Archive for September 2010

COSMIC by Frank Cottrell Boyce

September 30, 2010

This is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a long time.  Liam is a smart,  unusually tall twelve-year-old who can pass for an adult, and that gives him many interesting experiences, such as being able to (almost) test-drive a sports car.   He and his friend, Florida,  get mistaken for a father/daughter pair and they wind up winning a trip on the first spaceship to take civilians into space.  The three other father/child pairs on the top secret mission are very different from Liam and Florida, and it is fascinating to see how the twelve-year-old “Dad” succeeds where the others fail.  What makes a good Dad?  Read this humorous book that puts a fresh spin on growing up.

Calling all hamster lovers

September 2, 2010

I just finished reading The World According to Humphrey, and I found it very entertaining. The story is narrated by Humphrey, a sensitive, caring, and creative hamster who lives in an elementary school classroom and believes that “you can learn a lot about yourself by getting to know another species.” Humphrey learns about humans and the humans he interacts with learn valuable lessons about themselves. He goes home each weekend with a different student, and he makes big changes in every family he visits. His adventures are funny and touching, and they include escaping a nosy dog, helping a grumpy man recover from an illness, and showing a tv-obsessed family that they can learn to enjoy other pastimes. This is a wonderful animal fantasy and I strongly recommend it as a beginning chapter book as well as a great family read-aloud.

Note:  The CPS Library also has the following Humphrey adventures:  Friendship According to Humphrey,  Trouble According to Humphrey, and  Surprises According to Humphrey.  Check them out and make friends with this lovable furball.