Thursday, September 23, 2010

Reviews of the Week: How a Book Feels

Sharing books is all about finding titles that are "just right" and that perfect fit can mean lots of things. One aspect of a book is how it feels, for example whether it is a funny book or a tender book. Sometimes, you are in the mood for a certain kind of read, something quiet to think about or something silly to lighten your afternoon. Today, I have reviews of very different types of books that are new to the Cragmont library, each with a very distinct “feel.”

The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow by Andy Griffiths, 2nd - 4th grades
Exploding cows are just one piece in this collection of short and very goofy stories perfect for readers moving to chapter books. There are tons of illustrations with lots of action but the book is a nice chapter-book shape and size, perfect for independent reading.

How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham, all ages
When Will finds a pigeon with a broken wing, he reaches out to help and with time, his compassion makes a big difference. The paneled, comic-like layout of this short and sweet picture book focuses attention on the progression of the bird's healing and the passage of time. A wonderful book about hope and patience.

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman, 3rd – 5th grades
Fans of Percy Jackson will enjoy this shorter novel about Norse mythology and the Viking way of life. Odd is the son of a fallen Viking who encounters three Norse gods that have taken animal forms. Adventure ensues as the group braves the ancient Norwegian landscape. A quick read that is certain to make readers smile while learning a bit of history.

1 comment:

Becca said...

Nice variety of reviews, and though the authors are familiar, I've not read all of the titles... especially the one about exploding cows!