Rick Riordan – The heroes of Olympus Book 1 – The lost hero

When Jason, Piper and Leo crash land at Camp Half-Blood, they have no idea what to expect. Apparently this is the only safe place for children of the Greek Gods – despite the monsters roaming the woods and demigods practising archery with flaming arrows and explosives. But rumours of a terrible curse – and aContinue reading “Rick Riordan – The heroes of Olympus Book 1 – The lost hero”

The Hobbit * J.R.R Tolkien

When it comes to fantasy children’s books, Tolkien created a true masterpiece about a small human (like a child) who in a fantasy world gets to meet a real dragon, find a treasure, sneak around an old under-the-mountain castle and find where his heart lies. The best part – outsmarting Gollum and taking his ringContinue reading “The Hobbit * J.R.R Tolkien”

Reflection * A twisted tale – Elizabeth Lim

What if Mulan had to travel to the Underworld? When Captain Shang is mortally wounded by Shan Yu in battle, Mulan must travel to the Underworld, Diyu, in order to save him from certain death. But King Yama, the ruler of Diyu, is not willing to give Shang up easily. With the help of Shang’sContinue reading “Reflection * A twisted tale – Elizabeth Lim”

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Series: More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 3 (Book Sets for Kids: Grade 3 and Up) * Alvin Schwartz

Pioneers used to entertain themselves by telling scary stories. At night they might gather in somebody’s cabin, or around a fire, and see who could scare the others the most. Some girls and boys in my town do the same thing today. They get together at somebody’s house, and they turn out the lights andContinue reading “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Series: More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark; Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark 3 (Book Sets for Kids: Grade 3 and Up) * Alvin Schwartz”

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Journey with Alice down the rabbit hole into a world of wonder where oddities, logic and wordplay rule supreme. Encounter characters like the grinning Cheshire Cat who can vanish into thin air, the cryptic Mad Hatter who speaks in riddles and the harrowing Queen of Hearts obsessed with the phrase “Off with their heads!” ThisContinue reading “Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll”

Holes By Louis Sachar Book Review

“I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. Nothing in life is easy. But that’s no reason to give up. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish if you set your mind to it. After all, you only have one life, so you should try to make the most of it.” This winner of theContinue reading “Holes By Louis Sachar Book Review”

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen Book Review

Everybody loves Mother Paula’s pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls’ fate cemented in pancake batter?  “Just because something isContinue reading “Hoot by Carl Hiaasen Book Review”

Children’s Books Not Recommended by the National Library Association

Clifford the Big Dog is Put to Sleep Nutritional Benefits of Things from your Nose The Hardy Boys, the Bobsey Twins, and the Vice Squad The Tickling Babysitter A Pictorial History of Circus Geek Suicides Charles Manson Bedtime Stories Daddy Loses His Job and Finds the Bottle Babar Becomes a Piano Controlling the Playground: RespectContinue reading “Children’s Books Not Recommended by the National Library Association”

Of Mice and Men * John Steinbeck

George and Lennie are migrant American labourers –the one alert and protective and the other strong, stupid and potentially dangerous. This is the powerful story of their relationship and their dreams of finding a more stable and less lonely way of life.