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Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains by Laurel Snyder

Posted by caribookscoops on May 7, 2012

I read this book about 2 months ago and absolutely loved it! I first heard of Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains when Laurel Synder (she has epilepsy) participated in our Purple Day challenge for epilepsy a few years back.  Some books take a while to start enjoying, but Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains was enjoyable from the start.

Lucy is a milkmaid whose best friend happens to be the crown prince named Wynston. Unfortunately, as she and the crown prince are getting older, protocol gets in the way. Apparently a milkmaid could never marry the prince no matter how much they liked each other. Frustrated with the sudden absence of her best-friend she sets off on a zany and wild adventure to find her mother.

Not much more to say than that without ruining anything, but it was a fun read. I laughed and cried and then laughed some more.

Laurel Synder’s Website

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The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter

Posted by caribookscoops on April 9, 2012

I loved The Kneebone Boy. Have you ever read a book that was so well written that you just wanted to be part of the book? Well this is one of them a story of love, family secrets and mystery. Three English children go on journey and while at times it seems a little bit out of the ordinary, the story keeps you going. Mom mysteriously disappeared several years ago. Rumors abound in their small town as to where she went. Artist dad paints portraits of exiled royals and while he is out of town again painting the portrait of another royal, the babysitter who is supposed to watch them happens to go out of town as well. This unintentionally leaves the children to fend for themselves. Being resourceful children they manage to come in contact with a cousin from the United States who happens to be staying in a castle. Join them on the adventure that while changed their lives forever.

Ellen Potter’s Website

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Violet and the Mean and Rotten Pirates by Richard Hamilton, Read by Bill Wallis

Posted by caribookscoops on December 24, 2008

violetandthemeanandrottenpiratesThis is a book my whole family listened to on a recent road trip. Pirates find an abandoned ship and in their hopes to find treasure they find a baby instead. They decide to keep the baby and name her Violet and call her Vile for short. These pirates are not all bad as they do seem to manage to raise the baby, keep her alive and the pirate captain faints when he sees blood. The pirates don’t want to kill people. They teach her all kinds of things including how to use a sword, sail a ship and to read. Of course they also have lots of adventure and eventually go on land to try and be land loving people, but mostly so that Violet can meet some other people. The pirates aren’t really sure what to do though as they have spent most of their lives on the sea robbing and pillaging ships. So they come up with a pretty creative idea to earn money – a pirate circus.

I liked the idea of a baby being raised by pirates, but I the book seeemed a little awkward in places and odd, but I guess the whole idea of pirates being able to raise a baby is odd. My daughter liked the story.

Other reviews of this book Cindy Valler,

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis Illustrated by Pauline Baynes

Posted by caribookscoops on November 15, 2008

lionthewitchthewardrobeI have fond memories as a child reading this book. It was one of my favorites when I was kid and I wanted to share it with my children. I saw the Disney movie version when it came out in theaters in 2005 and really liked the movie. The special effects were so much better than an older movie version. It liked it a lot. So I had my daughter watch the movie and then to my horror I realized that she saw the movie before reading the book. Yikes! In my mind books are way better than movies. I didn’t want to ruin the book for her. Great!

So I got the book from the library and I read a chapter a day outloud to her. She really liked reading the book outloud, but she also knew the movie plot well and couldn’t wait until Aslan came to save day. (She yelled GO ASLAN during the movie and the book. Thank goodness we were at home.) It was interesting for me to read outloud because I kept hearing the child actors voices in my head with English accents and I kept seeing their faces as as the characters in the book. Kind of weirded my out.

I tend to like fantasy a lot and I like this one. Yeah there is some inherant sexism in the book and probably some other problems, but on the whole its a great story. I do keep in mind the C.S. Lewis was a product of his time just as much as we are of ours. I love that it is 4 children who journey to Narnia, a world of talking beasts and magic to defeat the evil White Witch who has made it always winter and never Christmas. I think it’s a wonderful Christian Fantasy book.

So did I ruin the experience for my daughter by having her watch the movie first? I’m not so sure. I think watching the movie helped pique her interest in the book. Afterall the book is a  little long for four year old. On the other hand I don’t think movies are necessarily the best way to motivate children to read. We are reading Prince Caspian right now so that she can watch the movie. Reading to me is so much more satisfying than watching a movie.

What do you think? How do movies based on books help or hinder reading? What has been your experience with books made into movies?

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