BOOKS FOR CHILDREN: How do you know what's good?

While there are many places (especially on the internet) where you can read book reviews, how do you really know if it's a good book or not when a single book might receive anywhere from one to five stars?
The answer: read the reviews of a book-addicted teacher librarian.

** The age recommendations are guidelines only; whether or not a certain book is suitable for a particular child depends on multiple factors, including their maturity, reading level, interests, and in some cases their experiences.
** While the ratings are largely based on my own personal appreciation/enjoyment of the book, they are also influenced by my experiences as a teacher and the potential attraction for the target-aged child (acknowledging that what one child may love, another may find exceptionally boring). A rating of 5 indicates the book is likely to be popular with the majority.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

28 Days Later: The Aftermath (GN)

AUTHOR: Steve Niles

ISSUES/NOTES: A graphic novel based on the movie of the same title. Visually violent. Themes of science gone wrong, violence, death, fleeing for your life.

PLOT: When a science experiment goes wrong, a "rage virus" is released into the city of London, resulting in aggressive-vampire/zombie-like behaviour (lots of blood and killing).

AGES: 13+

GENRE: Graphic novel/Horror. RATING: 4 stars.

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