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Early December 2007

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Early December 2007

What's New on Kidsreads.com

Happy Holidays from Kidsreads.com!

What to Give/What to Get Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

2007 Holiday Roundup

The Seventh Alex Rider Adventure Has Landed in Stores!

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

Books into Movies: The Golden Compass and The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

Now in Stores: INTO THE MIST: A Prequel to the Land of Elyon Trilogy, by Patrick Carman

Now in Stores: GREAT JOY by Kate DiCamillo

Now in Stores: OLIVIA HELPS WITH CHRISTMAS by Ian Falconer

Series Update: Eloise by Kay Thompson

Series Update: Geronimo Stilton

Cool New Books for November and December

November and December's New in Paperback Roundup

This Month's Reviews

Poll and Question of the Month: Receiving Books as Presents

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Happy Holidays from Kidsreads.com!

Here come the holidays...and Kidsreads.com is ready with lots of wonderful winter reads! Check out our annual What to Give/What to Get Gift Guide for kids, where you’ll find lots of great books to give to a child in your life this holiday season. Books are gifts you can feel good about --- and you'll be sure to find one your child will love. If you're like me, finding the right book for a child is the least of my holiday worries! It's the teens, the co-workers and the already-have-everything relatives that stump me for gift ideas. Luckily, Bookreporter.com has What to Give/What to Get Guides for EVERYONE on your list and even more titles in the Basket of Holiday Cheer feature. You may even find a few books to "gift" yourself!

In addition, Kidsreads.com is spotlighting books that will warm you up with holiday cheer. Click here for this year's festive roundup.

Some other terrific holiday books are in stores right now. GREAT JOY by Kate DiCamillo tells the story of a little girl who is troubled by the plight of the poor organ grinder and his monkey who have no home. During her Christmas pageant, she surprises everyone with a message of great joy. In OLIVIA HELPS WITH CHRISTMAS, our favorite porcine heroine celebrates the holiday with lots of laughs. Another giggle-inducing holiday book is ELOISE’S CHRISTMAS TRINKLES, in which Eloise prepares for Christmas at the Plaza with her typical panache. Here’s one last wintry treat: Geronimo Stilton is back in CHRISTMAS CATASTROPHE. Your child will love reading all about his adventures on the ski slopes!

Hit your limit on holiday books? We have good news: There are new titles in three series that have absolutely nothing to do with reindeer, snowmen or out-of-town relatives. SNAKEHEAD, the seventh installment in Anthony Horowitz's Alex Rider series, is packed with thrills and twists as the young spy embarks on another daring mission; this time, the past will come back to haunt him in a big way. For those who can’t get enough of the Land of Elyon Trilogy, INTO THE MIST by Patrick Carman fills in some background story and sets us up for even more adventures to come. Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry's The Wormling series has dragons, magic, parallel worlds --- all the stuff that make a feast for fantasy fanatics.

And if your child is one of those fantasy fans, you will want to see two movies releasing in December. Last week I caught a screening of The Golden Compass, based on Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. It’s a little scary --- Mrs. Coulter’s monkey is CREEPY! --- but the special effects are fantastic, and overall it’s a very good adaptation. I LOVED the costumes and the scenery! Later this month, you can see The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, based on THE WATERHORSE written by Dick King-Smith, which tells the “true” story behind the Loch Ness Monster.

Even with all the holiday excitement and fun things to do outside (ice skating is my personal favorite, while my younger son is all about sledding and building forts), winter break can get long. If your kids find themselves with nothing to do  (and are whining about being BORED), take a look at our Cool New Books and New in Paperback roundups, along with our most recent reviews for more reading ideas. Also, they can chime in on our current Poll and Question about getting books as gifts.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)


 

What to Give/What to Get Holiday Gift Guide for Kids

We’ve made our list and checked it twice. Ask for them all; that’s our advice! The books included in our special What to Give/What to Get Guide for kids are sure to add some spice to your holiday list, whether it’s a gift to give or to get.
 

Click here to read our What to Give/What to Get Gift Guide for kids.


 

2007 Holiday Roundup

As we anticipate the holidays, and all the joy and happiness they bring us, Kidsreads.com is pleased to present our annual roundup of great winter reads. In this feature, you’ll find books that celebrate what the season is all about: peace, giving, friendship and spending quality time with loved ones. Of course, we couldn’t resist adding a few that will make you “Ho, Ho, Ho!” and break out in holiday song. Curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy!
 
Click here to read our 2007 Holiday roundup.

 

The Seventh Alex Rider Adventure Has Landed in Stores!

SNAKEHEAD: Alex Rider #7 by Anthony Horowitz
When Alex Rider crash lands off the coast of Australia, the Australian Secret Service recruits him to infiltrate one of the ruthless gangs operating across South East Asia. Known as snakeheads, they smuggle drugs, weapons and, worst of all, people. Alex accepts the assignment, in part for the chance to work with his godfather and learn more about his parents. What he uncovers, however, is a secret that will make this his darkest and most dangerous mission yet. Reviewed by Tom Donadio.

-Click here to read an excerpt from SNAKEHEAD.
-Click here to read the Alex Rider series feature.

 

Click here to read a review of SNAKEHEAD.


 

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.

 

Books into Movies: The Golden Compass and The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep

This holiday season, be sure to set aside at least two days of your well-deserved winter break for a trip to the movies. Not to be missed is The Golden Compass, the first film in Philip Pullman’s award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy. This epic fantasy features a star-studded cast and chronicles the adventures of a young orphan in an alternate universe who sets out to rescue her best friend from a mysterious organization and learns she must save the world as well.

Also hitting the big screen in December is The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, which releases on Christmas Day. This sweet and enchanting film, based on Dick King-Smith's memorable tale about the origins of the infamous Loch Ness Monster, offers a little bit of magic and lots of laughs to moviegoers of all ages.


 

Click here to see our Books into Movies feature.


 

Now in Stores: INTO THE MIST: A Prequel to the Land of Elyon Trilogy, by Patrick Carman

INTO THE MIST: A Prequel to the Land of Elyon Trilogy by Patrick Carman
At the end of Alexa’s last adventure, she and her good friend Yipes boarded a majestic ship captained by Roland Warvold. Now, as they sail toward their mysterious destination, Captain Roland captivates their attention as he describes his and his brother’s adventures escaping a nightmarish orphanage and discovering their destiny. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

-Click here to read an excerpt from INTO THE MIST.
 

Click here to read a review of INTO THE MIST.

 

Now in Stores: GREAT JOY by Kate DiCamillo

GREAT JOY written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Once again, Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo has teamed up with Russian-born illustrator Bagram Ibatoulline. The result is an elegantly written and exquisitely illustrated picture book. With its pure-of-heart prose and Old World-like illustrations, GREAT JOY shows how the gifts of kindness and hope can transform a sad and lonely world. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

 

Click here to read a review of GREAT JOY.

 

Now in Stores: OLIVIA HELPS WITH CHRISTMAS by Ian Falconer

OLIVIA HELPS WITH CHRISTMAS by Ian Falconer
Christmas is coming, and Olivia is incredibly busy. She has to wait for Santa, make sure her dad sets up the tree, wait for Santa, watch her mom make the Christmas dinner, wait for Santa, oversee the care with which the stockings are hung and, of course, OPEN HER PRESENTS! Do you see how hard it is to be so helpful during the holidays? Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.

 

Click here to read a review of OLIVIA HELPS WITH CHRISTMAS.


 

Series Update: Eloise by Kay Thompson

ELOISE’S CHRISTMAS TRINKLES by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight
Eloise LOVES Christmas, and she's spreading holiday cheer all over The Plaza Hotel. She hangs holly and berries in the halls, trims the tree and attends the holiday parties. She has gifts ready for everyone: the hotel employees and best friends Nanny, Skipperdee and Weenie. But the best parts are dreaming of Santa coming to The Plaza and waking up to a gift that sparkles and trinkles. Reviewed by Jana Siciliano.

-Click here to read the Eloise series feature.

Click here to read a review of ELOISE'S CHRISTMAS TRINKLES.


 

Series Update: Geronimo Stilton

CHRISTMAS CATASTROPHE: Geronimo Stilton Special Edition by Geronimo Stilton
When Geronimo's nephew Benjamin persuades him to go skiing, what's the worst that can happen? Only a disaster that threatens to ruin Geronimo's entire holiday! Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to read our Geronimo Stilton series feature.

 

Click here to read a review of CHRISTMAS CATASTROPHE.


 

Cool New Books for November and December

November and December’s roundup of Cool New Books includes SNAKEHEAD, the seventh installment in Anthony Horowitz’s action-packed series starring 14-year-old secret agent Alex Rider; THE CHRONICLES OF SPIDERWICK, an interactive look at the world of Arthur Spiderwick that is a must-read for loyal fans of the series and a vital introduction for new ones; THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA POP-UP, yet another masterpiece by award-winning paper engineer Robert Sabuda, who devotes a spectacular pop-up spread to each of the seven books in The Chronicles of Narnia; THE MAGIC HALF, Annie Barrows’s delightful middle-grade novel in which an unsuspecting girl travels back in time to the year 1935; and ANGELA AND THE BABY JESUS, Frank McCourt’s captivating Christmas story about the childhood of Angela, from his Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir ANGELA’S ASHES.

 

Click here to see our roundup of Cool New Books for November and December.


 

November and December's New in Paperback Roundup

November and December’s roundup of New in Paperback titles includes THE COBRA KING OF KATHMANDU, the third installment in P. B. Kerr's Children of the Lamp series featuring djinn twins John and Philippa Gaunt; GRANDFATHER’S DANCE, which marks the conclusion of Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan’s Sarah, Plain and Tall series; NOBODY’S PERFECT, the sequel to DEAF CHILD CROSSING by Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin and playwright Doug Cooney; Candie Moonshower’s THE LEGEND OF ZOEY, about a 13-year-old girl who is propelled back in time to 1811, when the mysterious Reelfoot Lake was formed; and THE CASE OF THE MISSING MARQUESS by Nancy Springer, a mystery novel in which Enola Holmes, sister to the detective Sherlock Holmes, embarks on a journey to London in search of her mother who has disappeared.
 

Click here to see what's New in Paperback for November and December.


 

This Month's Reviews

ALEX AND THE IRONIC GENTLEMAN by Adrienne Kress      
Ironic is right --- Adrienne Kress's debut novel, ALEX AND THE IRONIC GENTLEMAN, is chock-full of verbal winks and knowing asides to the reader. Besides being ironic (and clever), this book is also a swashbucklingly good adventure tale. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

JUDY MOODY & STINK: THE HOLLY JOLIDAY written by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
Christmas approaches and Stink is wishing for just one thing: a white Christmas, with tons of snow. Can the new mailman, who looks like Santa and is named Jack Frost, help his impossible holiday dream come true? Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

THE GARDEN OF EVE by K. L. Going
Evie reluctantly moves with her widowed father to Beaumont, New York, where he has bought an apple orchard, dismissing rumors that the town is cursed and the trees haven't borne fruit in decades. Evie doesn't believe in things like curses and fairy tales anymore --- if fairy tales were real, her mother would still be alive. But there is no denying that odd things happen in Beaumont. Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle.

THE SLIPPERY MAP by N. E. Bode
Ten-year-old Oyster R. Motel is a lonely boy. Orphaned as an infant and raised by nuns in a convent in Baltimore, Maryland, Oyster wonders about his birth parents and longs for friends closer to his age. After he accidentally stumbles upon a doorway to an imaginary world, his quest to find his parents and make friends with other children begins. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

WAVE TRAVELLER by P.R. Morrison
It has been over three months since Archie Stingweed defeated Huigor and the terrible curse on his family. Lately, however, Archie has been noticing more strange things around his island home. When this phenomenon starts to intensify, Archie finds out he will have to battle another powerful curse --- only this one has the ability to bring Huigor back! Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle. 

NO CASTLES HERE by A.C.E. Bauer
Even if fairy tales might come true, Augie Boretski has to learn to rely on himself --- and his community --- in NO CASTLES HERE, an inspiring story of family, friendship and determination. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

CHRISTMAS AT STONY CREEK written by Stephanie Greene and illustrated by Chris Sheban
Christmas is just days away. The weather is cold and snowy at Stony Creek. Food is in scarce supply for the animals, birds and other creatures. One night Papa mouse tells his family he must leave the nest to find food, but he promises to return in two days --- three at the most. With Papa gone, Pip must help Mama care for her brothers and sisters. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.

 

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Poll and Question of the Month: Receiving Books as Presents

Poll:

Do you like receiving books as presents?
Yes
No

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Question:

If you only received books as presents this holiday season, name up to three titles you'd like to get.

-Click here to answer our question.

 


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