Friday, January 27, 2012

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever

This is part of a series of book reviews written by my 9 year old daughter Emlyn.

Author: Jeff Kinney
Summary: A boy's diary about the holiday season. Hiding from the police and being stuck inside with no electricity are included.

Characters: Gregory, Gregory's mom, Gregory's dad, Manny, Rodrick, the police, and Rowley.

Setting: School, his house, his neighborhood, his grandma's neighborhood, and other locations.

I like it.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

The Proving Ground

Weather forecasting and yacht racing have an unfortunate collide in this account of an Australian yacht race. I find these sorts of books to be fascinating.

As an outsider to the tragedy I thought the author did a good job of telling all sides of the story, conveying the information in a factual and non-confrontational manner. He managed to tell what happened without unjustly accusing anyone. I found this to be a good book.

I also enjoyed the section where he talked about the implications for future weather forecasting.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Secrets of the Magic Ring

I enjoyed reading this story of a boy that finds a ring and what magical adventures happen with it.

My only concern which was a pretty big one was the amount of lying and hiding from his parents. The young boy is constantly telling the reader why he didn't share his adventure with his mom because he's afraid she'll take the ring away. And in fact in one chapter she does take it away rather than listening to his story. I would have preferred a more positive light for the parents to be in.

To get around that and let my daughter read it (she's 9), I told her why it wasn't the best book, and told her to notice how many times he lies or hides something from his parents. I told her that I always want her to think about things and let me know what's going on in her life.

She and I both enjoyed the adventure.

Note- because of the amount of lying, I recommend this book for ages 9 and up.