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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wonderfully Funny and exciting novel for 3rd through 5th graders!

Funke, Cornelia (2007) Igraine the Brave New York:  Chicken House.

Igraine's parents are famous magicians.  Her brother is studying magic.  Everyone expects Igraine to be a sorcerer too, but Igraine dreams of being a knight.  When her parents accidentally turn themselves into pigs and the kingdom is threatened by an evil magician and his evil knight, Igraine rides forth -- into trouble, trickery and triumph.  She finds some new friends on the way as well.

If you have been looking for a good read-aloud book for third or fourth grade, this is it.  Funke (best known for the excellent Inkspell series) gives us a fun book that doesn't talk down to kids and yet is completely accessible.  It is true that it starts off a little bit slow.  But it picks up speed quickly and soon feels delightfully out of control.  I highly recommend it.

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