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Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Journey with Alice down the rabbit hole into a world of wonder where oddities, logic and wordplay rule supreme. Encounter characters like the grinning Cheshire Cat who can vanish into thin air, the cryptic Mad Hatter who speaks in riddles and the harrowing Queen of Hearts obsessed with the phrase “Off with their heads!” This is a land where rules have no boundaries, eating mushrooms will make you grow or shrink, croquet is played with flamingos and hedgehogs, and exorbitant trials are held for the theft of tarts. Amidst these absurdities, Alice will have to find her own way home.

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Zero G by Dan Wells Book Review

I had the book in my audiobook library and it came as a freebie so I had my expectations on low and under.

I was blown away with the acting, the smart way of introducing interesting concepts to children and for actually making you think for a while. If you’ve seen the movie “Passengers” with Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, the premise of this book is quite similar. A passenger wakes up from cryo sleep during a long-haul colonisation mission. The passenger is only a boy though and through his questions and explorations, we find out a few cool facts about space and also have the opportunity to embark in a good adventure.

Feel the excitement!

Length: 4 h 8 min

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Holes By Louis Sachar Book Review

“I’m not saying it’s going to be easy. Nothing in life is easy. But that’s no reason to give up. You’ll be surprised what you can accomplish if you set your mind to it. After all, you only have one life, so you should try to make the most of it.”

This winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award features Stanley Yelnats, a kid who is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats.

Now Stanley has been unjustly sent to a boys’ detention center, Camp Green Lake, where the warden makes the boys “build character” by spending all day, every day, digging holes five feet wide and five feet deep. It doesn’t take long for Stanley to realize there’s more than character improvement going on at Camp Green Lake: the warden is looking for something. Stanley tries to dig up the truth in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime, punishment, and redemption.

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Hoot by Carl Hiaasen Book Review

Everybody loves Mother Paula’s pancakes. Everybody, that is, except the colony of cute but endangered owls that live on the building site of the new restaurant. Can the awkward new kid and his feral friend prank the pancake people out of town? Or is the owls’ fate cemented in pancake batter?

 “Just because something is legal doesn’t automatically make it right.”

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Children’s Books Not Recommended by the National Library Association

  1. http_%2F%2Ffillthewell.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F06%2Fworst-childrens-books-01.jpgClifford the Big Dog is Put to Sleep
  2. Nutritional Benefits of Things from your Nose
  3. The Hardy Boys, the Bobsey Twins, and the Vice Squad
  4. The Tickling Babysitter
  5. A Pictorial History of Circus Geek Suicides
  6. Charles Manson Bedtime Stories
  7. Daddy Loses His Job and Finds the Bottle
  8. Babar Becomes a Piano
  9. Controlling the Playground: Respect Through Fear
  10. David Duke’s World of Imagination
  11. Curious George and the High-Voltage Fence
  12. The Boy Who Died from Eating All His Vegetables
  13. Legends of Scab Football
  14. Teddy: the Elf with the Detached Retina
  15. Tommy Tune: Boy Choreographer
  16. http_%2F%2Fwww.vitamin-ha.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2016%2F04%2Fworst-funniest-book-titles-covers-27.jpgJoe Garagiola Retells Favorite Fairy Tales But Can’t Remember the Endings to All of them
  17. Ed Beckley’s Start a Real-Estate Empire with the Change From Your Mom’s Purse
  18. Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will
  19. Let’s Draw Betty and Veronica Without Clothes
  20. The Care Bears : Maul Some Campers
  21. You Were an Accident
  22. Strangers Have the Best Candy
  23. The Little Sissy Who Snitched
  24. Where Would You Like to Be Buried?
  25. When Mommy and Daddy Don’t Know the Answer They Say God Did It
  26. Garfield Gets Feline Leukemia
  27. What Is That Dog Doing to That Other Dog?
  28. Why Can’t Mr. Fork and Ms. Electrical Outlet Be Friends?
  29. Bi-Curious George
  30. https_%2F%2Fs-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com%2Foriginals%2Fea%2F9a%2F8c%2Fea9a8cd04b1ee6e3f1364d48f46f721d.jpgDaddy Drinks Because You Cry
  31. Mister Policeman Eats His Service Revolver
  32. You Are Different and That’s Bad
  33. Dad’s New Wife Timothy
  34. Pop! Goes The Hamster….And Other Great Microwave Games
  35. Testing Homemade Parachutes With Your Household Pets
  36. Why Your Moms “Flashlight” Vibrates
  37. Detours Using Local High Traffic Rail Tracks
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Anne of Green Gables * Lucy Maud Montgomery – 1908

Ever wanted to read the story of a little orphan girl who was overly excited about her world, full of curiosity and with a temper to match her red hair?
Why not try Anne of Green Gables, that is Anne with an e as Ann is too boring on its own. Anne’s boundless imagination often gets her into trouble, but it also makes everything around her more compelling. She possesses the sort of empathy one only gains from spending a lot of time pondering the lives of others. Anne is quirky, odd, over-the-top.

“Isn’t it splendid there are so many things to like in this world?” she says.

Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive–it’s such an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope for imagination then, would there?But am I talking too much? People are always telling me I do. Would you rather I didn’t talk? If you say so I’ll stop. I can STOP when I make up my mind to it, although it’s difficult.”

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The Ice Dragon * George R.R. Martin Book Review

I love children’s books and when I ran across a book from my favourite author – with drawings from Luis Royo, I immediately purchased it!

I must say I have not read many short stories from George R.R. Martin aside from the EPIC “A song of ice and fire” and the books that followed it. And seeing a story about a winter child called Adara who is cold to the touch and has blond hair and ice blue eyes made me think of the walkers and whether the cold of the North is enough to breed a monster.

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A monster calls – Book Review

My mother passed away last year in a short month from an incurable disease that just stole her away. When I heard that the “A monster calls” movie came out, I wanted to go and see it but all my friends stopped me saying that the time is not right yet and the wound is too fresh. So I decided to wait a little and read the illustrated book instead.

I was never so right in a purchase and it made me cry still as I could see myself in the little boy and my mother in his. 

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them * J.K. Rowling Book Review

Oh, I’ve seen the movie when it was released and I quickly went to the store to get my copy of the lovely manual – Thank you for the lore, the additional Harry Potter universe addition and the new and fantastic characters!

mole“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them represents the fruit of many years’ travel and research. I look back across the years to the seven-year-old wizard who spent hours in his bedroom dismembering Horklumps and I envy him the journeys to come: from darkest jungle to brightest desert, from mountain peak to marshy bog, that grubby Horklump-encrusted boy would track, as he grew up, the beasts described in the following pages. I have visited lairs, burrows and nests across five continents, observed the curious habits of magical beasts in a hundred countries, witnessed their powers, gained their trust and, on occasion, beaten them off with my travelling kettle.”

So starts a magical tale of Newt Scamander and his book which goes about defining monsters and creatures and posing the existential question:

We now ask ourselves: which of these creatures is a ‘being’ – that is to say, a creature worthy of legal rights and a voice in the governance of the magical world – and which is a ‘beast’?

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Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children – Book 3 – Library of Souls

I have been waiting for this book to be delivered ever since I finished (that is to be translated “devoured”) Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar children and its second volume Hollow city.  Released in September 22nd 2015, the book had the fresh feel of a new print combined with the tantalizing hints of an epic ending to the trilogy that so captured me.

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The end of Hollow City left the peculiar children in a very precarious spot, and that’s just where Library of Souls begins. Jacob has just discovered he has a powerful new ability, and he and Emma, a hot-tempered peculiar with fire at her fingertips, must rescue their friends from a heavily-guarded fortress. But to get there they’ll have to survive Devil’s Acre, a wretched, Victorian-era slum populated by murderers, thieves, and the peculiar criminals who live there in exile. It’s the thickest of the three books, and is filled with more characters, more world-building, and more action than the other novels combined.  – RANSOM RIGGS