Monday, October 27, 2008

The Silver Crown

by Robert C O'Brien
ISBN: 0689841116

Genre: children fantasy

I picked up this book because it's the same author as Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, and as a child I really enjoyed Nimh. I was not really impressed with The Silver Crown, though. It's an adventure tale of a little girl who wakes up on her birthday and ends up going on a journey to find her aunt and escape from the mean people.

While occasionally I do enjoy a good adventure tale, my preference is for a little hope and comedic relief. Harry Potter was right up my alley until the last three, which got a little dark for my taste but I had to read them because it's Harry Potter!

So this one is fairly well written, and the plot makes sense. It's just too sad, and too dark. I would not recommend it for a child under 12. Just like I wouldn't recommend Lemony Snicket for a child at all. I'm just like that.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Princess Academy

By Shannon Hale
ISBN 9781599900735

Genre: children fiction
Recommended age 9 up

What a beautiful story this was. I was wary of the whole Princess
Academy thing because of Princess Diaries. But this was so good.
Imagine Heidi plus Ella Enchanted plus every good fairy tale.

The villagers are informed that the Prince must marry someone from their village in a year's time, so the young women are to be sent to "Princess Academy."

It's also got a twist ending that is pretty good.

This one was worth paying full price at Target.