By far our favorite was Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. I must admit, the series isn't without it's drawbacks. It's highly predictable and repetitive, and is critical of the Water Cycle. On the other hand, I enjoyed the Dantesque undertones and the cameos of Melville, Voltaire, Congreve, Woolf, Flaubert, Beckett, and many, many others. Also, the kids and I have been discussing what makes a villain or volunteer. Are you a bad guy if you tell a lie, commit a tiny bit of manslaughter (or at least assault), or neglect to care for your fingernails?
We have yet to read the final book - The End. We don't have to overly savor that book. In 2012, when my kids insist the world will end in spite of my years, YEARS, of experience with such bogus predictions, all of which I survived, Lemony Snicket is scheduled to present a new four-book series. Between The End and the end (2012), I'll be attempting to read through all the Newbery Award winners. Care to join me?
The Invention of Hugo Cabret- 9 YO & Mom
Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil- 7 & 9 YOs
Coraline: The Graphic Novel - 7 YO
A.L.I.E.E.E.N. - 7 & 9 YOs
Sardine in Outer Space 2 - 9 YO
Babymouse #3: Beach Babe - 7 YO
Little Vampire - 9 YO
Babymouse #4: Rock Star - 7 YO
Warriors Super Edition: Firestar's Quest- 9 YO & Mom
Rapunzel's Revenge - 7 YO
Animorphs #37: The Weakness - 9 YO
Stink: Book 1 - 9 YONasty Nature (Horrible Science) - 9 YO
Flat Stanley - 7 YO
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