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The Goblin Baby

Goblin Baby cover

Title:   The Goblin Baby
Author:   Berlie Doherty
Series:   Stepping Stone Book
Recommended for:   kids who like fantasy, kids who are required to read fantasy for school, seems best for grades 3-5 – younger as a read-aloud
Pages:   120 pages
Call Number/Link:   J DOH

Rating:   ***

 

 

 

Synopsis:

After nine-year-old Tam’s baby sister is stolen away by faeries and replaced by a goblin baby, he must journey to the land of the faeries to retrieve her and bring her back home.

Comments:

It can be a challenge to find a fantasy book that is 100-150 pages long and will have appeal for kids who “don’t like fantasy.”  The Goblin Baby meets those criteria.  The story follows a traditional fairy/folk tale plot line.  The faeries come to a house with a young baby and snatch the baby, leaving a changeling (or goblin baby) in its place.  The baby’s older brother goes on a quest to get the baby from the faerie queen and king.  He needs to obey challenging rules to be able to get back home, and the faeries try to tempt him to break those rules.  The brother’s bravery, self-control and good heart ultimately save the day – and get his baby sister back.

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on January 2, 2016 in Adventure, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Juv

 

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Zita The Space Girl

Zita The Space Girl
Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

 

Title: Zita The Spacegirl
Author: Ben Hatke
Series: Zita the Spacegirl
Recommended for: 2nd-7th Grade
Pages: 192
Call Number/Link:  GN J HAT
Series List:

Zita The Spacegirl

Legends of Zita the Spacegirl

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl

Synopsis: When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero

Review: Zita The Spacegirl is a cute and innocuous tale from Ben Hatke about a young girl mysteriously transported to a new world.  Much in the same vein as Dorothy in Oz or Alice in Wonderland, our heroine receives a call to adventure to a magic land; though in this case it is an alien planet rather than a magic world.  Further complications to her tale are a time pressure, as the world she has landed on is due to be destroyed in three days; and she also has to rescue her friend.  Through her journey she meets additional characters including a classic Mysterious Shady Rogue, a Headstrong Robot and a Scared Robot.  The book invokes many of the classic Quest Tropes, but in this case the lighthearted art style and sheer earnestness of our Plucky Girl Adventurer make the book work.  Zita is not a classic, but it is a great read. I would recommend it for either boys or girls, grades two through seven.

 

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