01 August 2008

Kids Books are Good

Yesterday since i had nothing to do after work for once (seriously, trying to go on dates is time consuming) i just read. Period. I finished up two YA books between dog walks.

I liked Once Upon a Time in the North By Philip Pullman much more than Lyra's Oxford. North is the story of how 24-year-old Lee Scoresby meets Iorek Byrnison. What could be better than a bit about my 2 favorite characters, besides Lyra and Will, from the HDS series? There's an adventure, political intrigue, aeronautics and the good guys win! This little volume does include some ephemera from the series as Lyra's Oxford did so we find out what Lyra's Master's degree thesis is about. I figure this one is a 6. And according to various sites we are going to get a Will story in the future. Whee!

Also read A Wind in the Door by Madeline L'Engle. This one is also told from Meg Murry's point of view but is also apparently the last one to do so? This one is a 5 I would say. Little Charles Wallace is in school now and being bullied constantly. Worse than that, some evil Un-Namers (sort of antimatter things i think) called Echthroi are attacking him on a cellular level. Weirdy sci-fi/fantasy things happen, we get some lessons on the interlocking web of nature, the good guys win. I'll definitely keep reading this series.

I've got my dog this weekend yay! R went to Lollapallooza with a bunch of his Vandy friends (he sucks and i am not jealous of him seeing Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, NIN, The Racontuers and Gnarls Barkly. not jealous at all. not the tiniest bit. nope) so i got Chloe. I'll post pics later this weekend.

2 comments:

  1. Enjoyable read. I'm always on the hunt for great children's books and have recently discovered Bayard and their series of StoryBoxBooks, AdventureBoxBooks and DiscoveryBoxBooks (which is a special Olympic edition) They have work by acclaimed children's books illustrator Helen Oxenbury appearing in the Storybox series for September. In addition to this, they also have some great activities for rainy days: http://www.storyboxbooks.com/potatoprinting.php, http://www.adventureboxbooks.com/macaroni-picture-frames.php, http://www.discoveryboxbooks.com/skittles.php Enjoy!

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  2. I haven't read either book but I love the design of Lyra's Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the North. They are beautifully put together little volumes.

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