Tuesday, January 5, 2010

So what do we think? Horns & Wrinkles

Helgerson, Joseph. (2006) Horns and Wrinkles. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN-10: 0618981780. Publisher originally listed grades 4-6 but more recently grades 5-9, ages 10-14.

(Please read criteria and full review found at http://www.litland.com/)

This story is reminiscent of old-time folklore passed down the generations. It brings forth visions of when those who lived along and worked the lakes and rivers in past centuries spoke of its magical properties, and of forests full of trolls and fairies. Helgerson successfully invokes feelings of nostalgia amongst his readers similar to reading a Mark Twain story but without as much southern slang, a modern-day touch which may make it more appealing to some readers. The writing style is easy, fluent and interesting, building in fun quips such as when Claire tries to see inside her own eyes: “I crossed my eyes for a look at myself”. Between the antics of Claire, Duke, and the trolls, plus character’s telling tales of the past, this book has one adventure after another and is sure to hold your attention. You’ll resist the urge to shout hooray too! This is really an enjoyable book for all ages that we highly recommend!

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