Check It Out: Fortunately, the Milk

Book cover for Fortunately, the Milk by Neil GaimanI love Neil Gaiman’s books, and his new one, “Fortunately, the Milk,” is no exception. What I love the most about this story is that it’s about a dad, a really great dad, as told by his son. Orphans and absent parents abound in children’s literature, but silly books about amazing parents are rare. It seems like even fewer books are about dads.

This story features a father’s quest to bring milk home for his little children’s breakfast cereal. Kids will love this crazy tale. There are pirates, aliens, volcanoes and tinkering with the space-time continuum, all complemented by Skottie Young’s super expressive and crazy line drawings. After I read this story, I went into the kitchen and said to my husband, “Guess what! This book could be about you!” Then I read it to him while he made dinner. (He’s also a really great dad.)

No Damsels in Distress

I realize there are lots of kids out there that love a feather boa, tiara and a sensible pair of heels. I understand that tons of boys and girls enjoy a fairy tale with a prince rescuing a princess and living happily ever after.

But on behalf of all the independent girls who hate pink, I object. I don’t need to be rescued, thankyouverymuch, and I don’t want to make young girls think they need to sit around waiting for a prince or a party or permission to be creative.

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses” by Ian Falconer was my whole inspiration for this article! In this latest book in the Olivia series, there are too many ruffly, sparkly princesses around, and Olivia has had quite enough. She needs to stand out! I loved Olivia’s smart and unconventional ideas of what she could grow up to be. Continue reading

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Turns 15!

As I was browsing through Chase’s Calendar of Events 2012, I noticed that today marks the 15th anniversary for the first publication of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” better known to Americans as “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”  The first hardcover printing, done in the UK, only produced 500 copies. (Unlike Divination professor Sybill Trelawney, the publisher did not have a crystal ball to predict this book’s wild success!) The book was an instant hit, and readers worldwide became obsessed with the bespectacled young wizard, following his adventures throughout the seven-book series. Continue reading

Books for Adventure Lovers

If you love a good adventure like “The Lightning Thief” and are looking for your next read, you’ve come to the right place!  We have several classic series and new discoveries for you to try out.

For those seeking a series to start, The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper is a classic series that starts with “Over Sea, Under Stone.” Three siblings find an ancient manuscript that sends them on a dangerous quest and involves them in the battle between the forces of Light and Dark.

Another classic survival adventure begins with “My Side of the Mountain.” Continue reading