Our first inevitable stop after returning from our travels was, of course, the library. Smarty promptly picked several Secrets of Droon books, a couple other chapter books and a big handful of books from a “new books” shelf and “easy reader” books. Due to many reasons I only read one book to her this week, but when I asked her to recommend a book to my readers Smarty picked:
I recommend Secrets of Droon (by Tony Abbott) series. It’s scary, but not too scary. The three kids go to Droon and do things there. They are called to Droon by their dreams and by a soccer ball with messages on it. There are good people and creatures and evil creatures. Some characters can be bad, then good, then bad again. All kids have magic too. Eric is a true wizard, and Julie can fly and have visions and change shapes. Neil can become a genie. I like these books because I like them. I wish there were thousands of them.
My pick – Moomin and the Birthday Button based on books by Tove Jannson. I never heard of Moomins before, and I was attracted by funny creatures and bright covers of the cover. The story was a little “babyish” for my “sophisticated” 5 year old, but now I am very interested in finding original Moomintroll series – I think it might be somewhat less intense read for my 5 year old than Secrets of Droon.