Posts Tagged ‘Children’s book’

The Graveyard book byNeil Gaiman”The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman is imaginative tale with a fable like quality. This is my first book from this author and I totally fell in love with his writing style. This may seem like a children literature or middle grade  book but I feel there is a lot more than that in the story. When I picked up this book I was clueless about whats inside, my guess was pointing towards ghosts and spirits as the title suggested. But I was surprised to find a whole different world of fantasy inside.

When a family is murdered by a mysterious killer except one- a young, diapered boy, who had wandered off just before the crime took place. But the killer needed to complete the job so he starts searching for him. Fortunately for the boy, he was taken in by the residents of a nearby graveyard. And when the spirit of his newly deceased mother asks for their help, the residents agree to raise her son. He is given to the care of the Owens couple and named “Nobody,” Bod for short. He is raised by a group of ghosts and was kept inside the gates, unknown to the outside world. The murderer takes off after failed attempt  of searching. Bod starts his studies and adventures inside, if he leaves that place then he has to  face the danger waiting for him outside.

My rating: 4 out of 5. This book is inspired by ‘The Jungle Book’ if you see closely you can compare the characters. Like Mowgli was raised by a group of wolves, here Bod was raised by a bunch of ghosts or spirits. Sher Khan has been transformed into the man Jack,  and Bhaloo and Bagheera into Silas and Miss Lupescu the werewolf who are protectors of Bod through out the story. Bandar-log in Jungle book were a bunch of silly monkeys causing trouble and here in this book we can compare them to mindless ghouls. I recommend this book to everyone who likes to read a good piece of literature.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness”A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness is a perfect modern fairytale but not a Disney one with princess and birds. It is cruel yet kind, beautiful but  terrible at the same time. A achingly beautiful story of a young kid who is struggling to adjust with the sudden changes in his life.

Conor is struggling with his mother’s sickness. The result of which leads to him being the target of bullying and losing close friends. He tries to keep away from everyone but this results in a monster’s entry to his life. This monster is very old and different from the monster which visits him everyday in his nightmare.This monster will tell Conor three stories to help him and in return Conor will tell a fourth story – one deadly truth.

Here writer had well portrayed the pain and the aching of a fractured kid. It is well illustrated and the story is hauntingly beautiful. There is nothing fake about this book, the pain feels so natural. My rating: 4 out of 5. I recommend this to everyone who is interested to read a good book. I have no more words to describe this book, other than excellent!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Last StrawEvery once in a while you need a break from glowing vampires, horrifying werewolves, philosophies, sappy love stories and end of the world page turners. Every once in a while you need to forget that you are an adult now and read something funny which reminds you of your own childhood.

Greg Heffley and his family are back again and Greg is trying to get up the courage to ask out a girl while trying to keep himself out of military school. I was surprised to find out that this book was not nearly as good as the first two Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. I did not enjoy as much as the other two because the humor that kept me hooked was almost completely gone. But its Greg whom we are talking about who is high on smart and low on luck somehow there is humor wherever he goes.

My rating: 3 out of 5. I think the series kinda grow along with Greg. In this book  Greg was bit matured than the last one focusing on getting a girlfriend. There are 9 books in this series. 8 already published and the 9th one is getting published this year.

Battle of the Labyrinth”The battle of the Labyrinth” is the 4th book in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. It is written for 8-15 year old and if you are really looking for something bigger then this is not your choice. The vocabulary is very limited and the story has same pattern. But if you are a fan of Greek Mythology then this book is made for you.

Percy Jackson is about to start his freshman year in school and but he doesn’t reach far. On orientation day he somehow gets into fight with demon cheerleaders. There is only one safe place to be in, that is Camp-half blood but there is a war breaking in and soon even the camp will not be safe for half bloods. Kronos’s army is planing to attack the camp through a secret gate of Labyrinth. Percy and his friends has to go for another quest to stop this invasion. But this time quest is dangerous, they have to go into the Labyrinth a sprawling dangerous underground.

Giving it 4 stars would be an injustice to other better books. It was fun to read, full of action but kind of predictable as previous books in the series. And the encounter with kronos was not that exciting so my rating is 3 out of 5. One more book to read in this series.

The titan's curse”The Titan’s Curse” is the 3rd book in ”Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series. I must confess that this book is my least favorite book in the series so far.

In the first book Percy is looking for the light bolt, in the second book he’s looking for the golden fleece and in this third book he’s looking for Annabelle. It follows the same formula, something is missing and Percy goes to strange places to find those things. Now Thalia is back and its up to Percy and her to go and rescue Annabelle. But only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the monster but according to Oracle not all will survive. More than the story I liked the ending. The book ended with a thrilling truth and I am sure it is going to be a nice twist in the series.

I loved 2 previous books and my rating was 4. But for this book my rating is 3 out of 5. I still like this series and I am definitely going to read the rest.

Percy Jackson and the Sea Monsters”The Sea of Monsters” is the second installment in ”Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series. It certainly does not disappoint, new characters are funny and entertaining and the old onse are as good as the first book.

The magical girl-who-became-a-pine-tree, Thailia, has been poisoned. Now monsters can easily get to the half blood camp. There is only one thing that can cure Thailia’s Tree,the wonderful healing Golden Fleece which is in Sea of Monsters. Now Percy and Annabeth wants to go for a quest and get that thing to heal the tree. Only son of Posiden  can win this but instead they are ready to send Clarssie, child of Ares. But Percy ha to go there because his friend Grover the satyr is in danger. This journey is not only difficult but dangerous. But he has his friend Annabeth and half brother Tyson to accompany him in this adventure.

It is a well written book, my rating 4 out of 5. I recommend this to young adults and children. People who love fairy tales and HP kinda stories don’t miss it. Recently I watched movie adaptation of this novel by the same name. It was interesting to see the characters on screen but not as effective as the book.


the_lightning_thief”The lightning Thief” is the first installment in  Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. This book is about Greek Gods and demigods. This book gives proper information about Gods and their power. If you want to know about Greek myths and want to read a good fiction this is right choice.

The main character, Percy, is a 12 year old, dyslexic student of Yancy Academy who believes Greek Gods are just myths told to people to explain seasons. He had never imagined that one day he will have to face them. But monsters and Gods both seem to be after him for some reason and his normal, not so complicated life is upside down. A powerful god (who is his father as well) is seeking for his help. All these years who abandoned his mother and him for the sake of prestige is seeking for help. Will Percy help him? By doing so will he be able to withstand the anger of other Gods and monsters?

It is simple and interesting story. My rating: 4 out of 5. I highly recommend this to Harry Potter and Narnia fans 🙂 I watched the movie adaptation of this novel by the same name, but they have changed a lot of things in the movie and it was not as good as the book.

I have been reading a lot lately, as I have plenty of time I don’t know what else to do. It feels good to sit with a book and get lost in another world. I read few remarkable books recently like- ”Before I Go To Sleep” and ”Anna Dressed In Blood” and my reaction was exactly like  the image below which I found in some other blog ( sorry I forgot the name!)

I have been thinking of writing a novel and when I read damn good debut novels like ”Before I Go To Sleep”  my reaction is this. I don’t know anyone can write that great in their first attempt.

Why not meThink I will have to work hard! Its not that easy as reading.

The Lion  the witch and the wardrobe”It is my opinion that a story worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then”- C S Lewis

After reading the first book in the Chronicles of Narnia last month and getting into the Magical world of Narnia I read the second book ”The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S Lewis. I don’t know why I missed this book in my childhood but I am happy to read it at least now when I am out of college 🙂

 To avoid the threat of bombings in London,four kids, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to stay in another country with Professor where Lucy discovers a wardrobe which opens to new magical world where its everyday winter but no Christmas. Lucy hears all about the evil white witch who rules the country but Edmund takes witch’s side and when four of them are in that new world suddenly surrounded by evil power they learn all about Aslan the Lion. Who created the Narnia and savior of Narnia. But think that was too late to begin with saving when your own brother cheats you.

A wonderful tale of Evil and good powers. I am so fascinated and captured by these stories, even though I have watched the movie.

Panchatantra is a well known  ancient Indian, animal fables with a moral in it. It was my favorite story book from childhood. Compared to Grandma’s Mahabharata and Ramayana stories I used to find this stories where animals can talk, more lively and funny. Its been translated into many languages world wide and I feel its a ideal book for children.

It has 5 volumes:

  1. The loss of friends
  2. Gaining friends
  3. Of Crows and Owls
  4. Loss of Gains
  5. Imprudence

This book is a real boon to parents which will help their children to learn ideal things and morals through stories,which is not only fun but very informative about life. And more than that suitable bed time stories to children.

People who would like to read this can get it online in Panchatantra site:

I hope this review was helpful 🙂  I have read it several times and surely read it once again sometime.