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jo

We've been reading Finn Family Moomintroll. A few tense moments when Moomintroll was turned into his opposite, but when Moominmamma recognized him, "no matter what," we gazed at each other happily.

elswhere

How about Pinkwater? The Hoboken Chicken Emergency? Its kind of short still, though. Hmm. Oh! I know! Bruce Coville books! Kids are crazy about them. Though I have to admit they don't quite do it for me. And there's all these great new fantasy series now, though I'm behind on reading them. Gregor the Overlander's supposed to be good--a boy and his little sister fall through the laundry grate into an underworld beneath NYC. And Guardians of Ga'Hoole--it's about owls.

--Booland, Inc.: Readers' Advisory for the Whole Family!

elswhere

And Diana Wynne Jones's Chrestomanci series! And the Wolves of Willoughby Chase! The Bone graphic novel series! Dealing With Dragons! Akiko on the Planet Smoo! The Borrowers! The Tale of Despereaux! and oh god, TERRY PRATCHETT!!

*exit, babbling and drooling, clutching a sheaf of summer reading handouts*

badgerbag

Wait... you like the tale of Despereaux? My aunt sent it to Moomin and I read chap. 1 and skimmed a bit ... possibly the most depressing sounding book ever written...? I'll read it for real if you say it's good.

elswhere

Well, I like depressing books, so there's that. Might be too dark for Moomin just yet, now that I think of it. But I really liked it. Some kids have loved it and some said it was the worst thing they ever read.

And I thought of another one, maybe in a year or two for Moomin but you'd like it I think: City of Ember! And the sequel, People of Sparks, which kids don't enjoy as much but I like more in a way-- it's less of an adventure story (though there is that) and more about societal problems and making things fair and surviving as a community and human nature. You can't read it first, though, because it contains big spoilers.

garnet

This is just incredibly sweet. What a sweet Moomin he is.

I'm trying to remember what I read when I was that age. It's so hard, because many of the things that I loved when I was very little I continued to love for a long time. I must have read (or had read to me) Alice in Wonderland about 100 times between ages 3 and 12. I had parts of it memorized, and at some point I got hold of the Annotated Alice and practically memorized the annotations. I didn't read The Hobbit until I was 10 because when my dad tried to read it to me a few years earlier, the "Riddles in the Dark" chapter was too scary for me! And then somewhere in there I started reading science fiction and grownup books.

jo

My mom read us the lil' house on the prairie books over and over. We all cried at the sad parts. Oh, and we read the narnia books out loud all the time, too.

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