Stormchaser (Twig #2) (The Edge Chronicles #2)

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Title: Stormchaser
Series: The Edge Chronicles
Author: Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Battle Axes
Genre:  Children’s SFF
Pages: 402
Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

Twig is now reunited with his father, who promptly leaves him behind to go have a grand adventure.

Twig ends up saving the adventure, the academy, the town and becomes a ship captain in his own right.

 

My Thoughts:

I just lost my whole review of because of one ill advised, not meant to be, swipe of my touchpad on my laptop.

I liked this, more than the previous book. It wasn’t so random, had Twig acting like the young man he is and ended with the bad guys getting theirs while Twig got a sky ship and a crew.

Now I am looking forward to more of this series.

Beyond the Deepwoods (Twig #1) (The Edge Chronicles #1)

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Title: Beyond the Deepwoods

Series: The Edge Chronicles

Author: Chris Riddell & Paul Stewart

Rating: 3  of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: Children’s SFF

Pages: 290

Format: Kindle

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Twig, an unusual wood troll, finds out he is adopted and is sent off to live with a distant relative. He gets off the path and ends up having MANY adventures culminating in finding his father, a human sky pirate.

 

My Thoughts:

I didn’t realize this was a children’s book when I started it. I thought it was for teens. However, I realized my error right away and adjusted my thought process and expectations, hence allowing me to finish this without throwing a hissy fit.

Things happen. That more than adequately sums up how this books works. Several times I kept waiting for the main character to wake up and get back to where he last was only to realize that THIS event was in fact happening and it was NOT a dream sequence. I was ok for the first half of the book and then I started getting antsy and wanting things to wrap up.

I suspect kids would simply accept the abrupt changes in the story, as they can relate, ie, their whole world can change in an instant without any input from them or any kind of control. It is part of being a child.  As an adult I simply had enough. I’m keeping on through the series, but I am glad it will be quite some time before I revisit this series.

The Westing Game

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Title: The Westing Game

Series: —–

Author: Ellen Raskin

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Children, Mystery

Pages: 214

 

Synopsis:

Mr Westing has been murdered and he’s gathered together the owners of a high rise to solve his murder, and the prize is control of his company, worth hundreds of millions.

But Mr Westing likes to play games, even from his grave and this time is no exception.

 

My Thoughts:

I have to say, this held up to my recollections from reading this back in elementary school. It is a children’s book, so it is simple, but it holds up very well.

Raskin’s done a great job of creating a very disparate crew of characters, each with their own weakness, glaringly obvious. A great way for youngsters to find out that a weakness doesn’t mean someone is the badguy.

Pippi Goes On Board (Pippi Longstocking #2)

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Title: Pippi Goes On Board

Series: Pippi Longstocking

Author: Astrid Lindgren

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Children

Pages: 78

 

Synopsis:

Pippi and her two little friends have adventures at the Fair, on a deserted Island and eventually with her father, the Cannibal King.

 

My Thoughts:

A fun story with each chapter being a little story on its own.

This is the type of book I would love to read to kids to awaken their interest in reading. It is short and well within their attention spans, funny and humorous and most of all, it is about kids their age.

When I think of a “children’s book”, this is what I envision. And as an adult, it might not be the greatest of literary fare, but it was good for an afternoon’s read.

Pippi in the South Seas (Pippi Longstocking #3)

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Title: Pippi In the South Seas

Series: Pippi Longstocking #3

Author: Astrid Lindgren

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Children

Pages: 80

 

Synopsis:

Pippi takes her friends to the Island where her father is king and they all have a grand time. They come home, celebrate a late Christmas and vow to never grow up. Thus ends the series.

 

My Thoughts:

I accidentally read book 3 before book 2 due to a snafu on my kindle. But it is really no biggie.

I enjoyed this more than the first book and found in it the humor I had remembered and was expecting from book 1. These are fun books that appeal to a child’s imagination and allows them to see a world where THEY are in control.

I’m not one to beat the Sexist drum, quite the contrary in fact. But if I had to choose between a Pippi and some of the modern young women paraded as paradigms of the Modern Woman, I’d choose, recommend and champion Pippi every time.

Pippi Longstocking (Pippi Longstocking #1)

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Title: Pippi Longstocking

Series: Pippi Longstocking #1

Author: Astrid Lindgren

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Children

Pages: 80

 

Synopsis:

Pippi Longstocking, the strongest girl in the world, moves into Villa Villecula, all by herself.

Her neighbors have adventures with her and romps ensue.

 

My Thoughts:

I remember reading this back in gradeschool and thinking it was the most humorous book ever. It was the Gold Standard of Funny.

Reading this now, I can understand why my young self was so enamored. It is immature, all about the kids and them having Adventures that every kid can only dream about.

The adults are adults from a kids perspective, existing but usually getting in the way.

I’m rating this 3 because I’m an adult. But for kids, and my Inner Kid, I’m giving it a 5.

Treasure Island (Classic)

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Synopsis:

Jim Hawkins, young boy at a boarding house, ends up with a treasure map. A good friend, a doctor, believes it is real and thus an adventure to recover pirate treasure is started. And pirates come back into the picture before all is said and done!

 

My Thoughts:

After reading Stevenson’s Black Arrow last year and being sorely disappointed, I was hoping this would redeem him. It certainly did.

It started out very fast paced and suspenseful. Jim at the inn with an old drunk who turns out to be a pirate, who other pirates are after, makes for a good time. An attack on the inn, Jim fleeing, taking refuge with the doctor, it was a good beginning.

Then you have the sailing to the island and all the whoop de whoo with just about all the crew being former pirates. The adventure ON the island after the mutiny and whole working out of justice as the pirates fall prey to their own piratical nature.

And through it all, Jim the scamp, the wonder hero, the all round British boyo, is central to everything.

This is very much a boys adventure fantasy. I enjoyed it quite a bit and can see why so many spinoffs [Disney’s Treasure Planet and the Muppet Treasure Island being the most recent in my mind] exist. It is simply a great story.

 

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Author: Robert Stevenson

Treasure Island

Heidi [Classic]

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Synopsis

Orphan Heidi is abandoned by her cousin and foisted onto her mean Grandfather who lives all alone on a mountain. Her various adventures as she betters everybody who comes into contact with her.

 

 

My Thoughts

I actually read this because I didn’t have any other paper books that I wanted to read at the time.

It is the classic story (Spyri lived back in the mid 1800’s] about a young orphan girl who simply transforms everyone she comes into contact with. Think Swiss Pollyana.

My first reaction was “oh boy, saccharine out the wazoo!”, but as I kept reading, I found Heidi not to be saccharine, but an agent of change. In many ways, she is in the background while the side characters stand out for a couple of chapters. But her presence is always there, making their life better, if even in ways that they are not aware of.

I also liked the acknowledgement that “good” doesn’t simply happen. It has an Author.

I could see reading this book to a younger child, a chapter or two a night until it was done. None of the plot points are overly drawn out or tedious and everything seems to be “chunked up” into just the right size for someone with a smaller attention span, ie kids.

But it is a sweet story for adults too. After the grime and grit of a lot of modern SFF [which is what I mainly read], or even the hard realities presented by authors like Austen or Dickens, this was like eating an orange: sweet and yummy and good for you.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Author: Johanna Spyri

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The Last Battle

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The Chronicles of Narnia #7

C.S. Lewis

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

This started out a bit depressing, so I stopped for a day. Then I finished it quick.

Absolutely loved it. And while Lewis and I don’t see eye to eye on every theological point in the Book, this was as good of a simple picture of Heaven as I think I’ll ever read. Enough so that it just made me ache to “go home”…

The Silver Chair

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Chronicles of Narnia #4

C.S. Lewis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

A good “quest” story.

I do have to admit that I came close to tears when Eustace and Jill silently requested to stay in Aslan’s Country, but He had to tell them it wasn’t their time yet. A moment of poignant longing for the Best of All to be right then.