Category Archives: Children’s

Wonder by RJ Palacio

This one makes me sad …like majorly, epically, soul-crushingly sad. And not in the way you might think. After all, it’s the story of a boy who has major facial deformities, how his family tries to protect him, and how mean … Continue reading

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The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

I’m going to try not to say too much about The One and Only Ivan because I’m anticipating another fabulous Guest Dork post about this one soon. But I do have to say, I really liked it. It’s weird, you know? … Continue reading

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Owly Volume I: The Way Home and The Bittersweet Summer

I haven’t reviewed (or read) a graphic novel in a while, so here goes… I bought Owly: Volume 1 for my ten-year-old son who loves comics. I try not to be picky about what he reads because any reading is reading, and … Continue reading

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The Empty Mirror by James Lincoln Collier

This was a book that somehow ended up in my classroom library. The premise seemed interesting: a boy loses his mirror reflection when his image comes to life and the two images both want to live in the one living body. I started … Continue reading

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman (2002)

So, this weird little novella revolves around Coraline (why the heck is that not Caroline, btw?) who notices there is something weird going on across from her apartment through a tiny door and corridor. But the tiny door is bricked up, … Continue reading

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Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney by GUEST DORK Sammy

I felt excited to meet my second favorite author this week. My mom and my brother and me stood in the cold rain and waited to go in. I wore my blue wimpy kid pants and my Zoo-wee Mama shirt. … Continue reading

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Hmm, another picture novel. How do I keep ending up with these? After just one chapter, though, I was entranced. (Goodbye, Son of Neptune.) Almost instantly, I had questions: Why does the boy live in the train station and where is … Continue reading

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A Tale Dark and Grimm – Adam Gidwitz (2010)

Another fairy tale remake! This book claims to tell “the real story” of Hansel and Gretel. It starts with Faithful Johannes (supposedly about Hansel and Gretel’s parents), then uses that as motivation for why Hansel and Gretel ended up eating … Continue reading

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