Tuesday, May 26, 2009

More books

Valentine's Broken Soup continued the trend of depressing books yesterday with the story of Rowan, who is given a negative of a photo of her brother who died and who sets out to find out how it came to be given to her. Her family is dealing poorly with the death. Since I got this book and a lot of others that were all bleak from the "New Book" shelf, I can only guess that for this order, the public librarians were filling a need for sad books.

Snow's Here Be Monsters was at least different. Replete with illustrations, this follows Arthur, who gets trapped in Ratbridge after venturing forth from his home. He runs into a cheese hunt, cabbage headed creatures, and other silly, Roald Dahlesque creatures and situations. At 529 pages, this will appeal to readers in the 3rd and 4th grade who want to prove how smart they are by lugging around a big book, and it is not a difficult read. It somehow seems too young for my middle school readers-- something is just half a note off their sense of humor.

1 comment:

  1. Oooh, another really good one for you to try is the Sisters Grimm series. You HAVE to try them. They're simply amazing and perfect for younger readers!