I loved this spooky story about Irréelle, a fragile young girl made of bones, dust, and imagination. HerA delightfully creepy, Neil Gaiman-esque tale.
I loved this spooky story about Irréelle, a fragile young girl made of bones, dust, and imagination. Her sweet innocent spirit made me want to reach out and hug her. The wistful, lyrical prose swept me along as I followed the enchanting misfits (including The HAND!) through dark tunnels and graveyards in their quest for freedom and life.
This beautifully written story about deep yearning also includes some humorous asides: one that mentions how Irréelle crosses her arms (left beneath the right). So of course, I had to stop reading and see how I did it (right on the bottom).
Within the core of this delightfully twisted tale about the magic of bone dust breathes a sweet tale of love, friendship, and courage; and I was thoroughly entranced by it....more
Sophie Anderson performs her magic again! I loved The House With Chicken Legs so much, I couldn’t wait until 2020 for the American release of The GirlSophie Anderson performs her magic again! I loved The House With Chicken Legs so much, I couldn’t wait until 2020 for the American release of The Girl Who Speaks Bear—so I ordered it from England. While reading it, I savored every lyrical sentence and the charming folk art Illustrations by Kathrin Honesta. Needless to say, this latest book is just as wonderful as the first.
This delightful journey through Russian folklore features the story of Yanka (part girl, part bear) and her adventures in the Snow Forest. The timeless fairy tales featured within the main story all weave into Yanka’s quest to find where she belongs. I see her acceptance of herself as an allegory of our own constantly changing bodies: how we must adapt and appreciate the special gifts these transformations give us. I also love the idea of always hanging on to a thread of our own ancient and wild nature.
I couldn’t resist the tiny (but brave) weasel and his elaborate war dances (even though his fancy moves cause him to pull a few muscles on occasion). I also loved the friendly puppy-dog personality of the house with chicken legs in this story. I can’t wait for Sophie Anderson’s next book!
First of all, I love the cover of Ollie Oxley and the Ghost; the artwork is gorgeous. Once I tore myself away from the cover and opened the book, IFirst of all, I love the cover of Ollie Oxley and the Ghost; the artwork is gorgeous. Once I tore myself away from the cover and opened the book, I found the actual story equally enticing. The main characters are a delightful crew of middle graders (along with one friendly ghost) who take the reader along a fun-filled journey searching for gold.
The story unfolds with a breezy pace, sweeping the reader along with Ollie’s problems and adventures. Every sentence is written with great care, filled with love and heart. Along with Ollie, I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his adorable drama-queen little sister and the friendly ghost that plops a peach on the school bully’s head. Readers will also learn a little history about the California Gold Rush. All in all, a great, fun book....more