What the kids are reading this December

When all three of my minions are reading something they like, I am a very happy mum!

We spent Thanksgiving in the mountains in New Mexico and on our shopping day in town my son picked out the latest installment of the Wimpy Kid series – Hard Luck – as his treat 🙂 He spent most of the car ride home with his nose in the book, and having finished it in record time he had decided to revisit the other Wimpy Kid stories on his shelf.

My oldest daughter, having whizzed through the book she got from the school library and not having anything else immediately available, begged for something from my book shelf. She wasn’t keen on ‘Divergent’ (she doesn’t want anything to take away her love for the Hunger Games series) so I suggested ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak and she loves it so much she wants her own copy.

My youngest has been obsessing over all the fairy books * written by Daisy Meadows. She is currently almost finished with ‘Victoria the Violin Fairy’ – she even dressed up as the main character for her school’s literary day.
I hope she loves the box full of rainbow fairy books I have waiting to put under the Christmas tree!

 

*Additional info and thoughts on the fairy books my 7yo loves: I recently read an article (which I have been unable to find again!)  online concerning the Rainbow Fairies books. Basically, these books are not written by a single author but a group of writers who brainstorm and create the stories together. The article was slightly scathing, taking a ‘these are not real books’ view of the whole thing and many comments agreed with that stance. Sure I’m bummed that ‘Daisy Meadows’ is not a real person, because *giggle* imagine having that name, but in my opinion the books are friendly and fun and they promote reading – why would anyone knock that?

A review: Inkheart

Finally finished rereading ‘Inkheart’ by Cornelia Funke and it’s still firmly holding on to its place as one of my all time favourite books.
Even the second time around, this story does not disappoint.

‘Inkheart’ is the story of Mo, the book doctor who repairs broken spines and loose pages, and his daughter Meggie, a girl with a treasure chest full of her own favourite books.

Meggie and Mo live in a small cottage filled to the brim with books, they often travel together when Mo has to fix books for people who live far away. Their lives are filled with books, but Mo never reads aloud.

One rainy night a stranger arrives at the door, a stranger named Dustfinger who seems to know her father. Meggie is used to her father packing up his tools and taking her along on a job, but this time it feels like they are running away. Dustfinger is back, keeps calling Mo, Silvertongue, and he insists on going with them.
They head for Aunt Elinor’s house, a relative Meggie doesn’t remember. The house resembles a library with bookshelves floor to ceiling in every room. Mo has a book he doesn’t want to show Meggie, one he asks Elinor to hide, one that Dustfinger seems anxious to get.

Meggie soon finds herself in the kind of adventure she’s only ever read about – and adventures are much more fun when you can turn the page to stop being scared.

Meggie’s father has a secret, when he reads aloud the story comes to life and characters can come out of their books. He used to read to Meggie when she was small, until one night when Dustfinger appeared in the living room, and Meggie’s mum disappeared. Dustfinger wasn’t alone, the bad guy from his story, Capricorn, came too.

Dustfinger is homesick wants to be read back into his book. Capricorn, wants the magician, Mo, to read more of his companions out of the story and into this world, where there is treasure to be stolen and new victims to terrorize.

For nine years Mo has moved his little family of two from place to place, hiding from both Dustfinger and Capricorn. He doesn’t want to read out loud ever again and risk losing Meggie.

‘Inkheart’ is a wonderful book with a main character who spins such magic when he reads that the story comes alive, something which Cornelia Funke also does with her words.

Good guys, bad guys, magic, fairies, adventure, books, more books! A lovely, smart, brave, female character, a lonely, homesick, cowardly, fire breather, an old aunt who values books above people, except when people value her and a villain whose heart is as black as the ink used to write him in to existence.
‘Inkheart’ has everything.

Gravity

It’s been out for AGES but I’ve been so busy I only just got to see Gravity last week and I was not disappointed.

If you haven’t seen it yet – go see it in 3D – it’s fantastic.

I hate 3D for the sake of it but it totally works for Gravity.
Sandra Bullock is brilliant (and George Clooney is gorgeous!)

Take tissues, you’ll cry.