Posts Tagged ‘Children’s literature’

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.