September 2, 2012
Sunday, September 02, 2012 | Posted by Billy B.
Okay, well I have to start out by saying I grew up in the 80s. So, I have a lot of favorites that kids today have no idea about. You know what I mean. Well, in a backlash to the terrible kids fiction series of today (no names mentioned *cough* Twilight *cough*) I give you my favorite book series as a child. I leaned towards the scary, the adventures, and the creative, as you can see. If your child wants to read a really great book, then why not start them out with one of these three?
1. Aliens Ate My Homework by Bruce Coville – When tiny aliens land in your room and start eating your homework, what do you do? Join them of course! This book series by well-known author Bruce Coville had me alternating between hysterical laughter and thoughtful repose. More than just a sci-fi fluff piece, this series delves into what it means to be alien, father-son relationships, and what true friendship is. Whether defeating alien bullies at school or traveling the universe with a four-legged karate master, Rod Albright learns a lot about how things work.
2. Bunnicula by James Howe – What do kids love more than talking animals? Talking vampire animals! Well, actually Bunnicula never talks, but the narrator of this story is none other than a dog, patiently protecting his family’s newest addition (a vegetableexsanguinating bunny) from the claws of the paranoid cat. Their adventures in proving the rabbit to be a nefarious killer will have kids snorting in laughter, especially when the cat tries to stake the rabbit with a sirloin…
3. The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks by Nancy McArthur – When two brothers, one messy and one neat, have to share a bedroom you know things will not be peaceful. Add to that mysterious seeds that they both plant and grow like crazy and you have a recipe for disaster. But what is that slurping sound during the night? And why do their socks keep disappearing? The kids will just have to read to find out! Whether you have a kid that enjoys humor, adventure, or science fiction, they will find one of these book series to their taste. Pick them up from your local library and see what the kids think of them. You might, like me, end up buying them all. In fact, I still have them on my bookshelf today.
Heather Smith is an ex-nanny. Passionate about thought leadership and writing, Heather regularly contributes to various career, social media, public relations, branding, and parenting blogs/websites. She also provides value to www.nanny.net/ service by giving advice on site design as well as the features and functionality to provide more and more value to nannies and families across the U.S. and Canada. She can be available at H.smith7295 [at] gmail.com.
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