Thursday, January 17, 2013

Children books with unexpected endings

Children books represent at least 25% of my Kindle books. I do not have any preference for the age, as I come along very well any for an audience between 4 to 100. Thanks to this passion I succeeded to improve many of the languages that I need to use on a regular basis and very often I take half of the day off to spend some good hours at the closest bookstore for reading some new books, together with the little toddlers and school children. Of course that I plan to write my own children books, but I feel that I am still too far away from the moment when I will start putting on my virtual paper the plans of my first one. It means that I have more opportunities to discover more books and I am (again) in a win-win situation.

In the last days, I finally started and finished reading a book that I wanted to discover for a long time: How to speak dragonese, by Cressida Cowell. This is one of the many books included in the successful series of How to train your dragon. Two different impressions are fighting in my mind when thinking about this book. The first category deals with the admiration for the smart and simple story line, the funny characters and the creation of the that personalized ambiance that makes any children book a great achievement. The story is self sufficient, the characters have their personality, strength and weaknesses and even though at the end of there are some moral and ethical lessons to be considered - Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III wins respect because the way he uses his mind - you do not feel it as a boring lecture. What I did not like - at all - is the language who is too aggressive and dirty sometimes. I did not expect from such a rough world of the vikings a Roman politness, but I tried to overcome too much vulgarity. 

As for the second choice of children books this week, The Bear's Slippers by Maria Ellis, all I can say is that it is an adorable story. This story aimed for 4 to 7 yo is a versified story about a bear whose slippers are lost when entering the water. Poor bear, after being hurt before in the forest, hence his unusual and laughable - for some of his fellow forest chaps - decision to wear slippers, would he be forced to stay at home for the rest of his life? The power of imagination can challenge any bad mood: the bear follows with the eyes of his mind the journey of the dancing slippers. Wish it is a continuation and I can read more stories about this bear and his adventurous slippers. Maria Ellis is the author of both the story and the illustrations. 

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