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 24, 2010

Guards! Guards! (GN)

AUTHOR: Terry Pratchett (UK) (2000)

PLOT: A group of sorcerers summon a dragon to terrorise a village. The survival of the village is in the hands of a motley group of police.

NOTES: This graphic novel is based on Pratchett's books of "Discworld". The language is quite advanced (average 5th grade level). Unlike some graphic novels, this one is pleasingly devoid of the nudity, sex, and language so prevalent in this genre.

AGES: 9+.
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure.
RATING: 5 stars.

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