Monthly Archives: September 2014

Review of “Tuesday at the Castle”

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By Jessica Day George
Published by Bloomsbury
256 pages

Castle Glower is a magical castle, every Tuesday the castle adds moves or takes away a room all by its self. Cecile is a princess of Castle Glower. One day, her parents, the queen and king, go out to visit Cecile’s oldest brother and don’t come back. When the castle sends out the troops to find the king and queen and return empty handed, they are assumed to be dead. Cecile’s other brother Rolf is now to be the next king. They invite the other kingdoms for the king and queen’s funeral and Cecile’s brother’s coronation, but one of the kingdoms does not want Cecile’s brother to become king, and trouble soon begins.  Will Cecile’s brother become king or not?

I like the royal castle setting in this book; it makes the story fun and interesting, especially with all of the servants running around and popping up in different places. My favorite part is when Rufus, a stuffed toy griffin, comes alive and saves Cecile. The way the castle always changes makes it exciting whenever Cecile explores a new room because you never know what is inside.

I think kids 8-10 will enjoy this book.


Review of “The Familiars”

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By Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson
Published By HarperCollinsPublishers
384 pages 

Aldwyn, an ally cat, runs into a pet store when being chased by hired mercenary. He soon realizes it’s a store for magical pets, or Familiars as they are called, which are wizard companions. Soon after, Jack, a young wizard, comes in to the store, buys Aldwyn and takes him back to the cottage where lives. There Aldwyn meets two real familiars, Skylar a blue jay, and Gilbert a tree frog. Gilbert and Skylar both think that Aldwyn is a familiar, but Aldwyn secretly knows he isn’t. When the queen takes Jack and his friends hostage, it’s time for Aldwyn and his friends to save them. Will Aldwyn friends realize he’s not a familiar? Or, is there about Aldwyn that even Aldwyn doesn’t know?

I like this book because Aldwyn is brave enough to go on dangerous magical adventure, even though he’s sure he’s not magical. From all of the characters, I especially like Gilbert because he says funny things like “you can call me Gill or Bert but Gilbert is just fine also.” In addition, I like how the main characters are animals and the heroes of the story, rather than the humans. Animals do things in their own way, not the way humans do. This is different from most of the books I’ve read so far. It was an interesting way for the authors to write the story. I think they did a good job because no one knows what really goes on in an animal’s brain.

The book is the first in a four-book series. Kids (including boys!) who are about 8-10 will enjoy this book.