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This was mine:http://www.amazon.com/Great-Brain-Book/dp/0142400580/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1340213167&sr=1-1&keywords=great+brain+box+set(I clicked on the Althouse link, so I presume this link goes through the Althouse portal)Loved it as a kid, delighted that my kids like it. On long car trips, we read it aloud (along with other books).It's been fun picking up some of the books my oldest reads. There are some pretty good books out there for kids.Funny, WV is the same as last time.
I was going to say "Lone Ranger" comic books, but, if we're talking books, I was pretty much non-fiction.PS Same here on WV, in fact, the last 10 times or so.fficeyo some, right?(and there it is again)
They have books for kids under two. Are they edible?
Not edible really, but they are digestible.
NY Times review of "Middle School: Get Me Out of Here":It's filled with energetic cartoons... that will appeal to your little rebel, depicting teachers as dungeon-keepers, matadors and flying dragons.All profitable kids’ books are written for 'little rebels.' They all depict the authority figures as dumb, ugly and mean. They all make money. They all lack a soul.Hard to find books for boys who just want to be boys, not necessarily a "rebel" at age 8. My son is quite mischievous but, sadly, doesn’t hate school or his teachers or his parents, and seems to accept that he hasn’t figured everything out yet. It’s hard to find books for a boy like that. I often give in and let him read snark, with the typical “at least he’s reading” excuse. Not too proud of that.
Tried the "Dangerous Book for Boys"?
"(I clicked on the Althouse link, so I presume this link goes through the Althouse portal)"If you don't see "althouse" in the link, then going in from that link, from here won't be credited to me.But if you entered through a link that includes "althouse," such as the ones in the original post or the link that's always up in the banner of the blog, then when you move on to other pages, even if they don't have "althouse," it will be credited (as long as you complete the purchase before leaving).And, again, Amazon is giving me about 8% of the purchase price, so it's a very effective way to show appreciation for this blog (without spending any extra money).
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edutcher said, No, but I've read about it when my son was younger. I should check it out. ThanksForm what I've read about it, it seems to be the exception that proves the rule.
My favorites from childhood:The Last of the Really Great WhangdoodlesThe Phantom TollboothI'd add William Steig's Dominic, and Richard Parker's M For Mischief, not to be confused with the several other books with the same or nearly identical titles. The one I mean seems to be out of print.wv: fficeyo some. Nah, fficeyo never.
I clicked on the link in your post, then used Amazon's search to find The Great Brain series, found it, cut and pasted for the link. Wonder why it didn't work.
CJinPA,All profitable kids’ books are written for 'little rebels.' They all depict the authority figures as dumb, ugly and mean. They all make money. They all lack a soul.That's not so. The four I mentioned in my own comment don't do that. The Harry Potter books don't. (Ok, Snape, and later on Fudge and Umbridge and the like, but there's never a sense that authority as such is "dumb, ugly, and mean."). The Narnia books don't. The Hobbit doesn't. Madeleine L'Engle's books don't. Susan Coopers "The Dark is Rising" books don't. You see the common element here? Everything in the above paragraph is a work of fantasy. You can make your own villains when writing fantasy. But if you're writing real-world fiction for kids, what have you got to work with, villain-wise? Other kids, bullies? (Can be done, but hard to make a book-length plot from.) Rival gangs? (Sigh. Been there, read that, too often in grade school.) International spies and kidnappers? (Again, can be done, but only so many times.) So what's left? Nasty principals and nasty teachers and nasty school nurses is what.
Also saw "From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" in the list. Great read. The middle kid really liked that.
I loved the Secret Garden as a kid (in fact, I reread last year). The Narnia books too, in particular A Horse and His Boy.There was also a series I used to read at the library where a modern child would find themselves in a historical situation...but I can't figure out what they were called.
So what's left? Nasty principals and nasty teachers and nasty school nurses is what.Michelle Dulak Thomson, you are obviously correct. Not all profitable children's book follow the same template, and I did overlooked the fantasy genre because it never appealed to me as a boy and I am not familiar with it.I don't think the authority-figures-as-villains is merely the result of lack of options. The review noted that it will "appeal to your little rebel" for a reason. I think it speaks more to the pop-intellectual view of children, whose greatest danger is conforming to authority. Somehow, I managed to read books as a boy that weren't fantasy and didn't mock the lunch room lady. But a lot of them involved a trusty dog. There is probably a fertile zone between full-blown fantasy and real-world fiction.
There was also a series I used to read at the library where a modern child would find themselves in a historical situation...but I can't figure out what they were called.The Treehouse books would send kids back in time. Maybe those? My kids liked them.
My favorites were A Wrinkle in Time, The Phantom Tollbooth, and The Cay.
I remember my freshman year of high school I had "Catch 22" confiscated by my home room teacher four times. It was supposed to be "too adult" for young people. I dumpster dived all kinds of reading material from the dumpster behind the Balantine Books warehouse so I had a pretty good supply of books.I eventually taped the cover from my brothers copy of "Amateur Rocket Builders Handbook" and she left me alone.
The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. Had I read that as a teen, I would have understood a lot more about women, and life in general.
Oh, we're talking about high school too. In that case, 1984 was my favorite by a wide margin.
"The Treehouse books would send kids back in time. Maybe those? My kids liked them. "Doing some checking on amazon, are you talking about the magic treehouse stuff? They were published it looks like in 1992 and later. I was reading these books in the 80's.
Freeman, I was assuming kid books, as in elementary school. I think in middle school I was reading John Grisham and Michael Crichton, among other things, and in high school I went through mostly classics (1984, yes, although I was more interested in Jane Austen, etc...I really liked Dostoyevsky too)
Shanna, I don't remember what I liked in middle school. Probably something awful.
Oh wait, I forgot. During my senior year of high school, I was on a Vonnegut kick and read all his books. I don't know that I recommend that though.
Over the weekend, I reread a couple of the Paddington books.
@Freeman Hunt, I loved The Cay.
"I clicked on the link in your post, then used Amazon's search to find The Great Brain series, found it, cut and pasted for the link. Wonder why it didn't work."It's designed not to work like that. Here's how you could get a good link. Go to the search box in the side bar and search for it. Then you'll get a URL that has "althouse" in it. But if you do another search after you're there, it won't produce a URL with "althouse" in it. Nevertheless, if you were to buy an item and complete the purchase before leaving, it would be credited to me.So, in a discussion thread like this, probably the easiest thing to do is name the thing you'd like to tell people to search for, and then they could go in through my link and search. That would work.The other way is to use the search box in the sidebar and get an althouse URL. Thanks for trying! And thanks to all who contribute to my blogging this way.
I loved the All-of-a-Kind Family too. And Roller Skates, and Eleanor Estes books and of course, Edward Eager and Mama's Bank Account. My grandmother had all of Louisa May Alcott's books including Jo's Boys, Rose in Bloom, with all those families with their relatives and friends. Of course, all of Anne of Green Gables and Betsy Tacy. I was mostly a historical fiction reader from 3rd or 4th through 6th grade. It's rare to find a person who liked historical fiction as a child. Mostly its fantasy or school stories.
Thinking of historical fiction, you can download the complete works of G. A. Henty for free (or near it) as one file for Kindle.
Thanks Freeman,I love Henty. There is a certain group of boys who really like Henty's books.
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