Cassie and the Wild Cat: A Ball at Cat Hall

I certainly believe that one of the best ways to catch children’s attention and teach them life lessons is through fables. Books with talking animals as characters, it makes the children fascinated, entertained and learn some crucial moral values.

Cassie and the Wild Cat

Cassie and the Wild Cat breaks the common notion that cats and dogs are mortal enemies. I remember one of my nieces asked me why cats and dogs always fight, and I just couldn’t give an answer acceptable to a three-year-old! Maybe once I read this to them, they would finally understand that not all enemies are actually enemies all the time. Wild Cat approached the dog upon seeing him, and realizes that he was not at all scary, and they became friends in the end.

Reading this book made me feel nostalgic, it made me want to go back to that time when my grandfather would read me The Lion and the Mouse by bedtime. The colorful illustrations and the rhyming words brought me back to when I would watch Disney movies and sing on the top of my lungs. I guess, what I’m trying to say is that, this book is definitely an enjoyable read for kids, and will make adults young at heart. In fact, I can’t wait to read it to my nieces and nephews, complete with a modulated voice while showing them the pictures.

Such an entertaining and educational read for kids. I highly recommend it and I totally love it.

Rating: 5 of 5 stars. I loved it! 🙂

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The Boy Who Played Dark Matter: The Adventures of Zeddy

In Heaven, there will be no law, and the lion will lie down with the lamb…. The worse the society, the more law there will be. In Hell, there will be nothing but law, and due process will be meticulously observed.” -Grant Gilmore

If this is true, as well as the future envisioned in this book, then the future must be hell. I would say I am grateful enough not to be able to live in 2099, where I couldn’t have my everyday dose of caffeine.

tbpwdmSci-fi fanatics will love this book, that’s for sure. I had a bit of trouble understanding the words (scientific jargons has left me after fifth grade), and wondering how come I thought John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines was the most nose-bleeding book that’s ever existed. But don’t get me wrong. Maybe I wasn’t really designed to enjoy science fiction at all, owing it to the fact that I don’t have a Y chromosome.

The Holy Ghost Writer has a very cool imagination. Though I’ve heard of a parallel universe before, reading this gave me quite a bit of understanding how it works (it’s quite a marvel really, to be a be to comprehend amidst the science jargons). While J.K.Rowling fascinated me with Diagon Alley, Hagrid and the existence of unicorns in the wizarding world, he did the same with Zamira, a dark matter planet which was discovered by Zeddy’s dad, Nimeuh, an ancient sorceress and Zmally, a curious little creature from Zamira called a zutterfly, a dark matter. The only difference could be that, well Diagon Alley, however cool it may sound, is entirely fictitious. Zamira, on the other hand, could somehow stand a chance. With how vast the universe is, who knows?

The second part of the book is much more appealing, for there were other kids introduced as Zeddy’s friends. At least he was normal, just like other kids, apart from his unbelievable brain capacity that is way beyond that of a six-year-old. I also liked the fact that he was able to use his geeky personality to handle this bully kid, Dennis Jr. Reading between the lines, what I learned is that kids that are under pressure and lonely tend to be bullies. Dennis Jr. didn’t have friends, or at least none was mentioned, and he was the school principal’s son.

If this were the kind of books our children nowadays read, there’s no wonder that we will have a very dynamic, ambitious future. It will no doubt be a fun read for kids (or basically anyone) who loves science tickle their brains. And if there is one that I’ve learned in this book, it’snever underestimate the ability of a kid.

Rating: 4 of 5 stars. i really liked it.

The Cosmic League: Rise of the Allies

This is the kind of story that my younger brother and I would definitely be fighting over the TV when we were kids. As much as I was super addicted to fairy tales and princesses that time, he, of course would rather flip the channel in search for battles and superheroes to save the day. I guess, what I’m trying to say is that young boys would definitely love this book.

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As far as children’s books go, I think it is also important that the story has some values to teach us. The Cosmic League: Rise of the Allies teaches the readers about teamwork and friendship, and how it is vital in achieving one goal. Catality and Tarsier Man didn’t really hit it off at first, but then they realized, with the help of Zombie Man, that they should work together to defeat Goliath the Tyrant. Another thing is that, this book also breaks the typical description of zombies that both grown-ups and children are accustomed with – ugly, scary and something that we should all run away from or else we’re dead. It goes to show that not all ugly looking is really bad, and we should just give them the chance to prove themselves.

The illustrations are superb as well, a great, welcoming change to the Japanese anime that I am used to see (well, Asia has a lot of them). An entertaining and educational read, and I recommend this to anyone who has young kids at home.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I loved it.