Eleanor Coerr: Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr illustrated by Ronald Himler (children's historical fiction) First, about the physical book: this is short. For an adult, you can easily read it in an hour, maybe two if you are studying the illustrations, looking facts up, or trying to learn how to fold your own... Continue Reading →

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Kelly Barnhill: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (YA fantasy) Don't let the "Children's Award" stuff put you off this book. This book can be read by children, sure. They will quite probably like it. (Especially if they have also always wanted to have a Perfectly Tiny Dragon as a friend.) But this is... Continue Reading →

C.S. Lewis: The Horse and His Boy

The Horse and His Boy: Chronicles of Narnia #5 by C.S. Lewis narrated by Alex Jennings (fantasy, children's classic) This one is hard to review. I really enjoy the story, but now that I'm older I can't help but see the prejudice written in against the Calormens. And whether it's prejudice because of their darker... Continue Reading →

Frances Hodgson: The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden 2016 Book Challenge: a book a friend recommended by Frances Hodgson Burnett narrated by Johanna Ward (children's fiction, classic fiction) I somehow managed to avoid reading this one as a child. (I suspect it had something to do with this being "a children's book". I was rather proud of the fact that... Continue Reading →

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