Category Archives: Children

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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Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious by Shannon Hale

Squirrel Girl is back and fighting crime along with her Squirrel Scouts. Doreen, on the other hand, is still not quite sure how to handle middle school. Everything about the new mall points to Hydra, so Squirrel Girl, Ana Sophia, and Doreen’s squirrel friends are determined to stop them before it’s too late.

Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy, 2 Furious is as cute as the first Squirrel Girl book, though not quite as funny (but still filled with humor). I read it to my 9- and 11-year-old sons for their bedtime story and they enjoyed it so much. I highly recommend it to kids and adults alike. It makes a good read-aloud, though it is a little difficult to read the text messages and message board postings out loud.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 46
Pages Read in 2018: 11,015
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Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale

Doreen Green is just a regular fourteen-year-old girl. Well, except for one thing. She has a tail. A squirrel tail. Secretly, she calls herself Squirrel Girl. When the Micro-Manager threatens her new town, Squirrel Girl is there to save the day.

Squirrel Meets World is the first of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl books. It is funny, exciting, and just plain fun. I read it aloud to my 9- and 11-year-old sons (and my husband and 18-year-old daughter usually joined us, too). My 11-year-old pretty much never stopped giggling. The chapters are told from various points of view and have endnotes that are Doreen’s thoughts as she reads along with us. I highly recommend reading this book. It makes a most excellent family read aloud!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 40
Pages Read in 2018: 9400
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High Tide in Hawaii by Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie travel back in time to old Hawaii where they are supposed to build a ship. In the process, they learn about hula dancing and surfing and tsunamis. High Tide in Hawaii is sprinkled with facts about Hawaii (mostly provided by Jack’s reference book). I highly recommend this and all the Magic Tree House books to kids who have recently learned to read chapter books on their own. They are easy to read and are a little educational, too.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 31
Pages Read in 2018: 7435
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