Archive for March, 2013


200px-FairylandbyCatherynneValenteSynopsis:  A girl named September is invited to fairyland by the Green Wind.  She makes friends with a dragon named A-to-L (after a dictionary) and a Marid named Saturday.  Together they journey to the capital of Fairyland to defeat the evil Marquess and September returns home.

Rachel:  This book had an interesting fact about witches for me. It is very interesting at the end when you find out that an evil queen is a good queen.  This book was one of the books that I would say is for a family to read together.  I loved this book!

Ben: I have never read a book that is as weird or as strange as this one.  It doesn’t follow the normal rules for fairy tales but it does have a really good plot and a lot of fun characters and scenes.

Mom:  I loved reading the Oz books as a girl, and this book reminded me of them.  This is some strange and wonderful stuff.  The narrator almost acts a character, which only adds to the fun.  My favorite scene involves the wild velocipedes (old-fashioned bicycles with one huge tire in the front).  Very well written!

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Heros-Guide-Galley-Cover1Synopsis:  Do you think you know who Prince Charming is?  Think again!  This book tells the story of four Prince Charmings who inhabit four familiar fairytales – Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Snow White.  Each Prince is his own person with very different personalities and failings and goals.  They ban together after being rejected by their respective princesses to save their kingdoms.  Fate sometimes works in their favor and sometimes  against them, with totally hilarious results.

Ben:  Totally awesome! Made me laugh so hard my family thought I was insane. I could not put this book down.  Such a great twist on the “Prince Charming” stereotype.

Matthew:  I couldn’t put it down. This has to be the best “fairy tale” I’ve ever read. All the characters have funny personalities and back stories that really add to the book.

Mom:  What a delightfully funny book!  Most fairytales only interest girls, but this one immediately caught my boys’ attention.  I laughed out loud a few times!  Everything here was respectful of marriage.  Three princes were not yet married to their princesses; one was married and happy but got really lost.  (You’ll understand when you read the book!)  I highly recommend this book – can’t wait for the sequel.