Book Review: Twenty-One Balloons

The Twenty One Balloons is an excellent tale about a man whose balloon led him on a fantastic journey to the volcanic island of Krakatoa. The Twenty One Balloons is fiction, and was originally published in 1947. The book’s author,William Pène du Bois, has also written Lion, Bear Party, Bear Circus, … Continue reading

Book Review – Mummies In The Morning

Follow this link to Secondo report on The Magic Tree House: MummiesInTheMorning. Continue reading

Book Review: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, was published in October, 2008. This book covers many different fiction genres and I see the basic theme as survival in a post-apocalyptic world. This is the first book in The Hunger Games Trilogy with Catching Fire as number two and Mockingjay as number … Continue reading

Book Review: Magic Tree House – Dinosaurs Before Dark

This book report by Secondo is a scan of the report form: click on the link, below, to view. This is actually the most writing Secondo has done this year, and especially significant is that the summary (on the second page) is in his own words (at least as much … Continue reading

Book Review: The Phantom Tollbooth

About the book: The Phantom Tollbooth is a book Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer. It’s first copyright date is 1961, our best guess on the publish date. The story was reprinted 2001. It’s a satire/fantasy-adventure about a boy’s adventure in a land of knowledge. The author has written … Continue reading

Book Review: Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

The abridged version of Kidnapped (by Robert Louis Stevenson; adapted by Deborah Kestel) left a bad first impression and the full version did nothing to make me like it any more. The book drags out the more boring parts and the parts I might like are super-sped-up. For example; the … Continue reading

Kids’ Book Reviews

We really love to read around here. Part of encouraging the boys to read consciously is to have them tell us about what they have read, either by chapter or full book. Rather than a traditional book report we are encouraging them to summarize and review the books in a … Continue reading