06-18-2007 03:22 PM
Speaking of fantasy, I was wondering about everyone's take on the Harry Potter phenomenon - how do you think has it helped or hindered children's books?
I believe it has helped a lot! It has brought me back to reading for an example. When it first came out I had small children and no time to read! I kept wondering what all the fuss was about and then finally I checked out the audio version at the local library. (I had to drive my son to school about an hour away (one direction)in the morning and then pick him up in the afternoon.-so lots of time in the car!) After listening to it I was hooked! I have all the books, audios, dvds and now I have piles of book to read and I keep adding on.( I think I have read more book in the last few years than I have in my whole life before the HP series) So JKR and the Harry Potter series has been a great influence on me, a big kid, and I think its wonderful to see all this excitement surrounding the last book. I am just sorry its going to end! I don't recall seeing this much excitement over a series of books. I think its amazing what she (JKR) has done!
I totally agree with you. I didn't buy into the whole Harry Potter phenomenon for a long time, and then a friend lent the series to me (at that time, the fourth book had just come out). After skeptically reading the first chapter or two, I realized I was hooked and read all four books straight through.
Teens Editor, B&N.com
06-23-2007 11:52 AM
Phillip Pullman's books are very good (The Dark Materials Trilogy).
Holes by Luis Sacher is excellent!! My kids are too young for it, but I was suprised about how much I liked it.
Then there is the Giver by Lois Lowry, which I probably wouldn't have liked as a child, but I really liked it as an adult.
I am reading The Bridge to Terabithia right now, and I like it so far.
Are you looking for something for a child you know, or something for your own reading enjoyment? I think a lot of it will depend on the child. I know that when I was a kid, my sister loved the Madeline L'Engle books, and I just couldn't get through them. I read one recently and still had a hard time getting into it. Same thing with Nancy Drew. I think that I just have problems with picture perfect Main Characters, but someone who likes mysteries, or fantasy might be able to look passed the lame characters.
06-23-2007 11:55 AM
06-25-2007 01:03 AM
'It's a dragon, I swear!'
08-18-2007 09:33 AM
08-23-2007 02:14 AM
What has been most rewarding for me is, as a parent, reading to my children. I remember rediscovering books that I had loved as a child such as "Goodnight Moon" and "Little Bear", but that was just the tip of the iceberg of wonderful books that my children could enjoy. To me, this has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life.
I agree. I love having the chance to be a kid again. Reading those good books, playing with cool toys, it's all just as much fun for me!
10-07-2007 12:02 AM
10-18-2007 09:41 PM
Most of the new children's books out lack some of the magic of the old classics, but I do have a new favorite, Ladybug Baby Bug, by Janice and Mark Perkins, that I read over and over again to my grandsons and they love it. I'll call it a new classic.
10-20-2007 04:32 PM
Carle has a few others that are pretty great. My step-son loves them and wants me to read them to him over and over....
"G is for One Gazonk" is also one of his favorites. By author "Tiny Diterlooney" (I think I spelled that correctly, but not sure!
11-04-2007 11:49 PM
I read those books many, many years ago and my daughter liked them, too. I remember Trixie had a best friend named Honey, which I thought was cool.
Does anyone remember the old Beverly Gray books, or the Judy Bolton books? Those go way back, but they were good.
What a fun conversation! My mother used to find old books at thrift stores like Judy Bolton, Beverly Grey and old Nancy Drew's for us to read. A few years ago I became obsessed with finding all the Judy Bolton books and I now have all of them. They are not great collector's editions I just wanted to read them all. One book that has stuck with me for years is a book I got from a book order at school in the 70's called Jane Emily. It was about a girl who comes in contact with a dead aunt(?) who died as a child and of course is evil. There was a garden gazing ball that was featured prominently so now when I see one of those I remember that story!
11-20-2007 04:48 PM
11-21-2007 07:10 PM
I've just read a brand new book (published in Oct. 2007) that I think appeals to kids who love fantasy and mystery, codes and jokes. It's called THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET, and the author, keeping up the secret motif, is named Pseudonymous Bosch.
02-14-2008 06:53 PM
08-29-2008 11:55 AM
My top childrens books...
Alice in wonderland
The Lilttle Prince
Green eggs and ham
The first Harry Potter
The English Roses
Cordouroy - my all-time fav
09-01-2008 03:59 PM