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Book Review – HORN TOAD BOOKS

18 Aug

At my grandchildren’s school library, they feature a list of HornToad books. These are children’s books chosen for their excellence.

Two nights ago I started reading one to my grandchildren. It’s called

43 Old Cemetary Road

Dying To Meet You

by Kate Klise

Illustrated by M. Sarah Klise

I wondered if I was going to lose the children’s attention as the scene was set. A grumpy children’s writer rents a house so he can write a novel about a ghost tamer. To his surprise the house comes with a ghost and a boy whose parents are traveling.

The children were entranced. We read 1/3 of this 154 page book.

The entire book is written in newspaper clippings, letters and handwritten notes, plus the many illustrations.

The characters are well developed.

We can’t ait to finish it.

Copyright Jeanne Litt 2010

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6 Comments

Posted by on August 18, 2010 in Abundance, Uncategorized

 

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6 responses to “Book Review – HORN TOAD BOOKS

  1. ~ifer

    August 18, 2010 at 3:40 am

    I love, love, LOVE kids books when they are well written. I appreciate the authors who understand that just because it is a kid’s book doesn’t mean that they should be talked down to. Character development, and a plain-old-good-story are so very important, especially at the age when kids are getting into reading.

     
  2. Doraz

    August 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    You are tooooo cool 8) 😎

    Thanks.

     
  3. Heather

    August 18, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Love that you read to the kids! Not many do that anymore. I tried it with my grandkids and they insisted in reading it to me. Sounds like a good book, I’m going to have to check it out.

     
  4. Thea Phipps

    August 19, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    It’s good to visit your Web site again! (Sorry… I’ve been temporarily out of circulation with a sick computer)
    Ahhhh… the magic of books when you are a child. Even when you are an adult 🙂

     
  5. denise

    August 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    i just bought three children books as gifts (my favorite gift to receive, too)…can’t wait to check out this recommendation…sea has been “making” books by binding typing paper with 2 holes tied with yarn…she draws the stories on the right side and i write her “story” word-for-word on the left…such a wonderful process…soon she will be reading and this will all go to a new level…look forward to your book recommendations!

     
  6. Petty Witter

    August 21, 2010 at 12:40 am

    So good to hear of children who are still interested in books – we hear so many stories of them not being interested in the written word. I shall think of this book when next buying for niece #2 – thanks for the recommendation.

     

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