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.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Fashion Police series (Kids Inc)
NOTES: A 4-book series. Very mild in terms of excitement/action, but easy to read. 60 pgs, lg type, 7 chapters. Part of the Kids Inc titles.
ISSUES: friendship, fitting-in, school problems, fashion and clothes, mysteries, death (one of the character's mums died in the recent past).
PLOT: Two 14-year-old-aged girls and a boy become friends over their love of fashion and design. They win an internship at a local fashion house, and attempt to make-over the kids at their school.
AGES: 6-9. Would attract young girls who seem to be 'mis-fits', with strong reading ability in particular.
GENRE: Realistic Fiction RATING: 4 1/4 stars