Go on an adventure with these books – Reading Eagle

Humans are hard-wired to listen to stories; we always have been. When it comes to reading, however, that’s a little trickier.
There will always be some children who aren’t fans of reading. Some kids might struggle with reading for various reasons and therefore do not find it pleasurable. Other children who don’t like to read may not have been exposed yet to a really good book, but when they are, their attitude changes.
There’s a world of adventures waiting for those who read or are read to. The books reviewed today and those recommended by your local librarian tick many boxes of interest and may turn the tide for the reluctant reader in your life. It’s certainly worth a try.
The following book is available at many public libraries.
“The Treasure of Barracuda” by Llanos Campos, illustrated by Julia Sardà, translated into English by Lawrence Schimel, Little Pickle Stories, 148 pages
Read aloud: age 8 – 12.
Read yourself: age 10 – 12.
Eleven-year-old Sparks was part of the crew aboard Southern Cross, a pirate ship led by Capt. Barracuda. Barracuda, a merciless and fearsome pirate, was intent on finding the treasure of the infamous, deceased pirate Phineas Krane. After years of searching, they finally reached the tiny island of Kopra where the treasure was supposedly buried and began digging at the precise spot.
To their delight, they soon reached an enormous black chest. To their horror, the chest contained one item: a book. To discover the real treasure of Phineas Krane, they would first have to learn to read to understand where the book would take them.
“The Treasure of Barracuda” is brilliant in every way, boasting a wild cast of colorful characters that seamlessly blend in this suspenseful, hilarious, action-packed adventure novel that is a solid nod to the magic that happens when you read.
Library: Reading Public Library, Northeast Branch, 1348 N/ 11th St., Reading
Executive library director: Bronwen Gamble
Branch supervisor: Betty O’Neil
Choices this week: “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket; “Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli” by Barbara Jean Hicks; “Rattletrap Car” by Phyllis Root
The following books are available at favorite bookstores.
“Hope at Sea: An Adventure Story” written and illustrated by Daniel Miyares, Anne Schwartz Books, 2021, 44 pages, $17.99 hardcover
Read aloud: age 4 – 8.
Read yourself: age 7 – 8.
Hope has spent her young life listening to her father’s stories of his voyages at sea as the ship’s carpenter. Rather than listen to her father’s stories she wants to be part of those stories. And so, she decides to be a stowaway on his next voyage.
She scampers unnoticed up the gangway and hides in a covered lifeboat. The ship weighs anchor, sails are unfurled, and the ship quickly picks up speed. Not long thereafter, Hope’s father discovers her, and rather than being angry, he’s delighted to share his experiences with her. After many weeks gathering cargo, they set sail for home, but as they near their port, an enormous storm bears down on the ship, tossing it like a toy. Will they make it?
On sale Tuesday, “Hope at Sea: An Adventure Story” is wonderfully exciting, lavishly illustrated, and a testimony of the love between a father and child.
“I Don’t Want to Read This Book” by Max Greenfield, illustrated by Mike Lowery, Putnam, 40 pages, $17.99 hardcover
Read aloud: age 4 – 8.
Read yourself: age 6 – 8.
The narrator of this very funny book makes it abundantly clear that reading this or any other book is something the narrator does not want to do. Consider some of the reasons. Books have words, and usually a lot of them. Some of those words are ridiculous, such as the word doubt (spelled with a b, which is silent; why?).
And some words are simply too big and have the opposite meaning compared to how long the word is, like infinitesimal, which means small. It is an exhausting, miserable experience, and yet, the narrator, with great surprise, actually reads the whole book, start to finish!
Hilarious illustrations provide the ideal complement for this delightful book. Perfect for reluctant and avid readers alike, “I Don’t Want to Read This Book” will have kids cracking up on every page.
Nationally syndicated, Kendal Rautzhan writes and lectures on children’s literature. She can be reached at [email protected]
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