Posts tagged with Fantasies
10 December 2014 - Book Review: Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. If sly hilarity and perfectly-paced comedic gags are your thing, you’ll love this series… Not everyone will love a children’s series dedicated to the criminal exploits of two polar bears driven by an insatiable desire for muffins. Some parents might feel the author treats stealing too lightly. But it’s clearly a fantasy, and the bears’ bumbling attempts never lead them into violence. For a perceptive readership, parents might even have a discussion about how when you lack self-control, you make foolish decisions that get you into trouble. This isn’t a moral story, but it happens in a moral world, where the bears’ outlandish behavior leads to consequences.
26 November 2014 - Book Review: Birthday Monsters
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Sandra Boynton brings us yet another snappy, silly book of hilarity for preschoolers… Preschoolers will love the rhythmic, crisp way this story is told, and will really enjoy the over-the-top bad example of these birthday monsters. And it’s actually funny enough that you might not be tempted to hide it on a high shelf after a few dozen readings.
15 November 2014 - Book Review: Alligator Arrived with Apples
Age 00-04. 4 Stars. Crescent Dragonwagon presents a delightfully fun Thanksgiving feast, delivered by animals A to Z. For each letter of the alphabet, one animal joins the feast bearing an appropriate contribution, and the verb designating its delivery also matches the letter… This lighthearted celebration, with enjoyable wordplay and some incidental alphabet education, provides a need counterpoint to more serious Thanksgiving books.
24 September 2012 - Book Review: Custard the Dragon and the Wicked Knight
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This sequel to The Tale of Custard the Dragon charms the reader with more of Nash’s matchless rhyme…. If told with a serious way, the story might be frightening to sensitive children, but the peppy, poetic rhythm and lighthearted images do much to lighten the potentially sinister mood. If your kids liked the original, this is sure to be a hit.
17 September 2012 - Book Review: The Tale of Custard the Dragon
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. The Tale of Custard the Dragon is a whimsical fantasy in verse… Nash’s hilarious wordcraft and sly humor will amuse children and adults alike, and Lynn Munsinger’s whimsical illustrations merrily evoke the mood of the poem, while bringing the rather complex vocabulary into reach for kids.
13 May 2012 - Book Review: The Adventures of Pinocchio
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This wasn’t originally a children’s story, but it is a story about childhood and the taming of childish, reckless impulses. It’s a deeply moral tale… It isn’t, however, a Christian story. Unlike most Christian teachings, the moralism is sometimes quite heavy-handed, and penalties for disobedience are often gruesome. Pinocchio’s redemption ultimately comes from his own resolve to change when he sees the consequences of his behavior for himself and others. Because of this moral self-reliance, this story may not be a good match for children who are prone to self-righteousness.
22 December 2011 - Book Review: A Christmas Carol
Rating: In Charles Dickens’ classic masterpiece, the miserable Scrooge is given a chance to repent of his selfish lifestyle when he is visited by four spirits — first, his tormented former business partner, sentenced to wander the netherworld until he has atoned for his sins — and then three “Spirits of Christmas,” who show him [...]
17 October 2011 - Book Review: Pilgrim’s Progress: A Retelling
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. Gary Schmidt brings us an accessible modern paraphrase of John Bunyan’s classic in his Pilgrim’s Progress. This version includes more plot and character detail than Dangerous Journey, although it preserves little of the original language. The modern text is good in its own right, however, even (especially) if you plan to move on later to the full novel.
1 October 2011 - Book Review: The Gingerbread Rabbit
Age 04-08. 4 Stars. This is a mischievous, fast-paced tale, with elements from The Velveteen Rabbit and The Gingerbread Man blithely borrowed and mingled to spin an entirely new story.
31 January 2011 - Book Review: Lionel and the Book of Beasts
Age 04-08. 5 Stars. The Book of Beasts is one of Edith Nesbit’s most exciting dragon stories… it is notable for placing a young child in a place of great responsibility, allowing him to exceed adult expectations by fulfilling the role of heroic monarch despite his age.
Good books… must be written according to the aesthetic laws that are part of the created order. As such, Christians can see them in the light of God, who is not only the source of all truth, but also the source of all beauty and all perfection (James 1:17). Conversely, books that are morally bad will tend to be aesthetically bad as well. — , Reading Between the Lines, 28
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