I initially read this book to my son when it first came out. I think he was 5. That was a really long time ago and I couldn´t remember the story so I decided to read it again. I am surprised at how much I had forgotten. I love Dobbie, the house elf and how he would do something bad and then punish himself by banging his head into the wall or shutting his ears into the oven. Poor Dobbie. I loved the flying car and how the boys stole it when they couldn´t get on the train to get to the school. Harry and Ron narrowly escaped expulsion from school and were warned not to get into any more trouble. Then, Harry starts hearing this strange voice that no one else can hear saying, ¨kill....kill......¨ He follows the voice and finds Mrs. Norris, a cat that roams the halls of the school petrified over words painted on the wall saying that the Chamber of Secrets has been opened and warning that all muggle born would be killed. Of course, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are going to try to figure out what is going on for themselves since the staff at the school don´t seem to be able to.
I enjoyed reading this book again but it made me sad thinking about my cute little boy that is now not so cute and a lot more hairy.
Grade level Equivalent: 2.6
Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne in the Magic tree house series, is a great introduction to chapter books for young readers. The adventure Jack encounters with his kid sister, Annie, takes the students imagination on a fun filled quest that promises to keep any students interest. After Jack and Annie discover a tree house with a magical library, they choose a dinosaur book that takes them back to prehistoric times. Will they survive the dinosaurs? How will they get back? This is a great book to use in reading centers or read aloud.
3.75 stars rounded up
Not much progress from the Midnight Cabal plot -- and I really, truly, wasn't sure with the development over Alec-Felicity relationship ...
BUT, there was still enough action involving dark magic ritual/monsters that kept me entertained.
Plus Alec was able to get answers regarding the case which Amy Cantrell hired him for in book #2 about the Church massacre in which her mother became one of the victims.
Looking forward to book #4.
Huh. Read this on my kindle and posted several quotes and updates to goodreads for later inclusion in this review -- none of which show there. Oh well, one less thing to use goodreads for. May as well disconnect it from my Paperwhite.
That aside, a good book that could have been better if more monsters and magicks. and less family (think "mafia") plotting. Somewhat as expected (middle book of series) because there's more backstory on people, developing relationships and eventually even the discovery of exactly what big bad villain is plotting. Way more people are let in on her "secret" including by her personally -- which was weird because she and others have been spending so much time (and so many chapters) hiding it.
And early on a really weird mention of Devon's supposedly deceased Daddy being in Lawrence's sword as if the first book had already revealed that. Could be my old lady memory, but all I remember first book saying about his Daddy was that he was dead. No mention of being reincarnated as/into Lawrence's sword. That's one status update I wish goodreads hadn't destroyed because I quoted the exact passage *shrugs* -- if I can ever track it down in quotes or updates I'll update this review to add it. Just the one mention but could prove pivotal to the series grand finale.