Sunday, August 19, 2012

Book: The Buddy Files: The Case of the School Ghost

The Buddy Files: The Case of the School Ghost (Book 6). By Dori Hillestad Butler. Albert Whitman & Company, 2012.

Buddy the Therapy Dog is on another case. The Cat with No Name alerts him that the ghost of the school does not want Buddy, or any of the kids attending the sleepover, to come down to the basement. Agatha the Ghost doesn't like it when children or animals hang out in what is considered to be her basement. Buddy wonders why Connor, his owner, Michael and Jillian got suspicious boxes with flashlights inside right before the fourth grade sleepover. With a storm thundering around them, Buddy and the kids try and communicate with Agatha... but do they find a real ghost, or something else?!

This book is amusing because it is told from Buddy's perspective and is full of moments showing the world the way a dog might view it. In addition to an easy to follow mystery, there are snippets of lessons and advice about the world, such as how making lists helps one to keep track of things, or about telling the truth. Butler really does a good job with slowly building up the excitement about what the mystery really is as Buddy finds more clues in each chapter.

Book: Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire

Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire. By Francesca Simon. Illustrated by Tony Ross. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2012. 112 pages.

Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire brings back everyone's favorite character. In the first story of this entertaining chapter book, Henry decides to write a story of his own when his brother Perfect Peter's continues to be full of floofy-fairy-fun; Henry could only bear so much sugary-goodness! When his teacher, Miss Battle-Axe, decides decides to have her students write a story Henry thinks hard about what he'd like to write about; unfortunately for him, he clearly remembers his teacher's displeasure at reading about cannibals and Troll Werewolf Mummies... and since Henry wants to get this story writing over with, he quickly borrows Peter's fairy story and jots it down. Boy is Henry surprised when Miss Battle-Axe loves the story and asks him to read it to the kindergarteners... but wait, isn't that Peter's class? What is Henry going to do - will he read the copied story, or will he create a horrid story on the fly!?
This book has three more Horrid Henry stories that are accompanied by funny illustrations, drawn by Tony Ross, all showing the terribly horrid and yet amusing situations that Henry gets into. Francesca Simon has created a series that both boys and girls will enjoy reading... and laughing about. Some of the situations are very silly and Henry has a very vivid imagination and some very amusing things to say.

One thing to note is that in these stories, the character doesn't actually learn any sort of lesson, he is just the cause of many shenanigans.

Enjoy Horrid Henry's Official Website - be sure to explore Horrid Henry's World, to