Friday, March 9, 2012

favorite book friday

I must admit that it can be challenging for me to find modern novels that I want to read to my children.  Most of the books we read around here are classics.  I appreciate books that are well written, subtle, and sweet with some adventure thrown in for good measure.  Sadly, this isn't the formula for most chapter books written today.  When I find one that reads like a classic, I tell everyone in shouting distance that they must buy this book!  Enter Tumtum and Nutmeg: Adventures Beyond Nutmouse Hall  by Emily Bearn (check out her website while you're at it- she's just as lovely as her books).

This book is so charming and endearing!  The characters are noble and sweet.  And they are mice that wear tiny jackets and aprons!  The stories have gentle adventures in them that are just the right kind of intensity.  And they are funny!  There are several times that we have to take a break because we are all laughing so hard!

I highly recommend this book.  I went ahead and bought the second book as well.  Let's just say that I have a good feeling about it!


What about you, friend?  Do you prefer classic children's books to the modern?  Do you have any good, modern novels to recommend?


Cheryl said...

We are loving The Moffats series right now by Eleanor Estes. We are on the second book and so love it. It's so sweet and she really thinks and has concerns like a child. I can remember thinking similar things as Janey Moffat. They aren't super girly though. The boys loooove them as much as I do! I highly recommend!
Thanks for your recommendation as well! Will add to my ever growing wish list!

amanda {the habit of being} said...

we've read all of the tumtum + nutmeg books we could get our hands on and they are lovely. have you tried the betsy tacey series? not sure how old moonpie is but it's one to keep in mind.

Kimberlee Conway Ireton said...

My kids loved Tumtum and Nutmeg! I was so excited to discover them.

I tend to prefer classic kids books, but new books that read like old ones are also fun (think The Penderwicks).

I will definitely be back for more of your favorite book Friday posts! I love kids' books and am always looking for good recommendations.