Rescuing the World from the Robotic Cookie Monster!

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“If we don’t stop him soon, Harry thought, there won’t be a single cookie left in the whole city – and it will be all my fault!”

“Horsie swooped down right in front of CookieBot. then he dropped the bait: an enormous rainbow sugar cookie.”

CookieBot! A Harry and Horsie Adventure, written by Katie Van Camp and illustrated by Lincoln Agnew

The Viking War Cry

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‘One… two… three…’ Four hundred Viking voices screamed as one: ‘GO AWAY!’ and added for good measure the Viking War Cry. The Viking War Cry was designed to chill the blood of Viking enemies at the commencement of battle. It is a horrifying, electrifying shriek that begins by mimicking the furious yell of a swooping predator, which then turns into the victim’s scream of pure terror, and ends with a horribly realistic imitation of the death-gurgles as he chokes on his own blood. It is a scary noise at the best of times, but shouted altogether by four hundred barbarians at eight o’clock in the morning it was enough to make the mighty Thor himself drop his hammer and blub like a little baby.

How To Train Your Dragon (Book 1) by Cressida Cowell

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Pre-Television Kids Lit

This book was published in 1928. The length of the story, the style of the artwork and the plot make an interesting contrast to children’s books published more recently.I found myself wondering how pre-television children reacted to the stories they were told. The portrayal of cats and feline behavior is also interesting. Well worth a look.

I’ve seen hundreds of cats, thousands of cats, millions and billions and trillions of cats – and not one was as pretty as this one.

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

Health vs Pride

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“How are you feeling?” Xie asked.

“Ridiculous,” Long replied.

“I am asking about your health since you arrived five days ago,” Xie said. “Not your pride at this moment.”

The Five Ancestors Book 7: Dragon by Jeff Stone

The Little Things

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“Would you mind if I took this off?” she asked. Boy 412 shook his head. That’s what mothers were for. To fiddle about with your hat.

Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk by Angie Sage

 

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Happy Elves, Happy Shoemakers

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Happy International Workers Day and Labor Day!

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When they were dressed, they leaped and bounced around the room, singing, “Now we’re elves so fine to see, no longer cobblers we will be.” They jumped over chairs, raced around the shop and finally ran out the door. The click and clack of their new shoes echoed through the streets.

 

From that time on, the little elves were not seen again. But the shoemaker and his wife lived a long and happy life.

The Elves and the Shoemaker, a retelling of a story written by the Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Jim LaMarche

 

Questions Are A Luxury

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Grimble sighed. He was going to miss these two. He might miss their questions most of all. It felt so luxurious to be able to ask and answer questions. He had once thought the sweetest taste in the world was that of a freshly killed vole, but now he knew differently. The sweetest thing was a question on the tongue.

 

 

The Guardians of Ga’Hoole, Book One: The Capture, by Kathryn N Lasky

Heroic vs Brave

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Although this is the part of the story that the bards tend to focus on as the bit where Hiccup was particularly Heroic, I do not agree. It is a lot easier to be brave when you know you have no alternative. Hiccup knew in his heart of hearts that the Monster intended to kill them all anyway. So he didn’t have a lot to lose.

How To Train Your Dragon (Book 1) by Cressida Cowell

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Cardboard Space Ship Away!

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Niko is the captain of his very own spaceship. He built it all by himself.

Space Boy and His Dog written by Dian Curtis Regan and illustrated by Robert Neubecker

The Supreme Rule of Three

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The sun was high the next day when Long emerged from his camel-hair wrap. He checked the arrow shaft in his side and found that the area was incredibly sore but scabbing over. He was thirsty and began to seriously consider heading back to the outpost. After all, trying to cross a section of desert in two or three days without water could easily mean death. There were also the horse’s water needs to consider. He thought of the Supreme Rule of Three. A person can survive three weeks without food, three days without water, and three minutes without air. The question was, how far did he want to push his luck?

The Five Ancestors Book 7: Dragon by Jeff Stone