Dominic

The old hardback copy of Dominic that I brought into the house was met with unease.  It looked like one of those classics that you had to read in high school, that you knew would be awful.

But we decided to take a chance on the mustardy yellow color covered book and we found a heroic tale of a dog with a superb blend of action and deep meaning.

Dominic

Dominic is an on the go sort of dog. He sets off with his piccalo to see what lies down the road.  His keen sense of smell leads him to find friendships on his adventures and right into the clutches of the Doomsday gang.  The Doomsday gang is a group of villians who attack the innocent animals of the countryside. Being a kind and courageous dog, Dominic must find a way to defeat these ruffians.

The exceptional descriptive vocabulary in this book make it a wonderful read aloud.  The reading level in my opinion would have to be 7th grade or higher. The beauty of the wording may get overlooked and skipped over if a child had to sound out many of the words.
That is why reading aloud is an easy way to learn new words. The challenging words are heard in context and are made to come alive in the mind.

The illustrations in Dominic are simple stick and line sketches.  I found them charming, but my children seem to have a more refined opinion of what an illustration should be. But by the end of the book they were asking to see the pictures as well. Simplicity can grow on you.

Drawing

To wrap it all up in a bandana ( story reference ) Dominic is a fabulous boy read or read aloud for mulit-ages, I lean towards 8 and up.  Boys will enjoy the sword fighting and heroic deeds of this loveable dog. 
Moms will appreciate the outstanding vocabulary and life lessons taught in the story.

I dog eared several pages but this is a tidbit I am still mulling over- "Fighting the bad ones in the world was a necessary and gratifying experience. Being happy among the good ones was, of course, even more gratifying. But one could not be happy among the good ones unless one fought the bad ones."

 

 

 

 

 

You Choose History Series

Have you ever read a choose your own adventure book? The kind where at the end of a chapter you had to decide- do you go into the haunted mansion or run away scared?

That same plot line has been given a new and educational twist- in the You Choose: History book series!

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Teaching history to kids sometimes gets the groan of shame because some books are way too text-booky and filled with boring information. Or the book has one obscure fact lost in pages of make believe.

Not the case with these history story books set in different time periods. 

Lets say you choose The Revolutionary War  book. 

The book begins with a short introduction and informative chapter on the history of that time period.  At the end of the chapter, you must choose which side to be on in the American Revolution. 
That choice sends you to a certain page and you will see the outcome of that decision for your character. 

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What a fun way to learn about history!

In this book  ( The Revolutionary War ) there are 3 different story paths to choose from, 65 choices the reader can make and 16 different endings!

Frontcover

My kids and I have enjoyed reading as many of these You Choose: History books as we can put our hands on!
I would say the reading level is around 4th-6th grade.
The authors strive to be historically accurate throughout the books and there are numerous historical photos and other illustrations.   

The ability to choose how the story ends, could be an incentive for a reluctant reader. Or these books may interest a child in a historical period by placing them inside the story.

Small print moment…..for the sensitive child or the mamma that likes to know these kind of things…….there are paths in the book where the character will die or every member of the family will perish except that character.  Use your discretion on what is appropriate for your family and child.

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 A very enjoyable series!  Below are links to our favorite You Choose History books so far!

The Titanic: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: History)

The Civil War: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: History)

Westward Expansion (You Choose: History)

The California Gold Rush: An Interactive History Adventure (You Choose: History)

 

   ****Companion Book Series **

For the young reader craving more adventure and a little less history the Can You Survive series will be just the thing!


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These books follow the same format as the history based ones. 
The first chapter sets the stage with facts and information.  At the end, the reader must choose which path to take.  Their survival will be determined by the decisions they make.

Maybe it was the idea of impending doom or the thrill of adventure but my son read by flashlight to finish these interactive stories!

The reading level is roughly 4th-6th grade.  The books have great photographs and illustrations. This book series is a winner in our house!

The small print—-use your discretion on what your child can handle emotionally.  There are paths where the character does not survive or those around the character do not survive. You know best when it comes to what your child should read.

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

A Minecraft Gamer’s Adventure Series

Minecraft.  You may have heard of this block building phenomenon. 

My kids love to play minecraft. On the computer, ipad, phone, on any device, really.

I would much rather my kids read than play video games. So imagine my joy when my son tells me there was a fictional Minecraft series he wanted to read!

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From a mom stand point, the books have a so-so plot line.  My gamer son thought they rocked!

However, I was pleased with the vocabulary in the stories.  For example instead of using the simple word “inside” the author used “interior”.

There are four stories in this series by Winter Morgan.

 The Quest for the Diamond Sword: An Unofficial Gamer’s Adventure,Book One

The Mystery of the Griefer’s Mark: An Unofficial Gamer’s Adventure, Book Two

The Endermen Invasion: An Unofficial Gamer’s Adventure, Book Three

Treasure Hunters in Trouble: An Unofficial Gamer’s Adventure, Book Four

The suggested age range on the back cover is 7-12.  Unless the seven year old is an amazing reader-these books may be a little challenging to read alone.
These titles were just right for my 9 year old, with chapter length, wording, and plot.

Minecrafters will enjoy following Steve and his treasure hunting friends on their adventures.   Moms will enjoy that the kids not gaming but are happily reading.