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Delighted to discover this author,
This review is from: The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas (Hardcover)
Absolutely delighted to discover a new author, who's written a number of books that I can look out for - and even better, its not one who I read myself when I were young but something modern and new. How many times have i grabbed a book that i recognised from my childhood and thrust it in front of my daughter saying 'you'll love this one' only to realise that it was not as good as I remembered or not as resonant as you'd want to today's children..
This book works on so many levels, the language is fantastic, the story is great, there are good values and messages in there and it's funny. I am seriously impressed. I read it myself, which i occasionally feel the need to do with my 7 year old's reading, and genuinely loved it. I'm thinking about recommending it to my book group! can't wait to go back to the older ones now.
Trying to persuade my 5 yr old to dress up as Stan for world book day (in November) but no luck yet!
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2012 12:18:43 GMT
You should read "Skellig" next (brilliant!) and then go on with "Mina" (story takes place before the events in "Skellig", but written some 15 years later, so it makes sense). I personally love "Kit's Wilderness". But as you said: fantastic language and great stories, and that's true for all books by David Almond.
Posted on 10 Mar 2013 12:46:02 GMT
Old Irish Git says:
Great review. I totally agree about both disappointment and joy from digging out a favourite remembered from long ago. I have three children whose ages span 25 years (youngest is 11), and even as I write I think of old favourites I must buy for my six month old grand daughter, my daughter or my niece's children. Thanks.
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