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I think Harry Potter is a Kid book

I love Hp andmy kid loves HP she actually read all the books before I'd gotten past three!!!:-)
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Re: I think Harry Potter is a Kid book

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Hermionefan112 wrote:
I love Hp andmy kid loves HP she actually read all the books before I'd gotten past three!!!:-)

There are some books that cross over the child-adult line; that appeal wonderfully both the child and to the adult. I do agree that Harry Potter (more so the earlier books) is of this group. Others I would add would be Alice in Wonderland and The Wind in the Willows. And there are many others.

I should add that I don't mean just books that adults and children can both enjoy; there are many, many such books. I mean books that appeal to adults and children almost as different books; that they are serious adult literature as well as being wonderful children's books.

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Re: I think Harry Potter is a Kid book

I think this is a great topic - books that have cross-over appeal for both adults and children. The ones that Everyman mentions are good, as well as Harry Potter, of course. Are there other cross-over books that folks out there know of and would like to share?
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Re: I think Harry Potter is a Kid book



MattW wrote:
I think this is a great topic - books that have cross-over appeal for both adults and children. The ones that Everyman mentions are good, as well as Harry Potter, of course. Are there other cross-over books that folks out there know of and would like to share?




I don't know about "kids" but The Lovely Bones is a good book for adults and teenagers.
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becke_davis wrote:


MattW wrote:
I think this is a great topic - books that have cross-over appeal for both adults and children. The ones that Everyman mentions are good, as well as Harry Potter, of course. Are there other cross-over books that folks out there know of and would like to share?




I don't know about "kids" but The Lovely Bones is a good book for adults and teenagers.



I agree. Just fyi, this book was mentioned in another thread, but Gabrielle Zevin's book Elsewhere is Lovely Bones-ish and is a great cross-over book, too.
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MattW wrote:

Just fyi, this book was mentioned in another thread, but Gabrielle Zevin's book Elsewhere is Lovely Bones-ish and is a great cross-over book, too.




Elsewhere was so good! I just finished it and I got the recommendation on these boards. I'm glad that I heard about it. :smileywink:
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Re: I think Harry Potter is a Kid book



MattW wrote:
I think this is a great topic - books that have cross-over appeal for both adults and children. The ones that Everyman mentions are good, as well as Harry Potter, of course. Are there other cross-over books that folks out there know of and would like to share?


I think that Halari Bell's books A Matter Of Profit and the Farsla Trilogy were great cross over books. A Matter Of Profit was the first of her books I read and that was on a recommendation from my neice while she was in Jr. High School.

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Wrighty wrote:

MattW wrote:

Just fyi, this book was mentioned in another thread, but Gabrielle Zevin's book Elsewhere is Lovely Bones-ish and is a great cross-over book, too.




Elsewhere was so good! I just finished it and I got the recommendation on these boards. I'm glad that I heard about it. :smileywink:




Hey Wrighty and others, what did you enjoy about Elsewhere? I thought it was such a great book - the voice really caught me from the first page. Maybe it's the 'looking back at your life in death' aspect that I enjoyed.
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MattW wrote:
Hey Wrighty and others, what did you enjoy about Elsewhere? I thought it was such a great book - the voice really caught me from the first page. Maybe it's the 'looking back at your life in death' aspect that I enjoyed.




It was so different than anything I had read before. It was very creative and even though it was about a sad situation it wasn't all gloom and doom. The characters went through some very real emotions but it was also written with a sense of humor. Of course a 15 year old would be mad that she was so close to getting her driver's license and then found out she would never turn 16 (in this lifetime anyway!) That wasn't something I would have expected to read about in a story about "the other side". And I loved that the animals could talk. What a great idea! I don't want to give anything away but the parts about the reverse aging were also quite creative. The book was a nice change of pace and I would like to read more by that author.
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Wrighty wrote:

MattW wrote:
Hey Wrighty and others, what did you enjoy about Elsewhere? I thought it was such a great book - the voice really caught me from the first page. Maybe it's the 'looking back at your life in death' aspect that I enjoyed.




It was so different than anything I had read before. It was very creative and even though it was about a sad situation it wasn't all gloom and doom. The characters went through some very real emotions but it was also written with a sense of humor. Of course a 15 year old would be mad that she was so close to getting her driver's license and then found out she would never turn 16 (in this lifetime anyway!) That wasn't something I would have expected to read about in a story about "the other side". And I loved that the animals could talk. What a great idea! I don't want to give anything away but the parts about the reverse aging were also quite creative. The book was a nice change of pace and I would like to read more by that author.



Thanks for your thoughts. I enjoyed the book for those same reasons. I don't know, something about her writing is very accessible and absorbing to me. Have you read The Lovely Bones as well? I haven't, but I'd like to read it sometime. Also, fyi there's a book coming out this September by Chris Crutcher called Deadline, which is about a teen who discovers that he only has a year left to live and what he does about it. It's great!
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MattW wroteThanks for your thoughts. I enjoyed the book for those same reasons. I don't know, something about her writing is very accessible and absorbing to me. Have you read The Lovely Bones as well? I haven't, but I'd like to read it sometime. Also, fyi there's a book coming out this September by Chris Crutcher called Deadline, which is about a teen who discovers that he only has a year left to live and what he does about it. It's great!




I read The Lovely Bones a while ago. It was good but it was sad too. I don't remember all of the details now but it wasn't humorous and uplifting like Elsewhere was. I see that it will be a movie soon. I will definitely check out Deadline this fall. Thanks!
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Re: I think Harry Potter is a Kid book

The first book with its Dahl like style and silliness was totally for kids. The later ones have been darker, with shocks, death, torture, innuendo, and swear words. I might call them "teen" but I have never ever ever paid attention to recommended ages, as I read whatever I felt like, so I may be a weaker judge. I think the best way to decide is to see who's reading them-- recommended ages are just a marketing decision anyway.
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