Raising Readers

Hilo: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick

Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick.  Random House, 2016, 193 pages Reading Level: Middle Grade, ages 8-10 Recommended for: ages 6-12, especially boys Bottom Line: The exuberant boy-robot Hilo is back from “the void,” pursuing his mission to destroy his arch-enemy Razorwark and discover his own origin and purpose. In 

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Reading Roald Dahl Redemptively: Two Thoughts

First posted in 2013. Summer is a great time for relaxing and reading of all kinds of fun books not usually assigned in literature class, like those by Roald Dahl. But it is still a good time to ask: how can a Christian read an author like Roald Dahl redemptively? I grew up hearing Charlie and 

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Ask a Librarian: Peter Pan

(We love hearing from our readers! Ask-a-Librarian is an occasional feature in which we answer a reader’s email query.) There are plenty of books we have read but not managed to review here, so I’m glad Tamra submitted this question: “I am looking for your review on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan book. We’ve started it 

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The Trials of Apollo Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

The Trials of Apollo Book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan. Disney-Hyperion, 2016, 376 pages Reading Level: Middle Grades, 10-12 Recommended for: ages 12-15 Bottom Line: This storyline of the series, which focuses on the now mortal god Apollo, is great in theory, but the first book is lackluster and inappropriate for younger readers. 

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Shakespeare Summer: Some General Principles (applied to a difficult play)

Last year we covered A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is readily available in numerous retellings, picture books, and even coloring pages. We chose this play because there was a local performance available, so we had plenty of resources to try to understand the story ahead of time. This summer, our best option was Henry V. 

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