Tag Archives: fantasy

Coming Soon to Our Library…

4 Oct

A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff

24 Jun

I’ve finished my first chapter book of the summer, and I loved it! A Tangle of Knots, by Lisa Graff, is an interesting story told from many different points of view. Sometimes the story can be confusing because I wasn’t sure how all the pieces fit together, but if you stick with it, it all becomes clear!
In this book, people have Talents, which means they can do something (usually something ordinary) really well. For example, there is a character who is Talented at knitting, and can knit sweaters, scarves, and other things really quickly. There are other characters in the book who are Talented at tying knots, matching people, and spitting. The main character’s Talent is baking cakes. Yum! The author has included several cake recipes, too!

I would recommend this book snack to anyone in grades 3-5, especially to anyone who loves a little dash of fantasy. If you like this book, I would also recommend Pie, by Sarah Weeks, and Everything on a Waffle, by Polly Horvath. We will have this book in the library when school starts again, but I have to warn you: if you want to borrow it, you’ll have to make a cake from the recipes and bring me a slice! 🙂

A Tangle of Knots

 

By the way, what do you think of the cover?

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, by Christopher Healy

14 Oct

Hello Friends! I have just finished a book that I can’t wait to share with you! The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom is funny, original, and action-packed. Have you ever wondered what happens after “And they lived happily ever after?” Have you ever wondered about the real names of all those Prince Charmings? Curious about whether or not Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Snow White are really as perfect as they seem? If so, this is the perfect book for you.

It turns out that the Princes Charming have been having a hard time since the end of their well-known adventures. The actual princes do not truly match up with how the bards (songwriters for kings and queens) have described them. For example, Duncan is Snow White’s Prince Charming, and he is silly and not the most intelligent of princes. When he sees small forest animals, he yells out made-up names for each of them. He can’t help it! However, he is happy and truly loves Snow White.

Get to know the rest of the Princes Charming, and find out if they’ll be able to work together against all odds to beat the evil witch, Zaubera. However, a word of warning: don’t try to read this one after you’re supposed to be asleep, under the covers with a flashlight. You won’t be able to stop yourself from laughing out loud!

This is the perfect book snack for both boys and girls in fourth through sixth grade who enjoy humor, adventure, fantasy, and terrific illustrations. Enjoy! Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below!

Neversink, by Barry Wolverton

17 Jul

Do you know what kind of animal this is?

I certainly hope you didn’t say that it is a PENGUIN because it is a PUFFIN! 🙂

The hero of Neversink is a puffin named Lockley. If you are thinking that this puffin doesn’t look very heroic, you’d be correct. Most puffins in Neversink are quiet, go-with-the-flow type birds, even when they are threatened by the owls from a neighboring island. Lockley, though, is different. He even wants to soar, and his two best friends are a walrus and a hummingbird!

Can Lockley save the puffins’ home? Can he protect his wife, Lucy, and their egg? Can he be the hero Neversink needs?

This is the perfect summer read because it takes place near the Arctic Circle, where it’s very cold. If you are looking for a frosty, snowy treat, this is the perfect Book Snack for YOU!

The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens

13 Dec

The Emerald Atlas, by John StephensHello my friends! I have just finished the most fantastic book! The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens, is an exciting and original fantasy adventure. Kate, Michael, and Emma’s parents left under mysterious circumstances ten years ago, and since then, the three siblings have been bounced from orphanage to orphanage. Finally, they are taken in by the orphanage of Dr. Pym in Cambridge Falls – only there are no other children there when they arrive.

The real adventure begins when the children are snooping about and stumble upon an office in the basement. In the office, they discover a beautiful book which transports them into the past to a dark and frightening time. Cambridge Falls, is under the control of an evil Countess who has stolen all the children. She won’t give them up until she finds something very powerful. Will the children escape back into their own time? Can they save the children? Will they ever see their parents again? Find out in The Emerald Atlas, by John Stephens.

The Magical Misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle, by Deva Fagan

15 Aug

The Magical Misadventures of Prunella Bogthistle     I just finished this book today, and I loved it! Prunella is not a very good bog witch at all. She has no warts and her curses never work. One evening, Grandmother leaves Prunella at home while she and the rest of her family are out and about. Prunella discovers a boy, Barnaby, snooping around in their garden. Rather than cursing him, Prunella helps him escape safely. When her Grandmother finds out, she kicks Prunella out, too! How will Prunella ever learn how to be a good, er, bad bog witch if she can’t learn at home? How will she earn the love of her Grandmother?

Prunella is a really fun and likeable character who uses her noggin to get out of dangerous situations. There is a twist at the end of the story that really surprised me. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys spending time in the outdoors, or anyone who wonders how she or he fits in. 🙂

Harry Potter Mania!!

14 Jul

Oh my gosh, you guys! I am SO EXCITED for the last Harry Potter movie! I have a ticket to see it tonight at midnight! I can’t wait! I am most excited to see the scene in Gringott’s with the dragon and the last battle at Hogwarts. The trailers look super exciting! By the way, did you know that this will be the shortest HP movie? It is just over 2 hours long. I can’t believe it will all be wrapped up in such a short movie! I know I’ll be a little sad when it’s all over, but I’m going to enjoy it for now!

To help YOU get more excited, watch the video below. It is a look back at all the other HP movies.

What about you? Who is going this weekend? Are you excited? Maybe I’ll see you at the movies! 🙂

(Remember: Never give your location and time online along with your name! It would just be enough to comment that you are going.:) Safety first!)

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier

12 Jul

I know I always tell you not to judge a book by its cover. But sometimes a cover is just too good to ignore! I admit that the cover was first thing that caught my eye about this book. Check it out:

Peter NimbleIsn’t it great? 🙂 You’ll be happy to know that the story lives up to the cover! It is definitely one of my new favorites. Peter Nimble is a blind orphan who works as a thief for a cruel man. Until, that is, he steals an unusual box from an unusual traveler. In the box are three pairs of special eyes. The first pair magically transports Peter to an island where his quest truly begins.

This story has an evil king, talking ravens, a trustworthy knight (who is also a combination horse/cat), a bossy princess, and a missing prince. What more could you ask for!? I would recommend this book for fantasy fans in grades 3 – 6, although you don’t have to be a huge fantasy fan to enjoy it. Be warned: You’ll need plenty of nutritious book snacks handy when you sit down to read this book – you won’t want to put it down! I suggest granola bars and juice boxes to keep your strength up!

Unfortunately, you will probably have to wait until August to get your hands on this book because it doesn’t come out until then. I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy and I read it on my nook! Thank you, NetGalley!