Thursday, April 18, 2013

Kids Korner Review: Dragon Daily News By: Gene Twaronite

Goodreads Summary: 

“… he heard a strange rumbling noise coming from the kitchen. Then a loud crash. He got there just in time to see a small glacier go right through the kitchen wall, into the living room, and out the front door.” (from “The Glacier That Almost Ate Main Street”) A glacier that starts in a refrigerator is just one of the weird things that can happen in these twenty-one stories by Highlights for Children author Gene Twaronite. What if you showed up for school one day, but the school wasn’t there? What if words suddenly leapt off the page in the book you’re reading and floated away? What if the jet you’re on is afraid to fly? What if your parents gave you a real live rhino for your birthday? What if a little snake stretched and stretched to become the longest snake in the world? What if dragons really exist somewhere? What if …? Discover the answers to these and other questions. But be careful. Imagination can be a dangerous thing … especially if someone closes the book on you while you’re inside. While some of these stories were first published in magazines including Highlights for Children and Read (Weekly Reader), many are brand new. So what are you waiting for? Jump right in—have fun with your head!

My Review: 

ReadingNook Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I read and reviewed one other book from Gene so when he contacted me again to read his newest novel, I agreed right away. Gene has such a great imagination, and through his writing paints a picture that makes you feel like you've fallen right into the story. Dragon Daily News is a collection of short stories for young kids, and I honestly thought they were all so entertaining and fun!! I loved the introduction where he explained where and how some of the stories came to be, in my opinion and I think the adults that pick up this book will find that interesting, and make the stories a little richer.

I am not yet a parent, but i've had a love of reading since a very young age, and its followed me through out the years, it's not above me to read childrens stories, whether it be books that I read and loved as a child or books that i didn't read as a child, but will simply bring me back to a simpler time in life when everything wasn't so complicated. I don't have kids of my own, but have already started collecting books to pass on to my kids when I do have them, and I hope that I can instill my love of reading onto them, and Dragon Daily News is a book I can completely see myself reading with my future kids or even my nieces and nephews.

If you haven't read any of Gene's writing you should definitely check it out, especially if your in the mood to read something that will bring you back to the simpler times in life. This book was a quick read, but definitly what I needed to get myself through a slow, boring day at work.

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