Today I recommend: The Wizard’s Dog by Eric Kahn Gale.
When his master and best friend, Merlin, is kidnapped, there is nothing Nosewise the dog will not do to get Merlin back, even if it means facing the strange Fae people and their magic-eating worms, or tangling with the mysterious Sword in the Stone.
This book is hilarious- Nosewise, the wizard Merlin’s dog, is the narrator for the book and his point of view makes for an enjoyable read. A dog’s opinion on many things differs from that of the human companions he gains along the way to rescue his master Merlin- for example Nosewise believes that being the “poop-boy” who cleans the chamber pots is a huge honor while Arthur disagrees. This book is perfect for elementary school students who love dog books especially ones written from the point of view of the dog, and anyone who enjoys legend, and magical fantasy stories.
This is one of the fiction books for the 2018-2019 season of Battle of the Books. You can find this book on the Battle of the Books shelf for the 2018-2019 season, and in the Juvenile Fiction section at J GALE.
Odge Gribbie, a young hag, accompanies an old wizard, a gentle fey, and a giant ogre on their mission through a magical tunnel from their island to London to rescue their King and Queen’s son who had been stolen as an infant.
This fantasy novel was one of School Library Journal’s Best Books of 1998. The numerous magical and mythical creatures and the adventure make this perfect for anyone who loves fantasy stories. There are comic-like illustrations throughout the book, and it is full of humor. You could hand this to anyone who liked Roald Dahl!
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J IBBOTSON.
For this Throwback Thursday I recommend: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones.
Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.
Most people will recognize as the title as the name of a movie from 2004 directed by Hayao Miyazaki. The movie is one of the highest grossing anime movies and it is based on this novel by Diana Wynne Jones. The book, Howl’s Moving Castle, was published in 1986. This book has all the enjoyable quirky humor and events that you find in the movie. This was such a fun read! Recommended for fans of the movie, and fans of fantasy novels.
This book can be found in Juvenile Fiction section at J JONES.
It’s time for another Throwback Thursday!
Did you know that the 1939 movie, The Wizard of Oz, was a book published in 1900 titled, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written by Frank L. Baum? Read this American classic that follows Dorothy Gale through the Land of OZ and find out if the movie matches the book. One difference is that Dorothy’s slippers are silver not ruby red! When you finish the book, read The Road to Oz which tells the life story of the author! You can check out this classic and the other books in the Oz series in the Juvenile Fiction section at J BAUM.
Book vs. Movie!
It’s Throwback Thursday! Today I recommend: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum.
After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog Toto are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man, and a lion, who accompany her to the Emerald City to look for a wizard who can help her return home to Kansas.
Did you know that the Wizard of Oz movie was based on this book? Frank Baum wrote and published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900. The Library of Congress describes The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as “America’s greatest and best-loved homegrown fairy-tale,” (https://www.loc.gov/exhibits/oz/) This book would lead to numerous sequels beginning with The Marvelous Land of Oz. You can check out this classic and the other books in the Oz series in the Juvenile Fiction section at J BAUM.
Today I recommend: Frogkisser! by Garth Nix.
Princess Anya has a big problem: Duke Rikard, her step-stepfather is an evil wizard who wants to rule the kingdom and has a habit of changing people into frogs, and her older sister Morven, the heir, is a wimp–so with the help of the librarian Gotfried (who turns into an owl when he is upset), and the Royal Dogs, she must find away to defeat Rikard, save her sister, and maybe even turn Prince Denholm back into a human being.
This fantasy book has everything you could want: humor in the shape of hilarious talking dogs, the classic fantasy elements in the magic lip balm, newts, otters, a Good Wizard, and a strong main character! It also subverts a lot of fantasy tropes, there is no romance plot for our brave main character, Princess Anya. The book also has some interesting discussions about privilege and how laws should apply equally to everyone. This book is pretty hefty at 372 pages but if you love fantasy this is a book for you! You can find it in the Juvenile Fiction section at J NIX.