large (as it was past his bedtime) but he insisted upon relating his favorite parts to me before going to sleep.
I promised him I would interrupt the other books I was reading in order to read this one right away.
Fortunately the Milk (FTM) is a little over 100 pages, many of them being illustrated. It reads a bit like a Roald Dahl book that married a Dr. Seuss story. Specifically, I was reminded of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator and To Think that I Saw it on Mulberry Street. FTM is chock-full of nonsense and stream of consciousness story-telling. It has the ridiculousness that young children find completely diverting.
When a boy and his little sister discover that there is no milk for their cereal, their father goes out to buy them some...only he is gone for "ages and ages." As explanation for why he took so long, their father relates a fantastical tale involving aliens, dinosaurs, pirates and time-travel.
FTM is perfect for elementary-aged children between ages 7 to 11 (give or take). The humorous illustrations help to keep hesitant readers engaged in a fast-paced adventure story. FTM is actually a short story, as it isn't divided into chapters, and is too long to be a picture book. It is the perfect length for the wiggly, squirmy type that don't often sit still long enough to read. Gaiman accurately captures the spirit of a child's imagination while the illustrator, Skottie Young accentuates the story with images that are humorous while not being cutesy.
If I were a 9 year old boy, I would probably give this tale 5 stars. However, having read almost all of Gaiman's works and knowing what he is capable of, I gave this book 4 stars. I am sort of like that professor that only gives an A- because to give an A would mean perfection.
I HIGHLY recommend this book for any children's or elementary school library. ...more
This is an excellent fantasy adventure series for older elementary aged students (ages 7-10). The series would have a strong appeal with both boys andThis is an excellent fantasy adventure series for older elementary aged students (ages 7-10). The series would have a strong appeal with both boys and girls. My son and I are listening to the series and really enjoy the audio version. The story is engaging and written on a reading level that will not intimidate hesitant readers.
The story is about an alley cat who is accidentally adopted by a young Wizard boy to be his Familiar (a magical animal who assists a wizard). The problem is- he isn't magical! However, he is street smart and this is a talent not to be overlooked. When the world of Vastia gets turned upside down, Aldwyn the Alley Cat may be exactly what the world needs!...more
My son and I really love these books! Griffin and his friends are a great bunch of characters. Korman does an excellent job keeping the reader engagedMy son and I really love these books! Griffin and his friends are a great bunch of characters. Korman does an excellent job keeping the reader engaged....more
I liked this book. BUT. It took a REALLY long time for this story to get off the ground. Let me be fair and say that I LISTENED to this book- the audiI liked this book. BUT. It took a REALLY long time for this story to get off the ground. Let me be fair and say that I LISTENED to this book- the audiobook, to be precise. Eventually, I loved the story- but I wasn't sure if I would have the resilience to finish it. I wanted more: More creepy doll activity. More spooky. The book falls short of what Holly Black is really capable of. So, while I did eventually enjoy this book- I cannot give it more than 3 stars. ...more
A wonderful story complete with a wicked stepmother, magic, and transformative love. This faerie-ghost tale is reminiscent of the old faerie tales likA wonderful story complete with a wicked stepmother, magic, and transformative love. This faerie-ghost tale is reminiscent of the old faerie tales like Rapunzel, and Hansel and Gretel, yet it speaks to today's children. A delightful story of friendship, loyalty, love and death. A page turner from beginning to end!...more
Taking place in pre-Shakespearean, Elizabethan England, this story is filled with Renaissance vernacular, culture, and thinking. In this tale, young MTaking place in pre-Shakespearean, Elizabethan England, this story is filled with Renaissance vernacular, culture, and thinking. In this tale, young Meggy Swann has been "sent for" by her father to leave her home in her mother's Alehouse and come assist him in his "great work" in London. Alchemy, a study based on misinformation and error, was considered a viable philosophy in these times and is what consumes the mind of Meggy's father, Master Ambrose. When Ambrose learns his estranged daughter is "a crook leg," he ingores the girl, providing her with not even a crumb to eat. Meggy, being an unwanted, handicapped young lady in a time where anything imperfect was considered the work of the devil, has a difficult time in society as it is. Now she has to fend for herself. However, necessity is the mother of invention and Meggy's survival instincts force her to face the world and find her way.
Reading Level: 4th grade and up. Intrest Level: 9-12...more
43 Old Cemetery Road Series: Dying to Meet You by the Klise Sisters; 2011-2012 Sunshine State Young Reader Award Winner; Interest and Reading Level: 343 Old Cemetery Road Series: Dying to Meet You by the Klise Sisters; 2011-2012 Sunshine State Young Reader Award Winner; Interest and Reading Level: 3rd-5th grade.
Written as a series of correspondences, and newspaper articles, Dying to Meet You is a Ghost Story like none you have ever read before! The Klise Sisters' style reminds me of the successful partnership of Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake. Like Dahl's works, this story tells of a remarkable child born to terrible parents. Young Seymour Hope is a talented 11-yr old artist who is the son of Les and Diane Hope, inept Paranormal Scientists (as well as inept parents!). His home, a rickety old Victorian in which he has been abandoned for the summer, is being rented out by hateful, has-been author, Ignatius B. Grumply. The former owner of the home, the deceased, yet lovely Olive C. Spence also lives in the home, and is Seymour's best friend. Grumply hates children and people in general. Olive and Seymour dislike strangers being in their home. Grumply has a novel to write and a deadline to meet. Olive and Seymour have their own agenda.
This is a very quick, yet enjoyable, read. I would recommend this to ANY elementary school student. Younger, more advanced readers will enjoy the story as will older, hesitant readers. The pace of the story is like that of a graphic novel. Readers will not be bogged down in text- but will still experience a very full story with excellent vocabulary to learn. Being the first of three installments (so far), this series will keep readers excited to continue reading. I highly recommend!!!...more
This book has made it to the 2011-2012 Sunshine State Young Readers Award List. I read it last year and really enjoyed it. This is an excellent tale oThis book has made it to the 2011-2012 Sunshine State Young Readers Award List. I read it last year and really enjoyed it. This is an excellent tale of children finding their power and their voices. In its all too real depiction of a world in which not every adult has the best interests of children in mind, The Secret of Zoom is a fantasy story about hope, friendship, family, and a secret to be unearthed. This book will be appealing to both boys and girls- kids who like science, mystery, music, and adventure. There are secret tunnels and caves, a big old house, scientists, a lonely girl and many, many orphans. If you want to know more- you will have to read it!...more