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.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

AUTHOR: Jeff Kinney (USA) (2007)

NOTES: There is now a movie based on the books.

ISSUES: coming-of-age, friendship, life

PLOT: Presented in diary form (lined pages and all), a young boy gives a humorous recount about events in his life from a realistically egocentric point of view. Similar to Tales of a Forth-Grade Nothing (Judy Blume). Children (especially those on the verge of adolescence) will be able to relate, and enjoy these stories of growing-pains.

AGES: 7/8+ GENRE: realistic fiction RATING: 5 stars.

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