Rockets have a lot of cache in my house. Because they are a form of transportation, yes, but also because they are rather mysterious, as I am not sure...moreRockets have a lot of cache in my house. Because they are a form of transportation, yes, but also because they are rather mysterious, as I am not sure what parts of space travel are really comprehensible to my 2 year old. But mystery or no, he really loves this book. I like it, too. The text is simple and charming, just short rhyming lines about the various stages of space flight. The pictures are big and colorful. My son’s favorite page is the countdown to the blast off — he really enjoys anything related to counting right now and is especially enamored of counting backward.
His mind may have been blown when I tried to explain the page showing earthrise from the moon. I’m not sure I did a very good job of it, though (thank goodness for books with pictures).
Wait a minute … this book is selling for $60 on Amazon. Is it out of print?! Bummer. We found this one at the library. Highly recommended for a toddler who loves rockets and space ships. Also great for a squirmy kid who has trouble sitting still; you could really whip through this one in a flash if you had to.
I'm giving this a 1-star because the story takes place in a train station and George does not actually ride the train until the last page. So, if you...moreI'm giving this a 1-star because the story takes place in a train station and George does not actually ride the train until the last page. So, if you are expecting a Curious George story plus a train story, get ready to be disappointed.
The Keeper and the Rune Stone is a charming, family-centric novel that takes the sweet earnestness of The Boxcar Children and maps high fantasy elemen...moreThe Keeper and the Rune Stone is a charming, family-centric novel that takes the sweet earnestness of The Boxcar Children and maps high fantasy elements onto it.
Eleanor Driscoll, our narrator, is a precocious, empathetic thirteen-year-old with two brothers and a younger sister. She begins her story with a reasonably awesome wish-fulfillment laundry list: the Driscoll family has moved into an enormous, beautiful mansion! And they get new computers! And bikes! And horses! Of course, they will have to do chores in order to maintain these last, because this is a family story.
More to the point, the children are quickly introduced to the world of magic. Their indoctrination comes with the enhancement of the senses, though not actual superpowers – except for the reasonably fabulous ability to speak with animals.
But, of course, magic always comes with a price. There are negative elements within the world of magic, and now the Driscoll children are exposed to them – and must fight on the side of the good.
This is the kind of light, middle-grade fiction that will be torn through by hands eager to find out what happens next in the world of Eleanor and her brothers and sister.
A note for parents: most of the novel is safely PG, but there are vampires (in this book they’re called noctivagi), and the bad-guy scenes are decently scary. It doesn’t get scarier than the prologue, though, so if you’ve gotten through that with no trouble, the rest is smooth sailing.