Happy Monday everybody. It finally feels like Autumn in here, too back that I’m sick 😦 But, it gives me some time to catch up on my reviews and blog posts, so I’m not complaining too much.
My question today is – do you read children’s/ middle grade books?Or do you think that you are too old for them? For me, it depends on the book. I don’t really care if I am reading a children’s book – as long as it’s interesting and has a great message to teach. And I think the middle grade books have the most profound lessons in them!
Don’t believe me? Harry Potter is considered Children’s. So is Percy Jackson. So is Coraline. And Matilda. And all of those are pretty great!
I think the trick is to have your book be relatable to kids and delta alike. Harry Potter achieves it nicely – it also grows more mature and darker with each book, and that progression in a book is so desirable. Percy Jackson is so entertaining – it might not have a lot of lessons (although it does have some) but it’s full of amazing humor. Coraline is just a spooky fun for everyone! It has messages to both adults and kids – and I absolutely adore it! And Matilda, our fellow bookworm, also contains messages for audience of all ages.
However, this is not always the case. I recently read The Witches by Roald Dahl – the same author who wrote Matilda – and that book was definitely for very young readers. I’m talking like 4-8 years old. It was just very silly and out there, and quite boring to be honest. But I can definitely see a kid enjoying it a lot. Or if you read it with your kid – that would be great experience. I’ve also read The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which is middle grade, and I found that quite boring as well.
But, one of my all time favorite series is Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede – and that is a middle grade. Btw, I totally recommend the series, if you haven’t read them yet. It’s full of girl power, feminism and just bad-assery all around. Oh, and dragons.
Do you read middle grade literature? What are some of your ageless book recommendations?