[DWJ] Open to suggestions

Colin Fine colin at kindness.demon.co.uk
Mon Oct 31 11:20:50 EST 2005


Ulrika Isacsson wrote:

> Robyn Starkey wrote:
>
>> Hi All
>>
>> I'm teaching literature for young children again in winter semester, 
>> and I thought I would call for book nominations again. Two specific 
>> questions: which dwj should I do (bearing in mind the focus is 
>> readers 8 and under); and have you read any new books for this age 
>> group (picture books or chapter books) that you thought were 
>> fabulous? I'm going to do heaps of fairy tales because that's what my 
>> 5 year old is obsessed with at the moment, and yes I am going to do 
>> Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as my book plus film option.
>>
>> Robyn
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> I'm not sure of how new they are, (and it is possible that I heard of 
> them here first anyway) but Holly Black and Tony Di Terlizzi writes a 
> series of chapter books that is quite fun. The Spiderwick chronicles. 
> I have found three or four so far at the library and I try to remember 
> checking for more when I'm there. Plot outline: Three children and 
> their mother move to old family home and find fairies. The children, 
> not the mother.
>
> I don't remember which dwj you did last time, but if it wasn't 
> Dogsbody I recommend that.
>
> //Ulrika
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I'v e just reread Dogsbody, and reminded myself what a fine book it is - 
but I'm a bit dubious for under-8's. (Though I don't know any children 
well, so I may be right off-beam).
I'd suggest Charmed Life or The Magicians of Caprona.

Colin




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