Chapter Books

The Castle of Llyr

We’re continuing to enjoy Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain, and we finished the third book, The Castle of Llyr, this morning after a few marathon read-aloud sessions. This tale included the further adventures of Taran and Eilonwy and their band of delightfully ordinary friends. They run up against a befuddled princeling named Rhun, a small-spirited… Read More The Castle of Llyr

Novels

The Return of the King

We finished The Return of the King last week. I’ve been rereading the trilogy, supplementing with the audiobook and sharing it with my daughters. And I was ready for it to be brought to its conclusion. But it has been a great experience to revisit these tales. I have to admit that there are a… Read More The Return of the King

Chapter Books

Breadcrumbs

I picked up Breadcrumbs because it looked attractive on the new books shelf at the library, and because I remembered reading Amy’s review awhile back. I read it because I needed something on the light side. It was an “easier” read than some of the denser fare I’ve waded through lately — which is to… Read More Breadcrumbs

Novels

Charlotte Sometimes

This haunting novel is classified as a children’s book, though to my mind it seems more like an adult book with child characters. Although it’s poetic and truthful in its depiction of character and psychology, its storyline is intriguing, and for many it’s considered a modern classic, it’s not a book I recommend. First, the… Read More Charlotte Sometimes

Chapter Books

The Dragon of Og

I’ve never seen Rumer Godden’s The Dragon of Og on a list of classic children’s books, but if it were up to me it would be there. I picked it up at the library last week and read it to my kids, and all of us were charmed. I have Rumer Godden classified in my… Read More The Dragon of Og

Chapter Books

Westmark

Westmark was published in 1981, but it’s a new Lloyd Alexander find for me. I’ve read the Prydain Chronicles, but hadn’t ever delved into this author’s other books. There are quite a few, and perhaps I didn’t know where to begin. Westmark has some of the same qualities I loved about the Prydain Chronicles: a… Read More Westmark

Novels

Stardust

I thoroughly enjoyed this fairytale for adults. Fast-paced, witty, and full of the off-beat mystery of the realm of faerie, Stardust appealed to me in the same way Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell did. It’s no wonder Susanna Clarke and Neil Gaiman are friends. How I’d love to hear one of their conversations about their… Read More Stardust

Chapter Books

The Book of Three

On the way home from church today, my youngest daughter informed me that her pencil was stuck, point-first, through the “leather” (plastic) of the car door. When I asked her how it happened, she said, “It was an accident. I didn’t know it was that strong!” Later, it was determined that my husband had shut… Read More The Book of Three