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Late October 2007

Kidsreads.com Newsletter for Parents

Late October 2007

What's New on Kidsreads.com

Happy Halloween from Kidsreads.com!

New Series Feature: The Wormling by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry

Series Feature: RPM by Chris Fabry

Don't Miss: STAR WARS: A POP-UP GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Matthew Reinhart

Don't Miss: DRAGONOLOGY: FIELD GUIDE TO DRAGONS written by Dr. Ernest Drake, edited by Dugald A. Steer

Don't Miss: 'OLOGIES CODE-WRITING KITS edited by Dugald A. Steer

Series Update: Redwall by Brian Jacques

Choose Your Own Adventure --- The Classic Series is Back!

Books into Movies: The Seeker: The Dark is Rising

Children's Book Week

Cool New Books for October

October's New in Paperback Roundup

This Month's Reviews

Poll: Audiobooks

Question of the Month: Listening to Books

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Happy Halloween from Kidsreads.com!

Happy Halloween! I feel like a kid today. I'm dressing up as a witch to walk around the neighborhood trick or treating with one of my best friends. My younger son is getting his wish: he is going to be a ghost. I bought him a white sheet this weekend since we did not have any in the house. He is wildly excited about this. My older son is on the fence about whether to accompany us or hand out the candy. He is pawing through the candy bucket here! I have decided that Daylight Savings Time HAS to end before Halloween next year so it can be dark enough early to trick or treat!

Our monthly update at Kidsreads.com this month has a number of series books ready for the young readers around your house. Fans of action and fantasy will devour the first three books in The Wormling series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry, and anyone who has an interest in cars will race through books one and two in Fabry's RPM series.  

A series that is over 20 years old and still going strong, Redwall, continues the story in EULALIA!. In this installment, readers can expect Brian Jacques to deliver more of the action-packed animal adventures they’ve come to know and love.

Another classic series is back and better than ever, as Choose Your Own Adventure has been updated for a new generation. Kids love re-reading these books and making different choices each time to see what crazy place they’ll end up in.  

Speaking of interaction, the newest addition to the 'Ologies series, DRAGONOLOGY: FIELD GUIDE TO DRAGONS, has been released. Kids will have tons of fun putting together models of 12 different species of dragon, as well as learning how to protect themselves from attack! For more fun, check out the 'OLOGIES CODE-WRITING KITS. From deciphering secret pirate messages to translating ancient Egyptian cartouches, your children will bend their brains to solve these amazing puzzles.

And if those series aren’t enough, this month also has a movie turned into a book and a book series turned into a movie! You must see STAR WARS: A POP-UP GUIDE TO THE GALAXY to believe it. Let’s just say you will really “light up” when you flip to the last page! I got to see Matthew Reinhart at a book convention a few weeks ago. He is such a HUGE Star Wars fan that creating this book really was a dream come true for him. It is really wonderful. In the mood to see a film with your child? Check out The Seeker: The Dark is Rising, based on the epic fantasy series by Susan Cooper.  

For more book suggestions --- some of which are (whoa!) not in a series --- check out this month’s reviews, see what’s Cool and New and New in Paperback, and get a sneak peak at what's Coming Soon.

Listening to a story is really fun --- especially if the reader does cool voices for the different characters! We know more and more kids have iPods, mp3 players and CD players, so we're wondering: Does your child like listening to audiobooks? Let us know in this month’s poll and question. 

At Kidsreads.com we love to celebrate, whether the occasion is a birthday, Halloween or just a sunny day. Well, from November 12-18, we will have a great reason to party --- it’s Children’s Book Week! For more information and ways to celebrate, check out the Children’s Book Council website.

Here’s hoping you and your children celebrate every day with a great read.

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)

New Series Feature: The Wormling by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry

THE WORMLING Series by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry
"Nothing special" is the best way to describe Owen Reeder --- at least that’s what he’s been told all his life. When a stranger visits his father’s bookstore, Owen’s ordinary life spirals out of control and right into a world he didn’t even know existed. Owen believes the only gift he possesses is his ability to devour books, but he is about to be forced into a battle that will affect two worlds: his and the unknown world of the Lowlands. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
 

Click here to read our Wormling series feature.


 

Series Feature: RPM by Chris Fabry

RPM Series by Chris Fabry
Tim Carhardt is drifting through life with one goal --- survival. Jamie Maxwell believes she can and will become the first female winner of the cup. But life isn’t always as easy as it seems. What happens when dreams and faith hit the wall? In the trademark page-turner style used by Chris Fabry in the Left Behind: The Kids series, his fast-paced RPM books will keep even reluctant readers on the edge of their seats. Go behind the scenes of America’s most-watched sport to see what it’s like inside a 200-mph racecar as engines rev and lives collide. Reviewed by Michele Howe.
 
Click here to read our RPM series feature.

 

Don't Miss: STAR WARS: A POP-UP GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Matthew Reinhart

Matthew Reinhart put his own three-dimensional spin on classic tales in CINDERELLA: A POP-UP FAIRY TALE and THE JUNGLE BOOK: A POP-UP ADVENTURE, and worked with Robert Sabuda on the bestselling Encyclopedia Prehistorica trilogy. His latest work, STAR WARS: A POP-UP GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, pays homage to the legendary cult-classic films by George Lucas and is meant to act as an encyclopedia of characters, vehicles and places in the series. In this interview, Reinhart describes his childhood passion for the original movies and discusses what he hopes his guide will contribute to the "Star Wars universe." He also details the research he performed at the Lucas Ranch, explains the painstaking process of creating these magnificent pop-ups and shares some of his favorite characters and spreads from the book.

STAR WARS: A POP-UP GUIDE TO THE GALAXY by Matthew Reinhart
Lifelong Star Wars fan and paper engineer extraordinaire Matthew Reinhart combines his two passions in STAR WARS: A POP-UP GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, an encyclopedic examination of who, what, when and where in the Star Wars universe --- not to mention some very impressive pop-up sculptures of monsters, vehicles and enemies…including Darth Vader. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read an interview with Matthew Reinhart.
 

Click here to read a review of STAR WARS: A POP-UP GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.


 
Don't Miss: DRAGONOLOGY: FIELD GUIDE TO DRAGONS written by Dr. Ernest Drake, edited by Dugald A. Steer

DRAGONOLOGY: FIELD GUIDE TO DRAGONS written by Dr. Ernest Drake, edited by Dugald A. Steer
Even skilled dragonologists need special preparation to study in the field. What if an unfamiliar species should approach? Now an impressive guide highlights 19 different dragon species, many seen here for the first time. To help readers recognize dragons in the wild, mini models of 12 of the species await assembly, each tucked in its own pocket and complete with its own stand. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

 

Click here to read a review of DRAGONOLOGY: FIELD GUIDE TO DRAGONS.

 

Don't Miss: 'OLOGIES CODE-WRITING KITS edited by Dugald A. Steer

’OLOGIES CODE-WRITING KITS edited by Dugald A. Steer
The 'Ologies series explores the mythical and fantastic in a series of books and related toys about dragons, ancient Egypt, wizards and fairies, and pirates. The latest products in this series are code-writing kits that invite children to engage with these subjects in a creative, hands-on way. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.
 

Click here to read more about the code-writing kits for DRAGONOLOGY, EGYPTOLOGY, WIZARDOLOGY and PIRATEOLOGY.


 

Series Update: Redwall by Brian Jacques

EULALIA!: A Tale from Redwall by Brian Jacques
Once again Brian Jacques creates the fresh, unforgettable characters who abound in the world of Redwall. Badgers, otters, weasels, squirrels, shrews, mice, rabbits and rats are given even better definition with the fine drawings of David Elliot. An excellent map of the woods and plains surrounding the Abbey helps follow the travelers as they move toward the great climactic battle outside of Redwall. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

-Click here to read an excerpt from EULALIA!
-Click here to read the Redwall series feature.

 

Click here to read a review of EULALIA!

 

Choose Your Own Adventure --- The Classic Series is Back!

Your best friend Tom has been in Mexico, working on a TV report on the ancient Mayan civilization. Three days ago, he vanished without a trace. The only (possible!) clue you have are terrible, haunting nightmares where Tom is killed in a Mayan sacrificial ceremony. You must find him before these nightmares become reality!  What would you do if…an old man approached you at the Temple of Magicians with a mysterious lead? Would you go with him to explore an ancient cenote, an underground waterhole? Or would you ignore him? It’s up to YOU to decide what to do. Well, what are you waiting for?!

The publishing company Chooseco has reissued MYSTERY OF THE MAYA and some of the original books in the Choose Your Own Adventure series, updated with revised text, new artwork and brand-new titles.
 
Click here for more information about the Choose Your Own Adventure books and start YOUR own adventure.

 

Books into Movies: The Seeker: The Dark is Rising

October's Books into Movies feature offers quite a treat for lovers of fantasy and big-budget epics à la The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings. The Seeker: The Dark is Rising --- based on the award-winning series by Susan Cooper --- hit theaters on October 5th, providing a breathtaking battle of epic proportions between the forces of good and evil. The dazzling sets and jaw-dropping special effects, not to mention an addicting story full of magic and adventure, make this a must-see for moviegoers of all ages.
 
Click here for more details about the film.


 

Children's Book Week

From November 12-18, the Children's Book Council (CBC) is sponsoring its 88th annual Children's Book Week. This year's theme is Rise Up Reading!, which encourages children and the adults who care for them to spread the joy of reading by spending some time with a book each day.

Since its conception in 1919 by the CBC --- a nonprofit trade organization of publishers and packagers of trade books for children and young adults --- this yearly event aims to celebrate the written word and introduce young readers to new authors and ideas. The group works to support literacy, and advocates making reading a part of
America's educational and social goals.

 

Click here to learn more about Children's Book Week and how to celebrate in your area.


 

Cool New Books for October

October’s roundup of Cool New Books includes EULALIA! by Brian Jacques, a thrilling tale from Redwall featuring the greatest warriors of Salamandastron; PETER AND THE SECRET OF RUNDOON, the action-packed finale to Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s Starcatchers trilogy; IGRAINE THE BRAVE, an enchanting story from Cornelia Funke about a princess who must find the courage to save her family and their kingdom; THE CASTLE CORONA, in which Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech weaves together two worlds that just might have more in common than meets the eye; brand-new titles starring Plaza Hotel resident Eloise and lovable piglet Olivia; and the picture-book debuts of bestselling author Kate DiCamillo and actress Julianne Moore.
 

Click here to see our roundup of Cool New Books for October.


 

October's New in Paperback Roundup

October’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes MIRACLE ON 49th STREET, a sports and holiday novel from Mike Lupica in which a basketball superstar finally may have met his match; THE GREAT AMERICAN MOUSICAL by Julie Andrews Edwards and Emma Walton Hamilton, a humorous tale about a group of mice whose rehearsals for their own musical come to an abrupt halt when their theater is threatened by demolition and the leading lady mouse disappears; Jules Feiffer’s A ROOM WITH A ZOO, the story of a nine-year-old girl who manages to assemble living creatures large and small in her room while waiting for the one animal she wants more than anything in the world; and the continuation of Alexander McCall Smith’s Harriet Bean and Akimbo chapter book series.
 

Click here to see what's New in Paperback for October.


 

This Month's Reviews

IGRAINE THE BRAVE by Cornelia Funke
Igraine, the daughter of a family of skillful magicians, wants only to be a knight. How she does so --- and saves her family and the kingdom in the process --- is the story of IGRAINE THE BRAVE, the newly-translated novel for younger readers by Cornelia Funke, author of the popular Inkheart series. Reviewed by Norah Piehl and excerpted.

THE NAME OF THIS BOOK IS SECRET by Pseudonymous Bosch
This book is about a secret so big, it could change the course of history. Really.  Well, maybe. The author won’t even reveal his (or her) real name. And he (or she) won’t say where or when the story takes place, except that it begins on a Wednesday. What I can tell you is that the story involves two intrepid 11-year olds, some evil villains, one mysterious box with secret potions and --- I think that’s all I can say right now without giving away the secret! Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

TEN WAYS TO MAKE MY SISTER DISAPPEAR by Norma Fox Mazer
Everything 10-year-old Sprig wants, her older sister Dakota already has. Everything Sprig does, Dakota does better. And anytime Sprig complains, Dakota just grins and calls her a baby. It’s enough to make a kid wish her sister would disappear. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

A CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT by Linda Urban
In this warm, wise debut novel by Linda Urban, 10-year-old Zoe Elias --- who dreams of being a world-famous piano player --- discovers that music, friendship and even perfection can come from the most unexpected sources. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

RALEIGH'S PAGE written by Alan Armstrong and illustrated by Tim Jessel
Eleven-year-old Andrew Saintleger sets out on an adventure of a lifetime when he leaves his family farm in the spring of 1584. He travels to London to join Sir Walter Raleigh’s staff as a page, where --- through hard work and dangerous trials and tests --- he earns the opportunity to sail across the ocean to explore America. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THE MAN WITH THE RED BAG by Eve Bunting
In THE MAN WITH THE RED BAG, award-winning author Eve Bunting gives readers a thoughtful exploration of post-9/11 prejudice and misunderstanding, set within a suspenseful mystery story. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
 

Click here to read our most recent reviews.


 

Poll: Audiobooks

Would you listen to audiobooks on your mp3 player or iPod?
Yes
No
Not sure
I do not have an mp3 player or iPod.

If a book by one of your FAVORITE authors was available as an audiobook before it was out as a print book, would you buy it?
Yes, I would buy the audiobook.
Yes, I would buy the audiobook and then later buy the print book.
I would just wait for the print book as I do not listen to audiobooks.
I am not sure what I would do.

Many people listen to different books on audio than they read in print. Do you think you would listen to different genres than you would read?
Yes
No
Not sure

What genres do you think would be the coolest to listen to on your mp3 player or iPod? Check as many as apply.
General Fiction
Historical Fiction
Mysteries/Thrillers
Fantasy
Science Fiction
History
Biographies/Autobiographies/Memoirs
Classics
Other
I have no interest in listening to audiobooks.
I do not have an mp3 player or iPod.

 

Click here to answer our poll.


 

Question of the Month: Listening to Books

What book would you most like to listen to in audiobook format?
 

Click here to answer our question.


 

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