I don’t want to grow up – My love for children’s books seems endless.

I enjoy reading children’s books. I am for sure not the intended audience but I love reading them. Not all of course, but the majority.

Funnily enough I enjoyed reading books from authors like Barbara Wood and others when I was about 13 years old – why I have no idea. During my studies in which I read many classics, I turned to fantasy and during the past say 4 to 5 years I discovered or better rediscovered my love for children’s books. Maybe I liked them because (of)

  • the nostalgic factor of my own childhood,
  • the fact that children are mostly straight forward and don’t hide what they feel,
  • they see things differently maybe even clearer.

Whatever the reason, they are fun, entertaining, usually contain a moral and just beautifully written and thought out.

As the international children’s day has been on June 1st, I just want to share some of my favorite children’s books which some might categorize under different or more specific sub-genres but from me they are still books for children – and in the end, I am still a child and will always be my parents kid no matter how old I am.

   

 

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My Reading Month December

First and foremost, I wish you all a Happy New Year and a great, exiting, and wonderful 2015.

This reading month actually looks quite good and was quite good, but I read most of this in the beginning of the month. Towards the end of the month and year, being in the final stages of writing my thesis took its toll and I barely managed anything. Since I am still in the editing process, this monthly review will be brief. I am sorry and I promise to be more thorough in my next reading month and the reviews of the books.

Melanie Welsh – Felicity Gallant und das steinerne Herz

I finally read the second Felicity adventure and it was as great as the first story. I really hope Melanie Welsh continues to write more Felicity books. This time felicity has to stop a witch (that’s what I call her) from erasing all the stories with a happy ending. Again a great book about friendship and a little love… poor Henry.

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Gitta Edelmann – Canterbury Requiem

This is a crime story written by a German author and set in Canterbury. I really enjoyed the story, it was an interesting case, the characters were likable, and the writing was fluffy and fluent. It was maybe less crime related than I thought it would be, but it was lovely and interesting.

Andreas H. Schmachtl – Hieronymus Frosch feiert Weihnachten

A short children’s book in which the inventor frog Hieronymus experiences winter, invents a lot of snow removing machines, and almost forgets that Christmas is around the corner. Really cute.

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Doreen Cronin – Inspector Barney: Tatort Hühnerstall

A children’s crime story set in a chicken house. The old rescue dog Barney is retired and lives on a little farm, where the mother hen shows him a letter in which she is told that some of her chickens are kidnapped. Barney starts to investigate. Really cute, fun, and easy read. I think it would be lovely read for kids.

Daniel Glattauer – Der Weihnachtshund

My Christmas book this years is written by an Austrian author and centers around the dog Kurt. It was an easy and fluent read with of course a happy ending, some quirky and weird characters, and a dog with two different souls.

Tilda und Pooh

Andreas H. Schmachtl – Weil ich dich mag

Another Tilda Apfelkern book. This special edition contains 4 stories that all center around Tilda and her friends. Lovely, fast, and fun.

A. A. Milne – Positively Pooh: A Book of Happy Thoughts

This is a collection of positive Pooh moments and thoughts. I got this as a present and although I was a little confused in the beginning, but it really is a lovely and beautiful little book.

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Stephan Ort – Sorry ihr Hotel ist abgebrannt: Kurioses aus dem Urlaub

This is a collection of weird and funny and sometimes really strange incidents that happened on vacation. Either in planes, at hotels, in buses and so on. It is a great read for in-between since the narratives are really short and sweet and can be read independently. Quite entertaining.

Melanie Welsh – Felicity Gallant und Das Auge des Sturms/ Mistress of the Storm

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Hardcover
Verlag: Dressler
veröffentlicht: 2012
Seiten: 319

Book on Amazon (Deutsch/English)

Klappentext/Blurb:

Im verschlafenen Städtchen Wellow passiert einfach nichts Aufregendes. Dabei wünscht sich Felicity Gallant sehnlich einmal ein richtiges Abenteuer zu erleben. Als ein rätselhafter Fremder auftaucht, der ihr ein altes Buch und einen geheimnisvollen Gegenstand überreicht, geht Felicitys Wunsch plötzlich in Erfüllung. Kurz darauf legt die sagenumwobene „Sturmwolke“ in Hafen an und es geschehen bedrohliche Dinge! Aber was hat das alles mit Felicity zu tun? Wird es ihr gemeinsam mit ihren Freunden gelingen, die Geheimnisse von Wellow zu ergründen?

Verity Gallant has always struggled to fit in. Outshone by her perfect sister and tormented by her schoolmates, she knows there is nothing special about her.

But everything changes when the Storm docks at the quiet harbour town of Wellow, and Verity receives an ancient book from a mysterious stranger. It tells the chilling story of the Mistress of the Storm – a story that has been kept from Verity all her life.

Suddenly Wellow is stirring with long-hidden secrets and bitter rivalries. As dark clouds roll menacingly above and Verity begins to uncover the truth about her family’s past, she becomes dangerously entangled in a web of dark magic and powerful revenge.

In Kürze/ In(Very)Short:

+ zeitlose Geschichte von Freundschaft und Abenteuern
+ schön, spannend, unterhaltsam
+ schöne und nachvollziehbare Charakterentwicklung
+ Piraten, Geheimnisse, Freundschaft und übernatürliche Elemente
+ timeless story about friendship and adventures
+ beautiful,entertaining, thrilling
+ understandable character development
+ pirates, secrets, friendship and supernatural elements

Meinung/Opinion:

Eine zeitlose Geschichte von Freundschaft und Abenteuern. Felicity ist eine Außenseiterin und wird in der Schule gehänselt und auch in ihrer Familie fühlt sie sich recht fehl am Platz. Ihr einziger Trost sind ihre Bücher.

Als die sagenumwobene Sturmwolke in das kleine verschlafene Städtchen Wellow kommt, bringt die auch gleich ihre Großmutter mit. Eine Frau von der Felicity bis dahin nichts wusste. Nun wird das junge Mädchen nicht nur in der Schule gepiesackt, sondern auch von ihrer gemeinen Großmutter gequält. Doch bei einem ist sich Felicity sicher: Irgendwas stimmt nicht mir der Frau. Mit ihren beiden Freunden Henry Twogood und der belesenen Martha versucht sie zu erfahren, was ihre Großmutter im Schilde führt und was sie herausfindet, übersteigt ihre kühnsten Erwartungen. Plötzlich sind die drei Freunde mitten drin in einem Abenteuer von dem man sonst nur in Büchern liest.

Das Buch ist sehr schön geschrieben. Der Spannungsbogen wird langsam aufgebaut und man kann das Buch am Ende kaum aus der Hand legen. Felicity wird von der Außenseiterin zu einer kleinen Heldin, die sich auf ihre Freunde verlassen kann, welche ihr mit Rat und Tat zur Seite stehen. Sehr viel Aufmerksamkeit hat die Autorin der Charakterentwicklung geschenkt und diese ist wirklich gelungen und sehr nachvollziehbar.

Ein wirklich gelungener Abenteuerroman mit Piraten, die Macht der Geschichten und ein paar übernatürliche Elementen.

A timeless story of friendship and adventure. Verity is an outsider who is teased at school and feels like she doesn’t belong not even to her own family. Her only comfort are her books.

When an alleged pirate ship returns to Wellow so does Verity’s grandmother. A grandmother she has never heard of before. Now Verity is teased in school and harassed at home. But Verity is sure of one thing: there is something wrong with that woman. With help of her friends Henry and Martha she wants to discover her grandmother’s secrets. And suddenly the friends are in the middle of an adventure that only happen in books.

The books is written beautifully and the arc of suspense develops slowly. I could not put the book down. Verity, the former outsider with no friends, turns into the heroine, with friends she can rely on and that stand by her side. The author payed much attention to character development.

A great adventure story about pirates, the power of stories, and some supernatural elements.

Fazit/Bottom Line:

Ein toller, spannender Abenteuerroman mit Piraten, Geheimnissen und einer kleinen, rothaarigen Heldin.

A fantastic and exiting adventure story with pirates, secrets and a little redheaded heroine.

Rating:

rating 4

My Reading Month Febuary

Despite a whole lot of chaos, my reading month was quite good. 4 books were just really slim, but nevertheless I also managed to read some thicker books. All in all, I am happy with what I read.

Melanie Welsh – Felicity Gallant und das Auge des Sturms

This wonderful and exiting adventure story was my first read this month. With the predominantly dark and gloomy weather outside, a book about pirates, secrets, supernatural elements and friendship was the right start into the month. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I am looking forward to the next installment.

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Alan Bennett – The Uncommon Reader

This was a lovely and short read. The Queen becomes a reader and the people are annoyed by that and somehow perceive it as a waste of time. I enjoyed the story and imagined Elizabeth II having a book in her purse. It is a great idea and beautifully written.

Kirsten John – Dornröschen, der Märchenprinz und meine total verrückte Tante

All three books in this series are really short and sweet. Mia has to stay with her aunt when her parents go on a business trip. Although she doesn’t like the idea at first, she is intrigued by her aunt’s strange behavior and her whispering book of fairy tales. When she opens the book, she is drawn into the story of Sleeping Beauty. Her arrival causes some problems and Mia soon discovers that the prince is no help at all. So it is up to her to stop the 13th fairy. It is a wonderful series with a lovely and strong main character and a great adventure.

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Kirsten John – Schneewittchen, der Nervzwerg und die verflixte Schokotorte AND Kirsten John – Aschenputtel, der goldene Schuh und der Prinz mit der Beule

In the two sequels Mia returns to the world of fairy tales and has to save more princesses from evil. The books are beautifully illustrated and very funny. The idea that the appearance of Mia disturbs the narrative and she has to fix it, is great.

Alison Goodman – Eon: Rise of the Dragoneye

Eon is a wonderful book. I enjoyed the story, the world building, and the characters. It was a proper adventure story focusing on the main character Eon, who was actually a girl pretending to be a boy. Girls are not allowed to have dragon magic, so in order to become a Dragoneye, she disguises as a boy. Something she has done for so many years that she struggles with her femininity. I loved the focus on her and her struggles, I absolutely loved the world building, and I was pleasantly surprised that transgender and transsexual issue were part of a fantasy novel. A great read.

Fated Eon

Alyson Noel – Fated

I have heard mixed reviews about this book. Some liked it, some hated it. I am somewhere in between. I enjoyed the Native Americanesque aspect of the story and the idea of the world building. Daire’s quest to find herself and discover her powers is not to rushed, yet it also slowed the book down. The love story – well haven’t we all fallen in love with a stranger because we saw him in a dream. I am interested in the world construction of Lowerworld, Middleworld, and Upperworld – if I can stand the love thing.