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Kids’ Book Corner: BOO-ks for October; Plus New Feature: Kids' Book Reviews

Posted By Karen Young On October 4, 2010 @ 10:32 pm In Family,Featured,Kids' Book Corner,spotlight | No Comments


It’s time for books that send shivers up spines:

I’m Looking for a Monster by Timothy Young is a lighthearted pull-the-tab, open-the-flap, turn-the-wheel celebration of friendly monsters as young readers accompany a boy on a search for the perfect monster.  4-8

Cold Water Witch by Yannick Murphy is shivery fun for girls 4 to 7 years.  Tom Lintern’s chilly illustrations enhance the fairy tale mood of this story about a battle of wits between a witch and a clever young girl  Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins & Other Nasties by Lesley M. M. Blume (illustrated by David Foote) will fascinate older girls with its collection of stories about the “startlingly modern lives” of fairies.

This wittily and darkly illustrated guidebook gives the lowdown on how to tell good fairies from bad, the difference between trolls and dwarves, the danger of walking on enchanted tufts of grass, and other useful bits of fairy lore. 9-12

Young monster-trackers will welcome How to Trap a Zombie, Track a Vampire And Other Hands-On Activities for Monster Hunters by A. R. Rotruck. This atmospheric and beautifully illustrated guide covers riddle-writing, building monster-catchers, creating invisible ink, sewing robes and wands, making mirror shields, concocting Vampire repellent, a recipe for cake that will disgust an Ogre,  fighting with slime, navigating dungeons, hunting Krakens, and of course, trapping Zombies. 9-12

D.K.’s creepy and wonderful Supernatural: Explore the Unknown from Atlantis to Zombies is an encyclopedic guide to eerie, unexplained, and scary stuff and includes the science behind stories of aliens, ghosts, poltergeists, premonitions, psychic powers, hoaxes, curses, vampires, and werewolves. A great book for 9-12 year olds who are reluctant to read fiction, the shimmering hologram on the padded cover draws kids in and the vivid illustrations, eyewitness accounts and hair-raising details keeps them reading.

Need ideas for your kids’ (or your own) Halloween costumes? Marvel Avengers:The Ultimate Character Guide is a lavish compendium of Marvel Avengers superheroes and villains. Alphabetically organized, this book reveals the powers, weaknesses, origins and enemies of favorite characters like Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Thor and Captain America. Young adult

New Feature: Kids’ Book Reviews


Marc Sverdlov (2nd grade) and his dog Zeus enjoy Stink by Megan McDonald. Photo by Julia Sverdlov

Marc Sverdlov says: “Stink, the main character, is a boy. Stink is the little brother of Judy Moody. The book talks about a competition for the world’s stinkiest sneakers and Stink wants to enter it but one of the judges had a cold and couldn’t smell the sneakers.  So, Stink was asked to be one of the judges.   Sophie of the Elves, Stink’s friend, won the competition and got the golden clothespin.  This is a funny book.”

Greg Sverdlov (5th grade) is a fan of Holes by Louis Sachar. Photo by Julia Sverdlov

Greg Sverdlov reports: “Holes was an entertaining book.  It was interesting because Stanley Yelnats was accused of a crime which he didn’t commit, stealing sneakers from a famous baseball player.  He was sent to Camp Green Lake which was like juvenile hall.   The book is called Holes because he and the other boys are forced to dig holes 5 feet wide by 5 feet longs as their punishment. The book talks about what a living hell the camp was and how he runs away.”

Please email a jpeg photos of kids favorite spine-tingling books, along with a very brief book review by your child to joperry@gmail.com. Kids can be in Halloween costume. Photos & reviews will be included in November Book Corner. Deadline November 1, 2010. Please include a photo credit and statement that My Daily Find has your permission to reproduce the photograph of your child.

Jo Perry has a Ph.D. in English, taught literature and writing, and worked as a college administrator and as a television writer and producer. She is a reviewer for BookBrowse.com and is an ongoing contributor to kidsLA Magazine for which she writes about the city, children’s books, and conducts interviews. For two years she wrote the Kids’ Book Club column for the L.A. Times’ Kids’ Reading Room page.

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