Tag: mythology

Shake Up Your Required Reading List with These Reimagined Classics

Shake Up Your Required Reading List with These Reimagined Classics

It’s October and we’re settling into the school year, so it’s the perfect time to shake up required reading lists. I love the classics, but I’ve also got some reimaginings of these favorites to jump-start your Socratic seminar. These take you beyond John Gardner’s Grendel and Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea—which are already required reading anyway, right? […]

Reviews of the Week: Sara Zarr, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Mull, and More!

Reviews of the Week: Sara Zarr, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Mull, and More!

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and/or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from December 12 through 16 below, so that you can revisit the week’s best books.     Monday, December 12 Dad and the Dinosaur, by Gennifer Choldenko Newbery Honor Book author Choldenko […]

Nonfiction Monday! Where Myth Meets Science

Nonfiction Monday! Where Myth Meets Science

Lynn: As an educator, a parent, and a grandparent, one of my goals has been to fan the flames of curiosity in kids. It’s a critical trait and one that often seems to get squashed somewhere along the K-12 march. I love books that encourage kids to ask questions. Marc Aronson’s books always seem to […]

Battling Boy by Paul Pope

Battling Boy by Paul Pope

Lynn:  Super-star  graphic artist and writer, Paul Pope gave himself a challenge:  write a super hero book that kids would love without oceans of spraying blood.  Battling Boy (Roaring Brook/First Second Oct. 2013) is the result and it is terrific!  I flat-out begged for a copy at ALA and fell upon it immediately when the […]

Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas

Young Zeus by G. Brian Karas

Lynn: Who knew! Zeus, ruler of heaven and earth, started out as a lonely kid just wanting someone to play with! Well – that is G. Brian Karas’ take on it anyway in his exuberant romp, Young Zeus (Scholastic 2010). Karas starts his version with a cast of characters and pronunciation guide that will be […]

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

Cindy: Last year Gaiman gave us a boy named Bod. This year, “there was a boy called Odd, and there was nothing strange or unusual about that, not in that time or place.” Odd meant the tip of the blade and it was a lucky name.” But like most folktale heroes, Odd is not lucky, […]