Dragon’s Merry Christmas. I.

Pilkey, Dav. Dragon’s Merry Christmas. I. 1991

Dragon gets ready for Christmas!  Though everything doesn’t go as planned, dragon helps make Christmas special for others in need and get a Christmas treat in the end.

TAGS: Dragon, funny, Christmas, caring, kindness, silly, winter, holiday, fiction, I, North Franklin

Adventures of the Robber Pig. M.

Mahy, Margaret. Adventures of the Robber Pig. M. 2000.

The robber pig wants to drink the king’s bottle of milk, but hiding in the swamp might not be the best idea. Will he get away with it before trouble finds him? Then, the robber pig wants to steal Mrs. Lockett’s pies, but will her bumbling foil his plan? Finally, can the robber pig find true love and give up his thieving ways?

TAGS: funny, humorous details, fiction, chapter, moral lesson, stealing, fantasy, m

Ghost School. M.

Clifford, Eth. Ghost School. M. 1999.

Twin sisters Elizabeth and Carol and their friend Jeff love spooky stuff and decide to sneak into a haunted school.  There they meet ghost teachers and ghost students, and have to help find a new building for the school, as it is slated to be torn down. Despite this promisingly exciting premise, there’s very few ghosts for the first 20 or 25 pages as the book builds up the relationship between the main characters. Chapters are 8-9 pages long.

TAGS: Fiction, fantasy, ghosts, twins, adventure, school, masks, puns, m

James & the Giant Peach. Q.

INFO: Dahl, Roald. James & the Giant Peach. Q. 1961.

DESC: James, orphaned by an enormous angry rhino, has to live with his terrible aunts Spiker and Sponge—until he accidentally drops magical glowing seeds at the roots of an old, dead peach tree.  When the magic causes the tree to grow one giant peach, James escapes his old life with the motley crew of giant bugs who live inside. Lots of kiddos have seen the movie; current school edition has tied-in illustrations. Chapters are 2-3 pages long.

TAGS: movie, adventure, chapter, bugs, magic, fantasy, weird names, weird bugs, Q, fiction, finland elementary, classics

James & the Giant Peach. Q.

INFO: Dahl, Roald. James & the Giant Peach. Q. 1961.

DESC: James, orphaned by an enormous angry rhino, has to live with his terrible aunts Spiker and Sponge—until he accidentally drops magical glowing seeds at the roots of an old, dead peach tree.  When the magic causes the tree to grow one giant peach, James escapes his old life with the motley crew of giant bugs who live inside. Lots of kiddos have seen the movie; current school edition has tied-in illustrations. Chapters are 2-3 pages long.

TAGS: movie, adventure, chapter, bugs, magic, fantasy, weird names, weird bugs, Q, fiction, finland elementary, classics

The Frog Prince Continued. O.

INFO:  Scieszka, Jon.  The Frog Prince Continued.  O.  1994

DESC:  After the Princess kissed the frog, he turned into a handsome prince and they lived happily ever after… or “did they?”  The Princess can’t stand the Prince’s froggy habits.  The Prince is unhappy, too, and decides that it would be best if he were changed back to a frog. But finding a witch who will do the job is harder than he expects.

TAGS:  Highland Park, O, Fantasy, Animals, Contentment, level o, highland park-o, fiction, chapter, oscar

The Bailey City Monsters: Vampire Trouble. L.

INFO:  Thorton Jones, Marcia and Dadey, Debbie.  The Bailey City Monsters: Vampire Trouble.  L.  1998.

DESC: The weird adult populace of Bailey City is rendered yet stranger with the arrival of Hauntly family of Hauntly Manor Inn, in particular Madame Hauntly, who cheers on the kids at soccer games but nevertheless sleeps in the dirt and bears fangs. 

TAGS:  Highland Park, Chapter book, Mystery, Monsters, Sports, Fantasy, l, level l, highland park-l, lima, fiction, chapter

The Time Warp Trio: 2095! P.

INFO: Scieszka, Jon. The Time Warp Trio: 2095! P. 1995.

DESC: For all of its Stinky Cheese Man-era illustration, the Time Warp Trio series seems to have held up well. In this edition, our heroes find themselves transported from their class trip to New York’s Museum of Natural History to … the exact same place, 100 years in the future! Except that travelling into the future isn’t as easy as travelling into the past – after all, deadly Time Police robots get on your trail! In this funny adventure with a good touch of “detective” work and mystery, our heroes manage to find their way “back from the future” … with a little help from some unexpected kin. Noteworthy – and especially interesting to our readers – is Scieszka’s offbeat, and fairly convincing, rendering of the technologies (read: giant 3-D advertisements for toilet-paper, shaped like a talking roll of gargantuan toilet-paper, floating in mid-air) and fashions of the future!

TAGS: fantasy, science fiction, sf, future, the future, time travel, adventure, suspense, mystery, museums, TIME POLICE ROBOTS, humor, chapter, fiction, P

The Littles. M.

INFO: Peterson, John. The Littles. M. 1967.

DESC: Tiny people live in the walls of the houses of bigger people, and eat all of their stuff, and make everything they need from things they steal! But, it’s not all so one-sided: they also repair the electricity for the bigger people. In this first installment in the Littles empire, the Biggs (resident Big People) are going out of town for some months, and the Littles brace themselves (all with different opinions) to handle the sub-letters. While the gimmick of miniature people with (inexplicably!) long, furry mouse-tails is definitely enough to hold the attention of many of our kiddos, it also leaves behind it a rather inane plotline and dated narrative style. Still, if tiny people hold their attention and fancy – go for it, and nevermind the rest!

TAGS: tiny people, stealing, thievery, sizeism, classic literature, adventures, realistic fantasy, fantasy, mice or men?!, fiction, chapter