Monday, April 29, 2013

My Friend Rabbit

My Friend Rabbit
by Eric Rohmann

I came across this book a few weeks ago and thought it was really cute. It has very few words but the pictures are fun and my boys thought it was really funny. It is about a rabbit who wants to help his friend mouse with his airplane but gets into some trouble. This would be perfect for the younger crowd, where words aren't really that important. Plus it shows how well pictures can tell an entire story!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Chasing the Prophecy

Beyonders: Chasing the Prophecy
by Brandon Mull

Once again Brandon Mull has successfully concluded a series and kept me entertained through out. I throughly enjoyed this book and was happy with all the twist and turns and endings. I loved seeing the prophecy that they received at the end of the last book slowly unveil itself. When the heros faced seemingly impossible situations, the solutions seemed brilliant and not impractical at all. I know fantasies sometimes have magical solutions but I like it when those solutions make sense with the story and aren't just easy fixes... if that even makes sense. I will admit that I figured out how they were going to beat the Emperor before they did but that didn't bother me.

What I really love about his writing is that he has such thoughtful and insightful moments between his characters. At one point there was a long discussion about doubts and faith that I found perceptive and enlightening. I love what Galloran says in response to Rachel's doubts, "Faith isn't knowledge, Rachel. Faith is a tool. Faith keeps us going until we get the knowledge. Faith keeps us striving until we reach the consequences of our most important decisions."

Anyway... This was a great ending to the series and it felt like there was even a possibility for another book. I continue to enjoy Brandon Mull's writing. He is truly great at story telling.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Kids' Corner

I found a couple classic kids' books at garage sales recently. I love it when I find books I remember really liking from my childhood.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
by Judi Barrett

This fun book is about a town where their food comes from the weather. My boys seemed to like this book as much as I did as a kid. I'm always glad when they like the same books I did.

Make Way for Ducklings
I was an animal lover as a child (still am) so it should come as no surprise that I loved this story about a family of ducks. It is really cute. If you haven't read it to your kids before you should!

Madeline's Rescue
by Ludwig Behelmans

I loved Madeline and this book. This one has a dog in it so of course I really liked it. I loved the setting and the pictures. It is a fun story about the small Madeline and her adventures.

What classic children's books do you remember liking as a kid?

Monday, April 15, 2013

Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion

Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion
By Brandon Mull

Oh how I enjoy reading anything written by Brandon Mull and this book was no exception.

This story continues following Rachel and Jason as they attempt to find a way to defeat the evil wizard Maldor. I couldn't put this story down and stayed up way later then I planned last night to finish it. There are so many fascinating people in this story. I really love the World of Lyrian that he has created. The different types of people they encounter are so different from many of the other fantasies I have read and I thought they made the book that much more interesting. I even liked the walking dead in the story and I haven't found too many books with Zombies that interesting before so that is saying something.

So far this has been a great fantasy series. Books like this always remind me why I love fantasies so much. I have already started the last book in the series and I can't wait to find out how it all ends.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Conspiracy of Kings

A Conspiracy of Kings
by Megan Whalen Turner

This is the last book in the King's Thief series that I have been reading. I was excited to read this book because it tells what happened to Sophos, Gen's traveling companion and friend from the from the first book. In the second or third book they mention that he is missing or dead so I really wanted to know what became of him. I really liked him in the first book so I was excited to find where he had truly disappeared to.

Even though there isn't has much of Gen in this book I still really enjoyed reading it. Much of it is written as though Sophos is writing a letter to someone. It took me awhile to figure out who he was writing to but I loved the idea once I figured it out.

This was a really fun series and I would highly recommend all four books. I never got bored and she always managed to surprise me in some way. If you are looking for a quick and fun read or if you like fantasy these would be a great choice!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Mark of Athena

The Mark of Athena
by Rick Riordan

I have been waiting to read this book for awhile no. My husband had started reading it before me and not wanting to lose his place I was waiting of him to finish before I started. I finally decided not to wait any longer, especially after he decided to start reading Game of Thrones instead. That book is long!

It had been so long since I read the last two books ( Lost Hero, Son of Neptune) and I was having a hard time remember all the characters and events that occurred in them. Wanting to have a better memory of the previous two books I spent a couple days skimming through them so that they would be fresh in my mind.

I am glad I did because it helped me get into this book much faster. I really enjoyed this book which is not surprising since I had liked all his other books so much.

The only thing I would have liked more of in this book was to have some of Jason's point of view. I really like his character in the first book and was looking forward to reading more about him. But there are 7 demigods in this book so I understand why there wasn't room for more chapters devoted to each of them.

I did enjoy reading about their adventures together  and how the two groups interacted. It was interesting to see Percy and Jason struggle with not being the only Hero and having to rely more on the others to get them out of trouble. I thought that it was a really great message about being willing to accept help and not always thinking you have to do everything on your own.

It ended with a cliff hanger so not I can't wait until the next book. Unfortunately it doesn't come out until the fall, so I have a while to wait!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Wellness Check

I love my children's doctor. She is great and every time they go she lets them pick out a book to take home.

Last week they had their annual wellness check ups and these are the books they choose to bring home.

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
By Laura Joffe Numeroff

Surprisingly we didn't own this book yet. This is a classic and it was as fun to read as I remember. My kids thought it was pretty fun too. I like all the other books in this series but this one is definitely my favorite.

David Gets in Trouble
By David Shannon

My five year old (Wow, I can't believe I have a five year old now!) picked this one out. It doesn't have a lot of words but the pictures are hilarious. My kids really like these books and this one is one of my favorites in this series. This is a perfect book for kids who need fewer words and more pictures.