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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December/January Book Haul

Marissa Meyer’s Scarlet and Pauline Francis’ Rabenlady/Raven Queen where the two books I got for Christmas and since I have already read them and the review will be up shortly or is already up, I won’t do a whole blurb-what-I-think-about-it thing on it.

But here are the books I bought in January. I really shouldn’t have gone on Ebay right after Christmas. People really want to get rid of their books. Which is good for me, but bad for my shelves. There is no space on them anymore… Anyway.

Petra Schier – Suche Weihnachtsmann biete Hund

Julia ist das Alleinsein satt. Am Heiligabend möchte sie endlich nicht mehr einsam sein. Also gibt sie eine Anzeige auf: „Vorzeigbarer Weihnachtsmann zwischen fünfundzwanzig und fünfundvierzig gesucht.“ Doch alle Schreiben, die sie erhält, sind an einen Mann gerichtet. Will sie da jemand zum Narren halten? Julia braucht eine Weile, bis sie begreift, dass höhere Mächte im Spiel sind, die ihr bei der Suche nach dem Glück helfen wollen. Zu ihnen gehört auch Nick, ein äußerst eigensinniger Schäferhund.

After I read my first Christmas novel/novella last year, I just bought another for this year. It’s a long time until Christmas, but it was an offer I couldn’t resist.

Das Fest der Elfen – Phantastische Weihnachtsstorys

Elfen, Geister und die Wahrheit über Santa Claus

Vereiste Täler, dunkle Nächte und winterliche Reiche – hier begehen Elfen, Dämonen und Zauberer ihr höchstes Fest. Könige verfallen weihnachtlicher Magie, Feinde werden zu Verbündeten und Santa Claus findet sein Schicksal.

Another Christmas related book this time a fantasy Christmas book. I have never heard of anything like that before when I saw this at a book store. Well, and since Christmas is gonna be here soon enough… 🙂

January Haul

Trudi Canavan – The Last of the Wilds

The war between the Circlians and Pentadrians is over, but the cost has been high and both sides.

Although the architect of the White’s victory, Auraya feels no joy. Her days are spent trying to reconcile the Dreamweavers and the priesthood, while her sleep is filled with nightmares. The dead haunt her and the only one she trusts to help has vanished.

Still struggling to come to terms with the increasingly powerful memories of the long-dead Mirar, the Dreamweaver, Leiard, flees into the mountains with Emerahl, perhaps the last of the Wilds. Emerahl is powerfully gifted, and helps Leiard to make sense of his strange jumble of memories. What they discover will change his life, and the world, forever…

Trudi Canavan – The Traitor Queen

Events are building to a climax in Sachaka as Lorkin returns from his exile with the Traitor rebels.

The Traitor Queen has given Lorkin the task of brokering an alliance between his people and the Traitors, and Lorkin has had to become a feared black magician in order to harness the power of an entirely new kind of gemstone magic. This knowledge could transform the Guild of Magicians – or make Lorkin an outcast for ever.

What can I say about Trudi. I love her. I think her world building is great, I love her writing. These books screamed my name. I want to finish the Traitor Spy Trilogy and the Traitor Queen is the final installment, so I had to get it. And I decided that I will only start the Age of Five trilogy when I have all of them. Waiting a year for the next installment is challenging, because I forget quite a bit over time. We’re all getting older. 🙂 I know the Age of Five trilogy is already complete, but for now I am collecting.

Jessica Fletcher – Murder on the QE2

Jessica Fletcher, Cabot Cove, Maine’s acclaimed mystery writer, finds herself in treacherous waters when a dream voyage in the transatlantic luxury liner Queen Elizabeth 2 becomes a nightmare journey into danger.

Jessica has accepted an offer that seems too good to be true. All she has to do for a fabulous free trip on the QE2 is give a pair of lectures on the art of the mystery and script a play to entertain her fellow passengers. But when a legendary leading lady is slain, the drama turns deadly. Jessica barely has time to champagne and caviar as she sorts through suspects who include a TV mogul and his trophy wife, a famed Italian chef, a dashing mountain climber, the judge in a notorious California murder trial,and a boatload of other beautiful people with ugly secrets. When murder strikes again, Jessica must combine her sleuthing skills with her writing talents to craft the masterpiece of their mystery-solving career – before the world’s premier floating palace sinks in a sea of blood.

I stumbled across this book by accident and what can I say – I love Murder She Wrote. It’s funny, entertaining, and it has Angela Lansbury. I have read one of those novels before and they are quite good. So I couldn’t resist, when I stumbles across this one.

Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades

Anything Percy Jackson is fantastic!!!! I have nothing more to say. Love him.

Christine & Christopher Russell – The Warrior Sheep Down Under

Tuftella, the Fairest Ewe if All, has been imprisoned in a far and distant land filled with emus, kangaroos…and crocodiles! Only the Warrior Sheep can save her – with a little bit of help their fairy godtingy.
And so the Warrior Sheep head Down Under.
But if their fairy godtingy is supposed to be helping, why does she seem so keen to get rid of them? The Warriors are facing their biggest challenge yet…

This is the third installment in the Warrior Sheep series. I have read the previous ones and when I found this one as a bargain, I had to grab it. It’s gonna be interesting to see how they actually get to Australia. Their way to America in The Warrior Sheep Go West was wonderfully weird already.

Christine and Christopher Russell – The Warrior Sheep Go West

A wildly Adventure about five sheep, one mad scientist, and a quest to save all of sheepdom.

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paperback
published: 2011
publisher: Egmont UK Ltd.
pages: 230

Book on Amazon

Blurb:

When a strange monster called Red Tongue threatens rams, ewes, and lambs everywhere, the Warrior Sheep spring into action.
Now the five bravest sheep in the eweniverse must hoof it to Las Vegas to stop Red Tongue’s rampage.
And so the Warrior Sheep go west. Can the warriors stop the mystery monster before it’s too late?

In (Very) Short:

+ a great wild west adventure
+ loveable characters
+ a naïve but kick ass, take no prisoners granny
+ the world perceived through the eyes of a sheep

My Opinion:

The second installment of the Warrior Sheep series is as lovely as the first novel The Quest of the Warrior Sheep.

The sheep start their adventure in Eppingham farm where they receive the message that Red Tongue is slaughtering rams. At the same time Ida and Tod are invited to a convention in American to exhibit their rare breeds.

Little do they know that this organization is phony. The people behind this organization have a sinister plan. But the rare breeds are on their own quest and unaware of the danger.

Again the sheep dive head first into the quest believing that every coincidence is meant to be and a sign from Aries – the god of all rams. In their naïve and loveable way they find their own adventure and a way to save all sheepdom.

Although I was occasionally annoyed by the sheep in the first book, I thoroughly enjoyed them this time. Still, my favorite character is grandma Ida. She just loves live and takes things as they come without over thinking them. Maybe I should take a page out if her book 🙂

All in all, it is a beautiful, sweet and sheeply adventure.

Bottom Line:

A funny wild west quest with Ida, Tod and the Eppingham rare breeds for the young and those remaining young at heart.

Rating:

rating 4

My Reading Month May

This reading month has been a little slow. Although I have read quite a few pages, I look at the number of books and I am a little disappointed. But at the end of the day there are not enough hours to read or I am simply not always in the mood. Anyway. The three books I have read this month, I enjoyed thoroughly.

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Maggie Stiefvater – The Scorpio Races

I am absolutely on love with this book. But when someone asks me why, I cannot formulate a coherent and logical sentence. The book is a little paradoxon for me. It is a fast paced story that is also quite slow in its narration, but never to slow to be bored.

The story lives from its characters and their development, their relation to the island they live on, their reasons for taking part in the Scorpio Races (the often bloody and deadly race on bloodthirsty water horses) and their relation to their horses (water horse or “normal” horse). Yet at the same time the practice and the race are so action packed that my heart occasionally stopped beating.

The book is fantastic and shed light on the mythology of water horses that is not necessarily common knowledge but sure deserves the attention. I enjoyed this read and ride immensely.

Michael Grant – Gone

Gone is also an interesting and exiting read. It deals with a group of children and youth who have to live in a world without parents and anyone older than 14. With a blink of an eye they disappear and the ones remaining are confronted with the challenges of survival, growing supernatural powers, mutating animals and “something else out there”.

Although I enjoyed the book I personally cannot say what the book really is. Is it science fiction, fantasy or a dystopia . I would categorize as somewhat of a speculative fiction which could be really everything and nothing. It reminds me a little bit of Stephen King and though I am not a fan of his writings, I like Michael Grant’s version. Many will claim that this is not Stephen King like and I do not claim it is or to know King’s complete writings. But it somehow reminds me of him.

I enjoyed Grant’s novel and am looking forward to read further installments in this series as it is interesting as well as shocking when looking at the development within the remaining society. I sure have to know why everyone disappeared, why there is a wall, why animals are mutating and what the “other” out in the desert is.

Christine and Christopher Russell – The Warrior Sheep Go West

The second installment in the Warrior Sheep series is as much fun as the first one. Again the five rare breeds of Eppingham farm are on their way to save all sheepdom and do as the holy ram Aries bids.

Brought to America to serve as experiments for a mad scientist, the sheep go West to save all sheep from Red Tongue – a sheep devouring monster.

With wit and a lot of sheer luck the rare breed start their quest through the desert of the US.

This book is again a lovely and beautifully written children’s book with the loveable sheep and their owners Ida and Tod on a new adventure. Ida is again a loveable and naïve yet take charge granny who does not take orders from anyone nor stops until she has what she wants. Tod right on her heal and the sheep again caught in their own adventures.

It is an easy, breezy, and entertaining read for children and for the young at heart.

Although this month was not as reading intense as I wished all three reads were very enjoyable and entertaining reads that aloud me to escape from my own reality for a while.