Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Book Review-Baba Yaga The Flying Witch

Published February 29th 2008

by Usborne Publishing Ltd (first published January 2008)

details Hardcover, 48 pages

isbn 0746085605

4 stars

Story summary from the back cover

In this fantastic Russian folktale, Baba Yaga zooms through the forest on her flying pot. Her hair is greasy, her hands are arty. Her nose reaches down to her chin. And poor Tasha has been sent into the forest to find her...

First of all, let me say that Usborne Books are my very favorite in the whole world. Their editions are sturdy and withstand my children's manhandling, chewing and reading. This one I picked up from the library. It has a cushioned hard cover and a ribbon inside to hold your place. I was interested in the subject because of the YA fiction book "Dreaming Anastasia." The folk tale of Baba Yaga was introduced within the story and I wanted to learn more.

The Usborne version is easy to read with beautiful illustrations and my children have all passed it around.  They are picky readers, so any book that holds their interest is impressive for me!  I can't wait to pick up the other fairy tale book in the Usborne Easy Reader series.

39 Clues Book #7 Release by Scholastic

Today I received an awesome email from Scholastic about today's release of 39 Clues book #7-The Viper's Nest. The most exciting news about the series, if you've been reading it, is Amy and Dan find out which branch of the Cahill Family they belong to!

Scholastic has kicked off the release of The Viper's Nest with a tour that started today!!
As the race to find the clues intensifies, author Peter Lerangis will embark on a national book tour, giving fans a first-hand look at the series that has captivated kids and educators from all 50 states and 191 countries. The tour(which starts today) features events in schools, bookstores, and libraries - check out the schedule here. We hope to see you there! (quote from their blog).

More cards, more clues revealed and more adventures are sure to make book #7 a huge hit. I'll be honest, I've only read book 6, as we received from Scholastic for a review, and from reading the book, I have fallen in love with the story. I quickly picked up and understand what the plot was and what was going on. You can read that review here. I'm definitely going to be picking upThe Viper's Nest.

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~