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When The Girl learned that I was compiling a list of my book reviews and ratings so that everyone could see which books I enjoyed most in 2009, she wanted in on the action.

Here’s a list are the books she read and reviewed with me in 2009, with links to our reviews:

10 Days: Anne Frank by David Colter
The Holocaust: The Nazis Seize Power, 1931-1941 by Stuart A. Kallen
Too Tall Alice by Barbara Worton and Dom Rodi (illus.)
Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross (illus.)
Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross (illus.)
Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross (illus.)
Horrid Henry’s Stinkbomb by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross (illus.)
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Princess Katie and the Silver Pony by Vivian French
T4 by Ann Clare LeZotte
The Luckiest Penny by Deborah Weed and Ernest Socolov (illus.)
Katie & Kimball: A Ghost Story by Linda Thieman
Kali and the Rat Snake by Zai Whitaker and Srividya Natarajan
Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, and Mary Nethery
The 13 Days of Halloween by Carol Greene and Tim Raglin (illus.)
Horrid Henry’s Underpants by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross (illus.)
Horrid Henry and the Scary Sitter by Francesca Simon and Tony Ross (illus.)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall (illus.)

Here’s a list of the books she read and reviewed by herself, with links to her reviews:

The Case of the Glow in the Dark Ghost by James Preller
Let’s Find Pokemon! by Kazunori Aihara
The Suburban Dragon by Garasmo Maccagnone
Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall (illus.)
Frindle by Andrew Clements
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo

She read two books with me, but didn’t feel like writing up her own reviews; the links are to my reviews, in which I discuss her thoughts.

The Listeners by Gloria Whelan and Mike Benny (illus.)
Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French

Of the books we read together, she abandoned one; the link is to my review.

Wild Horses by Jenny Oldfield

And she finished a couple of books on her own and just didn’t get around to writing reviews:

Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell
Bone: Treasure Hunters by Jeff Smith

She was pretty happy with her list of completed books, considering that she likes to start a new book nearly every day, just picking whatever one calls her at the time.  For 2010, she says she wants to finish more books, write more reviews, and convince me to let her have her own blog.  (Good luck on the last one, I told her, since she’s only 9!)

The Girl’s 5 Favorite Reads of 2009

(Please keep in mind that these are her favorites from the books she read; they aren’t all new releases from the past year.)

5.  Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French

4.  10 Days: Anne Frank by David Colter

3.  Dork Diaries by Rachel Renee Russell

2.  Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle by Major Brian Dennis, Kirby Larson, and Mary Nethery

1.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

What was your child’s favorite of the books he/she read in 2009?

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“I just wanted to know…” began Mark slowly.  “I mean it’s silly but I was thinking.  Do kids have to be like their parents?”

Mr. McDonald frowned.  “I’m not sure I get your meaning,” he said.

“Well, say someone’s father did something really evil…like Hitler or Pol Pot,” he added hurriedly.  “Would their kids be evil too?”

(from Hitler’s Daughter, page 61)

In Hitler’s Daughter by Jackie French, four friends in present day Australia spend their long wait at the bus stop each day telling stories.  Most of the stories are about fairies and that sort of thing, but one day, Anna decides to tell a more serious story — a story about a young girl named Heidi whose father happens to be Adolf Hitler.  If in real life Hitler had a child, you wouldn’t expect her to be like Heidi; while he’s trying to breed a “perfect” race, his daughter is born with a large red birthmark on her face and a limp because one leg is shorter than the other.  Heidi wants to live a normal life and be allowed to play with other children and spend time with her father, but Duffi (her nickname for her father, Hitler) is never around and Heidi is concealed from the world like she doesn’t exist.

Because the people tasked with caring for Heidi are scared to say too much in her presence for fear their comments will get back to her father, she doesn’t hear about the goings on in the outside world.  When she hears someone talk about the Jews and asks who they are, all she is told is that the Jews are different from them.  When she hears about a family being arrested for hiding Jews and learns something bad could happen to them, Heidi does what she can with her limited knowledge and limited access to the outside world — she clears out a barn and slowly takes food from the pantry to store in the space where she plans to shelter Jews if they ever come to her for help.  However, with a child-like innocence, she doesn’t think about whether her father is doing something wrong; she continues to seek attention and love from the only parent she knows — just like a child whose father isn’t one of the biggest mass murderers in history.

Hitler’s Daughter is seen from the point of view of Mark, a 10-year-old boy who is greatly affected by Anna’s story.  He can’t stop asking questions about Hitler and the Jews, whether children have to grow up to be like their parents, whether you can love someone guilty of such crimes, and how does one know that the things they believe are right truly are.  And these are the same questions I posed to The Girl as we read this book together.  These are hard questions, and the adults in Mark’s life have a hard time answering them.  But what bothered me about the book was that Mark’s parents weren’t comfortable with his questions or were too busy and shrugged him off.  Personally, I’d be glad to know that my child is truly thinking about the world around her, and even if I didn’t have any concrete answers, we could discuss what we believe to be the right path.

The story is filled with action, especially when Heidi is taken to Hitler’s Berlin bunker at a time when the city is being bombed non-stop.  The Girl was so engrossed in the story, she gripped my arms at the tense parts and insisted that I keep reading.  Hitler’s Daughter is suitable for grades 4-6, but even adults will learn something from this story.

Disclosure:  The Girl borrowed Hitler’s Daughter from her school library. I am an Amazon associate.

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With nothing else to do over the weekend but watch the snow fall and shovel it (and in The Girl’s case jump head-first in snow piles and emerge looking like a snowman), The Girl and I had some time to snuggle on the couch and read.  The Girl jumped at the chance to be included in her Auntie Serena’s tour post for Ivy + Bean:  Doomed to Dance written by Annie Barrows and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, and she asked me to read the book to her.  Of course, I said yes, especially because now that she’s 9 and reading most things by herself, I don’t know how many more opportunities I’ll have to read to her.

Anyway, I couldn’t let her visit Serena’s blog without having her answer a couple of questions for mine, right?  So here’s what I got out of her:

Me: Did you like the book?

The Girl: Of course.

Me: Okay…so what did you like about it?

The Girl: It was funny.

Me: Okay…and what was the funniest part?

The Girl: The squid with the huge eye.

Me: That was pretty funny.  So, why do you like the Ivy + Bean series so much.

The Girl: It’s funny.

Me: You were on the phone with Auntie Serena talking about the book for 10 or 15 minutes, and that’s all you have to say about it?

The Girl: You’ll have to read her blog to see my answers.

If you haven’t already, check out Serena’s review of Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance and her interview with The Girl.  My review of the book is here.

And the lucky winner of my Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance giveaway is Julie from Booking Mama. Congratulations! I hope you and Booking Daughter enjoy the book as much as The Girl and I did!

Disclosure:  We received a copy of Ivy + Bean: Doomed to Dance from Chronicle Books for review purposes. I am an Amazon associate.

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We come home tired.  We come home hungry, but Bobby, Sue, and me, Ella May, got more work to do after supper.

We got to listen.

(from The Listeners)

The Listeners is a picture book depicting the lives of slaves, in particular three children who, after a hard day of work, go to the main house, hide under the open window, and listen to the conversations of the master and mistress of the plantation.  They listen for anything that might be important to the slaves, such as the arrival of a new boss or the sale of a particular slave, which could mean harsher working conditions or that a family would be separated.

Gloria Whelan brings one aspect of slavery to life in a way that is easy for children to grasp.  She explains the hard work the slaves are forced to perform and how they had no say in what happened to themselves or their families without detailing the beatings and other hardships that slaves endured at the hands of their masters.  Whelan shows how slave families did their best to stick together and help one another, and how their faith in God helped them survive.  And the illustrations by Mike Benny are dark hued, complementing this dark page in our nation’s history.

By telling the story from the point of view of a child, Whelan helps spark a discussion among parents and children, who will see sharp differences between their lives and the lives of the book’s characters.  I read this book with The Girl (age 9), and she told me what she’d learned so far about slavery.  We talked about how unfair and even dangerous it is to look at people differently based on the color of their skin, social class, religious beliefs, etc.  The role of the listeners was new to us both, and the courage of these children fascinated us.  The Listeners is an amazing story that can teach both children and adults about a chapter in history that must be discussed but never repeated.

Disclosure:  We won a copy of The Listeners in a blog giveaway. I am an Amazon associate.

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The Girl (age 9) loves Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, has all the books, and even waited in line for about 2 hours at the National Book Festival to meet him and have her books signed.  So when the fourth book in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days, was released in October, she bought a copy right away.  In fact, she saved a gift card she received for her birthday back in July solely for this purpose.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days was my introduction to the series, and I probably wouldn’t have read it had The Girl not fallen ill and wanted me to read to her.  But I was sucked in from the first page, and in less than an hour, we’d blown through 90 pages of the 217-page book.  It helps that it’s written like a diary with cartoon drawings, but it’s also very funny.

Here’s the gist:  Nothing seems to go Greg Heffley’s way.  The summer arrives, and he plans to spend it in his room playing video games with the curtains drawn.  But his mother (thankfully) has other plans.

The Girl asked me if we could do this review a little differently, sort of like an interview.  So here goes:

The Girl:  What was your favorite part of the story?

Me:  When Greg has to pay his friend Rowley’s father back, and he decides to start a lawn care business.  The advertisements in which he superimposes his and Rowley’s faces on the bodies of burly construction workers were hilarious.

The Girl:  Who was your favorite character?

Me:  I thought Greg was pretty funny, but he doesn’t always make the right choices, as we discussed.  Since the story is written from Greg’s point of view, and he tends to focus mainly on himself, you don’t get to know the other characters really well.

The Girl:  What do you think this book teaches kids?

Me:  Well, I hope they’d see that the choices Greg makes typically are bad ones.  While the events that occur are supposed to be funny, and they are, you really wouldn’t want kids trying to act like Greg Heffley.  But it’s fiction.  I mean, how many kids Greg’s age really think their parents would try to sell them and then call the police on them?  It’s purely entertainment.

What was your favorite part of the book?

The Girl:  When Greg and Rowley were under the boardwalk and sticking a dollar bill through the wooden planks and pulling it back before people could grab it.

Me:  Is this your favorite book in the series?

The Girl:  Yes.  I thought it was the funniest.

Me:  Do you think Greg is a good role model?

The Girl: No.  He disobeys his parents and causes trouble.  He called the police on his father for no reason.

Me:  Why do you think the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are so popular?

The Girl:  The stories and the cartoon illustrations are funny.  Jeff Kinney has a way of telling a story that grabs your attention and is easy to understand.

Me:  Last question.  Do you identify in any with Greg Heffley?

The Girl:  No.  I never disobey my parents.

Me:  HA!  HA!  HA!  You certainly have a sense of humor.

Well, there you have it.  In a nutshell, Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days is a fun book for middle grade readers, and even grownups will get a laugh out of it.  In fact, I’ve borrowed the other three books from The Girl, and I hope to read them when I’m in the mood for some light reading.

Have any of you shared these books with your children?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Disclosure:  We purchased our copy of Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days. I am an Amazon associate.

© 2009 Anna Horner of Diary of an Eccentric. All Rights Reserved. Please do not reproduce or republish content without permission.

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Horrid Henry is back…and he’s as horrid as ever.  Francesca Simon’s beloved U.K. children’s series — which is illustrated by Tony Ross — has been released in the U.S. by Sourcebooks.  The Girl and I reviewed four of the Horrid Henry books earlier this year, and we were excited to be part of the latest blog tour for Horrid Henry’s Underpants and Horrid Henry and the Scary Sitter.  Each book contains four hilarious stories about the biggest troublemaker I’ve ever read in a children’s book.  Here’s a rundown of the stories:

In Horrid Henry’s Underpants:

“Horrid Henry Eats a Vegetable” — Horrid Henry’s parents always wish he was like his younger brother, Perfect Peter.  Peter loves vegetables — even more than candy.  To persuade Henry to eat his vegetables, his parents bribe him.  If he eats all of his vegetables every day for five days, they’ll take him to his favorite restaurant, complete with greasy fried foods and televisions.  Of course, Henry has no plans to eat his vegetables, and he goes beyond the stick-them-in-your-napkin routine I pulled as a kid.

“Horrid Henry’s Underpants” — This is the funniest story in the two books, and of course, kids will get a kick out of the use of the word “underpants” in the title and throughout the story.  Henry’s great aunt has always thought he was a girl named Henny, and she sends him a gift — frilly, flowery girl underpants.  Unfortunately for Henry, he accidentally wears them to school on a day when he overslept, and he has to figure out how to get rid of them before the kids in his class find out.

“Horrid Henry’s Sick Day” — Horrid Henry doesn’t like that Perfect Peter is sick and staying home from school.  He’d rather stay home and watch tv, too, so he pretends to be sick.  His plan backfires when his parents fall ill, and they need some TLC.  Of course, Henry doesn’t want to help.

“Horrid Henry’s Thank You Letter” — Horrid Henry, the greedy, rude child that he is, obviously has better things to do than write thank you letters for the Christmas gifts he received.  After all, he doesn’t like most of them.  So why should he thank the giver?  Henry decides to write some “No, thank you” letters, and figuring that people would pay for his services, he takes on the job of writing “thank you” letters for his classmates.  I bet you can imagine how well that turns out.

In Horrid Henry and the Scary Sitter:

“Horrid Henry Tricks and Treats”  — Henry does a horrid, horrid thing to Perfect Peter and is forced to stay home with his father while his mother and Peter go trick-or-treating.  But when Henry’s classmates ring the bell and show up with their bulging bags of candy, Henry has no intention of missing out on the goodies — especially since his parents are passing out fruit and walnuts as treats.

“Horrid Henry and the Scary Sitter” — It’s understandable why Henry’s parents can’t find a babysitter willing to watch Henry more than once.  Henry is outraged when his parents hire Rabid Rebecca, who expects the boys to be in their pajamas and ready for bed hours before their usual bedtime.  But even though Rebecca is mean and wants the children out of her sight so she can watch ballroom dancing, Henry won’t give up until he has her trained — giving him rule of the house.

“Horrid Henry’s Raid” — Horrid Henry and Perfect Peter’s Purple Hand fort is raided by Moody Margaret and Sour Susan, who insist Henry is responsible for emptying the cookie tin in their Secret Club tent.  Thus begins a back-and-forth battle to annihilate their enemies’ clubhouses.

“Horrid Henry’s Car Journey” — Horrid Henry would rather attend Rude Ralph’s birthday party than the christening of his baby cousin, Vomiting Vera.  So he decides to make the long car trip unbearable for his parents in the hopes that they will turn around and let him attend the birthday party.

Horrid Henry and his antics are amusing to a point.  He truly is the brattiest kid I’ve ever seen in a children’s book, and his actions are funny because they are so outrageous.  However, after reading eight stories of Henry is his horrible glory, I was exhausted and so thankful that my daughter is well behaved and genuinely kind.  I understand that the books are supposed to be funny, but it bothers me that Henry’s parents will tell him to stop being horrid and sometimes even send him to his room without doing much else to change his attitude or his behavior.  Some of the things he does are downright unacceptable and truly mean, and while some of his actions backfire, sometimes there are no consequences.

Yet at the same time, the Horrid Henry books are meant to be funny, ridiculous, and entertaining.  If your child, like mine, is mature enough to separate entertainment from appropriate “real life” behavior, that’s great.  Because you certainly wouldn’t want your kids getting any ideas from Horrid Henry!  While reading these books, The Girl would say “Uh, oh, he’s going to be in trouble” or “Henry’s really mean” or “I’d never do that.  I’d be grounded forever.”  I thought her reactions were funny, and they also made me happy that at least I’ve successfully taught her right from wrong.

After we finished the books, she went upstairs to jot down her thoughts.  When I read her review, I just about died laughing. 

Here are The Girl’s (age 9) thoughts on the books:

Perfect Peter is perfect, but I think he’s a little tattletale.  My favorite story was “Horrid Henry’s Underpants.”  His aunt thinks he is a girl so she gets him girly underwear.  My favorite part was when he couldn’t get dressed for gym because he was going commando, and the teacher said it was his lucky day because she found some spare underwear in the boy’s bathroom, and it’s the same underwear he started out with.  I don’t like how Henry gets away with everything.  I think he should be punished until he’s in college.

Too funny!!  Anyway, if you’re interested in seeing for yourself just how horrid Henry is, you’re in luck.  Courtesy of Sourcebooks, I have a copy of Horrid Henry and The Mummy’s Curse to give away.

I put The Girl in charge of the rules for this giveaway, and because Halloween is coming soon, she wants you to leave a comment telling her your biggest fear.  Please make sure to include your e-mail address with your comment.

Since the publisher is handling shipping, this giveaway is restricted to the United States.  The giveaway will end Sunday, Nov. 8, 2010, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

**Please note that this giveaway is now closed**

Disclosure:  We received copies of Horrid Henry’s Underpants and Horrid Henry and the Scary Sitter from Sourcebooks for review purposes. I am an Amazon associate.

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On the first day of Halloween, my good friend gave to me:  a vulture in a dead tree.  Thus begins The 13 Days of Halloween, a book billed as “A Trick-or-Treat Sing-Along.”  And that’s just what The Girl did when we read this book together.

The Girl and I absolutely loved this book.  I knew she would, as her favorite Christmas song is “The 12 Days of Christmas.”  What really makes The 13 Days of Halloween special is the creativity of author Carol Greene — who writes of such creepy crawlies as “seven spiders creeping” and “five cooked worms” — and the brilliant illustrations by Tim Raglin. The Girl’s favorite part of the book is the 10th day of Halloween when “ten goblins gobbling” are introduced.  These goblins are the red-winged Halloween version of Cupid, complete with bow and arrow, and the The Girl burst out laughing and shouted, “Look!  They’re only wearing underwear!”

The 13 Days of Halloween was originally published in 1985, but I don’t remember ever reading it as a kid.  I’m grateful that Sourcebooks recently reissued the book.  The story itself is pretty short, but there are many more minutes of entertainment to be found in the illustrations.  After we finished the book, we started from the beginning, paying close attention to each illustration, finding something hilarious we’d missed the first time around.  If you have youngsters who would enjoy a cute Halloween story, with illustrations that make creepy things funny, I highly recommend The 13 Days of Halloween.

Disclosure:  We received a copy of The 13 Days of Halloween from Sourcebooks for review purposes.  I am an Amazon associate.

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Nubs was the leader of a pack of wild dogs living in a border fort in western Iraq, and the fact that his ears had been cut off branded him a dog of war.  He lived a hard life, feeding on scraps when there were scraps to be had and barely surviving the harsh conditions of the desert.  Nubs:  The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle is the story of Nubs and the marine who named him, Major Brian Dennis of the Border Transition team 3/5/2, which was tasked with training Iraqi soldiers.

Brian first met Nubs in October 2007, and they became fast friends, sharing food and guard duty.  Each time Brian and his men left the fort, Nubs chased the Humvees.  When they returned, Nubs, starving and nursing a wound, eagerly greeted Brian.  When Brian and his men were called to the Jordanian border about 70 miles away, Nubs, obviously unaware that marines can’t have pets, had no plans to let Brian go.  Featuring real pictures of Nubs and Brian in Iraq, Nubs:  The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle shows the bond between man and dog and Nubs’ miraculous journey to a new life.

I first heard of Nubs at Book Expo America in May, and I snagged a pin and some dog tags advertising the book for The Girl, who is a big-time dog lover.  She’s always wearing the dog tags and couldn’t wait to read the book.  When an unexpected package from Hachette arrived a couple of days ago, she shrieked in delight, and last night we cuddled on the couch and read all about Nubs.

We both loved this inspiring, heart-warming story and fell in love with Nubs from the very first page.  Nubs is a very brave dog, and his story proves that a little kindness and love can change lives.  Nubs:  The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle is a charming story for children and adults alike.

Here’s what The Girl (age 9) had to say about the book:

This was a great, awesome, incredible story.  I loved the pictures, and I loved Nubs.  It explained a lot about the dog and his owner and was just great.

[The Girl wrote the review on a piece of notebook paper for me last night, and I wish you could see it because she drew a picture of Nubs (or at least the half-dog, half-cat version) at the bottom.  It’s so cute.]

Disclosure:  We received a copy of Nubs:  The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle from Hachette for review purposes. I am an Amazon associate.

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Kali and the Rat Snake written by Zai Whitaker and illustrated by Srividya Natarajan was one of the hardcover picture books Serena gave The Girl for Christmas.  It came in a package of multicultural books, and The Girl and I have enjoyed reading books that take place in other countries and teach us a little bit about other cultures.

In Kali and the Rat Snake, we had a chance to visit a village in India.  The main character, Kali, is proud that he belongs to the Irula tribe and that his father is one of the most famous snake catchers in his village.  However, Kali feels like the other children in his class look down on him because he is an Irula and because of his father’s profession.  He trudges to school every day, not wanting to go to school, where he has no friends.  He doesn’t want to stand out, but it is hard to hide that he’s a good student.  The ways of his tribe make him different than the other students; for instance, he brings fried termites as a snack — his favorite — but he sits away from the other children for fear they will make fun of him.  But when an unexpected visitor enters the classroom and wreaks havoc, Kali is not afraid to take action, and the results change his life.

Kali and the Rat Snake teaches children about acceptance, how they should embrace who they are and be willing to reach out to people different from themselves.  Differences can make children feel uncomfortable, but if they are not afraid or arrogant, they can open themselves up to new experiences and find that despite these differences, everyone is really the same.  Everyone longs for acceptance and desires friendship.

In addition to the beautiful lesson and the glimpse of a culture foreign to us, we enjoyed Kali and the Rat Snake for the illustrations.  They are bright and vivid, and they really help to put you in the scene.  My daughter was able to easily read the story by herself, but we read aloud together, alternating pages.  The story captured our interest from the first page, and even though she was able to guess what would happen after reading only a few pages, we thought it was a great story and would recommend it to other young readers and their parents.

Here’s what The Girl (age 9) had to say:

This book is about a kid named Kali who has no friends.  His dad catches snakes.  He hates school so he walks there slowly.  I liked this book because it shows what other people’s schools look like.  All the children learned to be friends and don’t make fun of other people.  Other people should read this book.

Disclosure:  We received Kali and the Rat Snake as a gift. I am an Amazon associate.

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo was the second and last book The Girl read for summer reading. (Frindle by Andrew Clements was the first.) I haven’t read this one myself, but I can say that the illustrations are wonderful and the few passages I read while flipping through it sounded great.

Here’s what The Girl (age 9) had to say:

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is about a china rabbit who was lost in the sea. He went on an adventure to get back to his owner. Edward Tulane met up with several different people on his journey, such as an old fisherman. I liked when a dog drooled on Edward Tulane.

This was my favorite part:

Once, while Abilene was at school, the neighbor’s dog, a male brindled boxer inexplicably named Rosie, came into the house uninvited and unannounced and lifted his leg on the dining room table, spraying the white tablecloth with urine. He then trotted over and sniffed Edward, and before Edward even had time to consider the implications of being sniffed by a dog, he was in Rosie’s mouth and Rosie was shaking him back and forth vigorously, growling and drooling.

…Edward’s silk suit was stained with drool and his head ached for several days afterward, but it was his ego that had suffered the most damage. Abilene’s mother had referred to him as “it,” and she was more outraged at the dog urine on her tablecloth than she was about the indignities that Edward had suffered at the jaws of Rosie. (pages 15-16)

This story was funny in some parts, and that’s why I think other people should read it.

Disclosure:  I received The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane as a gift. My mom an Amazon associate.

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