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You know those special books you come across that are so good you almost want to stop reading them, to prolong your time together? That is how I feel about the first book I am reviewing. I read this book before bed each night, and instead of zipping through it, I would read a chapter or two, put my bookmark in, and think.
Books I Read this Week:
The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Walker Books for Young Readers, 2013
Recommended for grades 4-7
A lovely review in The New York Times: Sunday Book Review gives a thorough summary of the story, capturing well the mysterious tone of this novel.
After reading the above review it would be redundant to delve into my own similar thoughts. Instead, a sprinkling of what stands out to me:
Open the book, the first illustration you see is an antique wooden door with cast iron embellishments that is surrounded by vines of ivy. It beckons your onward.
Main characters, Ephraim, Mallory and Will all want different things, things that the water might bring to fruition for them, if they can in fact find the Fountain of Youth water. Will wants to accomplish scientific feats, to do good with his knowledge. Mallory wants to leave behind small town Crystal Springs, and Ephraim is determined to make his father well again. As we read about Ephraim's self-doubt through the story his quest for "fixing" his father is better understood when Ephraim reveals that his father was the one person that really gets him. Ephraim is in the shadow of a strong and athletic older brother, and an intelligent younger sister.
Read the book, enjoy the mystery and the journey of looking for the magic water. Then reach the end and decide for yourself what fills the holes.
"There's no such thing as a silly story. Every story serves its purpose." pg. 73
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My Life as a Cartoonist by Janet Tashjian, illustrated by Jake Tashjian
Christy Octaviano Books, 2013
Recommended for grades 4-7
Want to hear my thoughts on My Life as a Cartoonist? Are you sure? Well then, stop back on April 30th when Bluestocking Thinking will be serving as the final stop on the Book Blog Tour for My Life as a Cartoonist! And to help lure you back, there will be not one, not two, but THREE books in the My Life as a series up for grabs! (Courtesy of the publisher.)
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(I am so so so so so excited to start this book. I loved The Fairy Ring! After thinking another fairy book might make me gag, I was sure in for a surprise with that one! And to add to Wild Boy's awesomeness, Timothy Basil Ering is the illustrator!)
Thanks for stopping by! As always, I welcome your thoughts and comments!