Monday, 24 November 2008

Book Sharing

Ok...might as well called it Book Sharing Monday!
I have two to share tonight. One is holiday related, the other is not.

First up is Cornelia Funke's "When Santa Fell to Earth". I picked this one from the library because Dragon and I have been reading Dragon Rider. It is taking us forever, but we still like it a lot. We also had listened to Inkheart last year on our way to Florida. We just started this book and so far we like it...Visit Cornelia Funke's website for more on this Christmas book.

Here is a part that Dragon enjoyed in particular:

""Booger-burps and reindeer poo! What kind of a mess is this?" cried the largest of them. "What happened?"
"We've fallen from the sky again," said Niklas, wearily, and bent to look under his bed, but the map wasn't there, either. "

The second book, "The Spider and the Fly" is based on a 1829 poem from Mary Howitt, and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi (you might recognize the name from the Spiderwick Chronicles). The poem is delightful and the black and white illustrations are just fabulous and so dramatic.

Here is a short sample of the poem:

"Sweet creature!" said the Spider. "you're witty and you're wise. How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes! I have a little looking-glass upon my parlor shelf, If you'd step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself."

If you visit Tony DiTerlizzi site, you will find a download for making holiday ornaments based on the characters of the story!

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