Showing posts with label free books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label free books. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Summer reading - what are you reading (plus give away!)

I've had a great start to summer. Our weather has turned gloriously sunny, after long stretches of rain and cold all through May. We've been going on lovely after-dinner neighborhood walks, enjoying summer evenings. And my children are enjoying both time with friends and time with each other, in a nice balance (for the moment!). But best of all has been time to read!

Summer can be such a fun time to read what you want to read, not what other people are telling you to. I loved taking my tweens to the library with friends and watch them recommend books to each other. I love sneak-peaking what other people are reading at the pool or on the airplane. And I love stealing quiet moments to read in the middle of the afternoon or late at night - just those times when you're really not supposed to. But it's summer, so all rules can be broken a little, can't they?!!

SidekicksThis summer I've had the delicious treat of reading an advance copy of Brian Selznick's newest amazing work, Wonderstruck. It's written in the amazing style of Hugo Cabret, but weaves an even more intricate, interwoven story. I'll share more about it when it's published in September. And I loved reading a graphic novel Sidekicks, by Dan Santat. If your child inhales graphic novels and loves superheroes, this is definitely worth looking out for - it will be released next week.

Next up for my summer reading are:
    Astronaut Academy: Zero GravityThe Friendship DollThe Boy Who HowledThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
  • Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, by Dave Roman - this graphic novel got great advanced reviews by the 4th and 5th graders at Emerson. They loved its humor, illustrations and overall blend of fantasy and real life.
  • The Friendship Doll, by Kirby Larson - I've just started this wonderful historical fiction book. My youngest was drawn to the doll story, but I think it's more suited to older elementary readers (ages 9 - 12) who enjoy the detailed historical fiction that Larson does so well.
  • The Boy Who Howled, by Timothy Powers - I've just started this as well (OK, it's a bad habit), and am having fun with this take on the classic story of a boy raised by wolves. Powers creates humorous dialog, imagining what the wolves were saying to one another and how they tried to talk with Callum, the young boy they took in. He's just been sent back to live with the humans, and I'm sure there are many adventures to come.
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente - I've heard wonderful things about this new fantasy, with its twisted, turning story as September, a young girl from Omaha, Nebraska, finds herself whisked away to Fairyland to retrieve a witch's spoon. One book-loving friend, Donalyn Miller (a.k.a. The Book Whisperer), describes this as a blend between the Phantom Tollbooth, Alice in Wonderland and the Oz books.
  • When Life Gives You O.J., by Erica Perl - Our neighbors are getting a puppy today, and my daughter has been yearning for her own puppy. Well, this book's trailer just made me laugh so much and think of her. In this sweet story, Zeely's eccentric grandfather Ace hatches a ridiculous plan involving a "practice dog" named OJ, but Zelly's not so sure how far she's willing to go to win a dog of her own. Is Ace's plan so crazy it just might work . . . or is it just plain crazy?
When Life Gives You O.J.
Come enjoy the trailer for When Life Gives You O.J., and you'll want to try it with you children:



Come join me in summer reading! I'd love to share your thoughts about what books you're enjoying with your children. Enter a chance to win a free copy of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by leaving a comment on yesterday's post here.

If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion will go to Great Kid Books (at no cost to you). Thank you for your support.


Review ©2011 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books.
 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (ages 10 - 14) - giveaway!

I loved reading fairy tales and fantasy stories when I was a child. Nothing was better than slipping into another world, whether it was entering a magical world through the back of a wardrobe with C.S. Lewis, or joining Milo as he traveled through the doldrums with his watchdog Tock, or flying with dragons through the land of Pern in Anne McCaffrey's series. Children, especially ages 9 - 12, still love fantasies. They're drawn to magical worlds, with extremes of good and evil and sometimes blurry in-betweens, where children have to navigate their way through challenges and quests with only the help of trusted allies they discover along the way.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own MakingI am excited to read a new fantasy novel for children: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne Valente. This novel has received high praise from many quarters: starred reviews from several book review journals, praise from numerous authors such as Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow and Tamora Pierce, and one of Amazon's Books of the Month for May 2011. If you would like to win a free copy of this book, keep reading!
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
by Catherynne Valente
NY: Feiwel and Friends, 2011
ages 10 - 14
available on Amazon and at your local library
With a twisted, turning story, Valente tells the tale of September, a young girl from Omaha, Nebraska, who finds herself whisked away to Fairyland to retrieve a witch's spoon. One book-loving friend, Donalyn Miller (a.k.a. The Book Whisperer), describes this as a blend between the Phantom Tollbooth, Alice in Wonderland and the Oz books. I'm intrigued, and not sure I want to read much more!

Here's an intriguing book trailer for The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland...



To learn more about this story, head over to Catherynne Valente's website. She offers a wonderful chance to read the first several chapters and to listen to her reading them aloud. She also tells the intriguing story of how this story came to life, taking flight first as a free web-based novel and eventually being published with gorgeous illustrations and support from all corners.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own MakingGiveaway opportunity:
Join me in a summer reading! The publishers of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making have offered a copy to one of my readers. Hooray!

Contest rules:
  1. Leave a comment on this post, sharing your favorite fantasy story (or one your children have loved).
  2. Share this contest on Facebook or Twitter with a link to this post, and leave another comment so I can give you an extra entry.
  3. Follow this blog, either by signing up for emails (see the right hand column) or through Google Connect or Facebook. Leave another entry letting me know you follow this blog.
  4. You must live in the United States and have a U.S. shipping address in order to qualify.
  5. Make sure you leave a valid email address in your comments, so I can get in touch with you.
  6. Contest ends Thursday, June 30th at midnight P.S.T. Winners will be announced on July 1st.
Many thanks to Feiwel and Friends for this kind give away offer. If you make a purchase using the Amazon links on this site, a small portion will go to Great Kid Books (at no cost to you). Thank you for your support.


Review ©2011 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Dinosaur Hunt - a silly & fun early reader - win a FREE book!

What makes a great book for new readers? These books need simple sentences and words, yes, but most of all they need a story (and pictures) that makes kids laugh. Are you in search of a great book for your new reader? Check out Dinosaur Hunt, a great early reader. Do you have kids in kindergarten and 1st grade who are now reading full sentences? Or maybe a preschooler who loves silly stories? Read on to find out how to win a FREE copy of this charming book!
Dinosaur Hunt (Max Spaniel)
by David Catrow
Orchard Books, 2009.
ages 4 - 7
Max is not your typical dog. He is a hunter, a skilled and persistent hunter. He will track down the biggest beast of them all - a dinosaur. So Max tracks down the head, and then the body. But as all kids know, you can build a dinosaur out of anything. Below you see the early results of Max's search:


The illustrations in David Catrow's book are wonderful. Zany and silly, they draw you right in. This is perfect for kids who want a silly story. Catrow is the illustrator of many books, but this is his first as both author and illustrator - you can tell that he loves dogs.

This is a fun book - I'd love to share it. We have 5 FREE copies to give away, thanks to the publisher. Contest rules:

1) Leave a comment below or email me at greatkidbooks@gmail.com. Make sure you leave your email address so I can get in touch with you.

2) In your comment, let us know the favorite early reader books (simple sentences, good stories) that your children enjoy.

For an extra entry:

** Spread the word of the contest using your blog, twitter, Facebook or simply emailing 10 friends with the link. One entry for each way you spread the word.

** For another entry, follow Great Kid Books either subscribing using the email link above, adding it to your RSS blog reader, or following on Facebook's Networked Blogs.

** For a final bonus, convince a friend to follow Great Kid Books and both of you can earn an extra entry!

Contest ends on Saturday, August 22nd.

The review copy was provided by the publisher. For another review, see Young Readers: "I love Max. I just LOVE him. I find his silliness charming. And his enthusiasm. And his determination. I can't help myself. I just do."