Young Reader in the Making

Young Reader in the Making

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Book 481: The Mark of Athena

The Mark of Athena, by Rick Riordan, Hyperion, 2012.

I didn't expect too much from this book because the second book in the series had a story told in fits and starts, but this book was exciting from cover to cover.  It was a brilliant set up for the fourth book.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Book 480: The Son of Neptune

The Son of Neptune, by Rick Riordan, Hyperion, 2011.

 I know that this book is setting up the next two books.  It felt a bit sluggish in places. In spite of that pace, however, what a great story!

And how fast does Rick Riordan write?!


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Book 479: Gertrude McFuzz

Gertrude McFuzz, by Dr. Seuss, Random House, 1979.


Poor Gertrude McFuzz.  How plainly does Seuss illustrate the dangers of covetousness in this cautionary tale.  And, yet, with so much humor and silliness, it is not only palatable, but delightful.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Book 478: The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero, by Rick Riordan, Hyperion, 2010.

About eight or nine years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Rick Riordan and hearing him speak.  He was intelligent, articulate and funny -- just like his writing.  Percy Jackson was just starting to take off, so he probably had no idea how popular he would become, or that he would need to write a whole new series. But he did write (more than one series).  This, the first book of his second series is intriguing, engaging, and fun, from start to finish.



Saturday, August 22, 2015

Book 477: A Handful of Dust

A Handful of Dust, Evelyn Waugh, originally published in 1934.


So, um, is satire supposed to break your heart and make you cry?  Just wondering.

The first half to two-thirds of this book does read like a spoof of Henry James or Edith Wharton.  The ending, however, is achingly sobering.

This is satire perfectly done.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Book 476: Just Big Enough

Just Big Enough, by Mercer Mayer, Harper Collins, 2004.

I liked this book -- I like all of Mercer Mayer's books -- but this one wasn't a favorite.  The topic was good, and Little Critters attempts to grow were funny, but I wasn't satisfied with the resolution.  In real life, the big kids would probably win a running race.  Now if the kids had raced through tunnels or other small places, that would have had a different outcome and Little Critter would have been happy that he was little, or just big enough.

The illustrations, however, are perfect.


Friday, August 14, 2015

Book 475: Yertle the Turtle

Yertle the Turtle, by Dr. Seuss, Random House, 1958.


Poor Yertle:  He wanted to be king of all he could survey, so he climbed on the back of more and more other turtle to get higher and higher to survey more and more.  Finally, the stack of turtle backs gave out and Yertle was dumped in the mud, and that was all he could survey.

Hmmmm.  Not too hard to read a deeper message in that.