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review 2017-10-23 09:41
NURK by Ursula Vernon
Nurk: The Strange, Surprising Adventures of a (Somewhat) Brave Shrew - Ursula Vernon

From the blurb:

Nurk is a quiet homebody of a shrew. But when a mysterious plea for help arrives in the mail, he invokes the spirit of his fearless warrior-shrew grandmother, Surka, and sets off to find the sender. It seems the prince of the dragonflies has been kidnapped, and Nurk is his last hope for rescue. Such a mission would be daunting for even the biggest, baddest, and bravest of shrews, and Nurk is neither big nor bad, and only a little brave. But he does his very best--and hopes his grandmother would be proud.   Nurk is a warm, wonderful, and hilarious illustrated adventure about courage, family legacies, and friendships of a most unusual nature.

 

Nurk is an amusing and entertaining book for adults to read to their little children and perhaps for small children to read on their own, though there are a few "big words" they may need help with.  The occasional illustrations are adorable and the story beautifully written.

 

 

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review 2017-10-02 07:32
George's Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl
George's Marvellous Medicine - Quentin Blake,Roald Dahl

George's Marvellous Medicine is a very short children's book that is enhanced by Quentin Blake's quirky illustrations. George's grandmother isn't very nice so he decides to make her a new medicine with the hopes of improving her temperament. However, things don't go as planned and George manages to concoct several medicines with unusual properties. This is a funny story that little children will probably enjoy - their grandmother's, not so much.

 

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review 2017-09-26 08:59
Fantastic Mr Fox - Roald Dahl,Quentin Blake

This is a short, not-so-tame, absolutely hilarious children's story about how Fantastic Mr Fox outfoxes a trio of fox-hungry farmers.  The illustrations by Quentin Blake add to the quirky humour of the story.

 

 

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review 2017-09-21 15:03
THE BFG by Roald Dahl
Bfg;The (Pb) - ROALD DAHL

This is a re-read for me - I had to replace my read-to-death copy of the book recently and decided to read it again.

 

This is an amusing (non-politically correct) children's book about the fascinating adventures of a quirky, lovable giant, his not-so-lovable neighbours, and a little girl.  The illustrations by Quentin Blake also add to the enjoyment of this book.  The text is easy enough for a novice reader to understand (with the occasional big word) but the made-up words might prove a bit difficult, if somewhat amusing when read aloud.  The story itself is also interesting enough to keep an adults attention while he/she is reading it to the kiddies.  There are also bits of morality issues which can be discussed with the children. 

 

My edition of the book has black and white sketches, but I've seen some lovely full colour editions of Roald Dahl's books.

 

 

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review 2017-09-19 13:16
Magic world with teenager managing a home improvement service by magic
The Last Dragonslayer - Jasper Fforde

 

 

 

This book fits Magic Realism, Chilling Children and probably Witches. 

 

Reading this one now. More like a magical world where wizards would take care of moles problem with charms. 

 

Sound like fun. 

 

Oh my goodness. This story is great. 

 

Jennifer Strange is 15 and going on 16. She manages a magic service agency that do delivery by flying carpet and finding missing items by magic.

 

She is trying to find out about a prophecy that Big Magic with capital letter M is happening because the last dragon is going to be killed.

 

The story moves smoothly and then a lot of real life issues happened in this fantasy land. 

 

Like it a lot. Looking forward to the next one.  

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