Posts In: Children's literature

The Thief Lord

Every child dreams to grow up quickly, because the world of adults seems to them a world in which you can be independent and do whatever you want. But we, those who have already grown up, realize that adult life is not so easy and great. And in the end, adults want to become children again, in order to play with toys and to sleep a lot. In what case people want to be who they are? In my opinion, almost never. All of us in dreams want to become someone else. Do you know what’s interesting? For some reason this book is positioned as the story of the boy Scipio, The Thief Lord. But in fact it’s also the story of Prosper and Bo, Mosca, Riccio, Victor, Ida… This is a story about how difficult it is to be children and how difficult it is to be adults. Probably, it’s always difficult to be a human, regardless of age, gender and nationality. That’s why we want to become someone else, in the hope that everything can change and life will become easier. But it is empty hopes. Life will always be difficult, but there is always a place for happiness. Prosper and Bo are...

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Ghost Knight

If someone wants to write a fascinating book for teenagers, he should write it exactly in that way as Cornelia Funke does.

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Dragon Rider

Only in fairy tales for young children all dragons are ferocious and terrible, and eat princesses for breakfast. But the truth is, the dragons are noble, brave and eat only moonlight. Ten-year-old Ben saw this personally, because his friend was a silver dragon named Firedrake. Dragon Rider is a magical story about how the dragon Firedrake, boy Ben and the Brownie Sorrel go in search of the homeland of all the dragons. On their way, they not only managed to make new friends, but also had to fight with a dangerous enemy. The reader can learn a lot of new and interesting things: that dragons, as it turns out, eat exclusively moonlight, and it also serves as fuel for flights, that brownies care for dragons better than all fairy-tale creatures; that homunculus are living creatures, not created by nature, but by humans, and much more. In general, it is a good sign, when the plot of the children’s book is interesting not only for the target audience, but also for adults. The book is easy to read and the narrative contains humor. However, after reading, the most pleasant impressions remained. Still, I really love fairy tales (especially fairy tales about dragons), and Dragon Rider is written easily and with humor. In addition, it features interesting...

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Timm Thaler

March 24, 2017 Children's literature, Novel

In childhood this book seemed a kind adventure fairy tale to me. But with good books it’s always like this: each time you will you re-read this book, you find new meanings. But now I find the work of the German writer James Krüss deep and sad. It is a wonderful, in some sense, instructive story. The protagonist is the boy Tim Thaler, who sold his laughter. However, together with his sonorous and contagious laughter, he lost something more. He lost not only the ability to smile and joke, but also lost his inner freedom and carelessness. In return, he got the ability to win in any, even in the most impossible, ridiculous bet. However, as it turned out, money, wealth, social status can’t replace such habitual, ordinary, self-evident laughter. Can you imagine a happy life without laughing and smiling? Me not. And James Krüss in his little story showed how unhappy, deprived of joy and pleasure, can be a life without laughter, especially for a little boy. I liked most of all the first part of the book: the story of a little boy, so similar to the story of Cinderella, only with the difference that gifts are given for a reason, for the most valuable...

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