Thursday, July 21, 2011

Book Review - Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan

Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer (Twisted Tales, #2)Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Princess Lucette's world is one of darkness and loneliness. Cursed at birth, Lucette is awake only during the night while the rest of the kingdom is asleep. To make matters worse, the one who cursed Lucette is the Vampire Queen of the neighboring kingdom. Now it is up to Lucette alone to defend her subjects during the night against vampire attacks. Will Lucette be able to keep her kingdom safe? Will she spend the rest of her life alone in the dark? You get to choose the path Lucette takes in this wonderful version of Sleeping Beauty. So choose well and maybe Princess Lucette will live happily ever after.

With wonderful characterization of the fairytale Sleeping Beauty, McGowen gives the old tale a new twist by adding vampires to the mix. Now instead of lying asleep waiting for the kiss of true love, Princess Lucette gets to stake a few vampires along the way. Which she does with great skill. Being able to choose which way the story goes allows the reader to read this wonderful story again and again, with the same outcome just different journeys getting there.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Book Review - Pinwheel Days by Ellen Tarlow

Pinwheel DaysPinwheel Days by Ellen Tarlow

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pinwheel the donkey likes peanut butter for lunch and playing hide-and-seek with his friends. Follow Pinwheel as he spends his days with his friends, Squirrel, Owl and Rabbit, playing and encountering the world around them. With colorful illustrations, Pinwheel takes us through a world of discovery which includes finding new friends and learning about fall.

This is a wonderful short chapter book for reading aloud or for beginning readers ready to move into chapter books. It is reminiscent of Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel. If your child has read all the Frog and Toad books, I would recommend they try Pinwheel Days next.

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