Category Archives: Children

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I’ve read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland many times and it is still just as weird and wonderful as the first time I read it. It’s so creative and fun. It’s pretty short so it reads fast and makes a lovely family read-aloud. I highly recommend reading it.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 47
Pages Read in 2019: 11,874
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Black Powder and Moonlight by Melanie Winter

After reading Black Powder and Moonlight together, neither my sons nor I are quite sure what it was about. There was an overly large number of characters to keep straight particularly considering the short length of the book. The “rules” of the world weren’t really explained much and that made it all the more confusing. What the storyline was, well, there were some characters missing and then they were found and that was about it. I do not recommend this book at all.

1 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 46
Pages Read in 2019: 11,759
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Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham

Real Friends is a graphic novel telling the story of Little Shannon in elementary school dealing with “friends” and mean girls and her bear of a sister and not quite fitting in. It’s pretty relatable for most people who have ever been a girl. The drawings are fantastic. I very highly recommend it to elementary school kids, particularly those struggling with friendship issues and feelings of loneliness.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 1
Pages Read in 2019: 0
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Gulliver’s Travels adapted by Nick Eliopulos

Adapted for a younger audience, Gulliver’s Travels is an easy to read chapter book that hits all the main plot points of the classic novel. It’s an excellent book for young kids and can help make it so reading the original later on isn’t so daunting. I highly recommend it to elementary age kids.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 76
Pages Read in 2018: 18,140
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to my 9- and 11-year-old boys and they both loved it. The rooms Willy Wonka shows the children and the Oompa Loompa songs are very clever. There is a lot of humor (much of it a bit dark) sprinkled throughout the book. I highly recommend reading it to kids and adults. It makes a great family read-aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 57
Pages Read in 2018: 13,716
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The Mystery of Hollow Inn by Tara Ellis

Visiting her aunt and uncle, Sam and her friend Ally discover a legend about missing gold and set out to find it.

The Mystery Of Hollow Inn is very predictable and written rather awkwardly in the present tense. It is, however, a cute story with a good amount of tension and mystery for a book aimed at kids. The bad guy, though, was kind of thrown in from left field which was a little strange. It’s a good enough book that can be handed to a kid to read, but there are better out there.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 51
Pages Read in 2018: 12,462
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The Case of the Mysterious Mr. Jekyll by Daniel Kenney and Emily Boever

A group of sixth graders are asked by the police to solve their second case. They love math and use it to help in their detective work. When suspicion turns on them, it is a race against time to clear their names.

My 9-year-old enjoyed The Case of the Mysterious Mr. Jekyll. The kids in the book call themselves the Math Inpectors, but very little math was used in solving the crimes. The police were rather ridiculous in their reasons for suspecting them and there was no innocent until proven guilty for the kids with the school board. It’s an okay book, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to read it.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 49
Pages Read in 2018: 11,954
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