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?