A coming of age story, Margaret searches for a singular religious identity as well as journeying through puberty, boys, school and all the things that go with it. First published in 1970 by Yearling, Judy’s Blume’s “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” landed on Time’s Top 100 Fiction Books in 2011. It’s popularity also spurned another book, only this time from a boys perspective.
I’ve heard the old cliche “never judge a book by its cover”, but I did on this book and I am glad I did because Ransom Rigg’s “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” was a frighteningly fantastical debut novel with just enough macabre and the ties that bind us to another human to keep you enveloped to the very end. I loved this young adult novel and the pictures that the story is built on really brings something to this story that so few books have.
I first read ‘The Hatchet’ by Gary Paulsen when I was in grade school. It was first published in 1987, and since then has been a classroom staple in the years following. A story of survival, young Brian weathers the wilderness for 54 days after his plane crashes. In his time there, he deals with how to survive, the death of the pilot and all the troubles in his home life. This is the first in a 5-book series and is definitely worth a read, especially if you have school aged children.
Quoted as being “one of the greatest childhood classics of all time” ‘They Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. Inspired by a hole punch, children are able to follow a very hungry caterpillar’s life cycle and the metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly. This book is great for early readers and not to mention helps with math with basic counting. The pictures help beginners follow the story and strengthens developing reading skills.
Everyone is in love. Yuck. Double Yuck! In “That Yucky Love Thing” by Michael Catchpool, a young boy is utterly disgusted by all the lovey dovey people in his life with all their kissing and holding hands. Yuck. So he leaves, but in his travels he only finds animals expressing their love. Double Yuck. He then finds an abandoned Island where he gets to do all the awesome things he wants to do but soon comes to find a young girl living there as well. Not so yucky. This book is really funny as you can picture young children having the exact same reaction in real life. The illustrations are quite good and I think that this would be a book good for young boys, but my Princess loves it too. Come read about “That Yucky Love Thing.”
*I was not paid for this review and I purchased the book myself*