Most people collect things. For children, their collections can be as varied as for adults. Kids can collect rocks, stuffed animals, books, comics, dolls, action figures, and more. Unless you’re a hoarder, it’s perfectly normal to have a prized collection, large or small, that brings back memories or simply provides pleasure.
The books reviewed today are about collecting, from grudges to art to gold, and each book offers a different take on collecting. While browsing, be sure to visit your local public library where a large collection of books is available to you. Collect a few this week for the kids in your life, then turn them over next week to collect more.
Books to borrow
The following book is available at many public libraries.
“The Grudge Keeper” by Mara Rockliff, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler, Peachtree, 32 pages
Reading aloud: 5 to 6 years and up.
Read it yourself: 7 to 9 years old.
The citizens of Bonnyripple never held a grudge (or so they thought). When there were grievances, people wrote them down on a piece of paper and handed them to the town’s grudgekeeper, old Cornelius. The Grudge Keeper kept all grudges neatly filed away in his dilapidated cottage. Over time, the grudges built up so much that there was almost no room to walk in the chalet.
Then, one day, a terrible windstorm started. It gained in intensity and continued throughout the night. The next day, people were able to walk out of their homes with their grudges, but when they arrived at The Grudge Keeper’s cottage, the piles of grudge paper had been swept everywhere in a messy mess. Mayhem ensued until it was discovered that Cornelius was missing. And what happened next? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out the miraculous, wise, and happy ending.
A wonderful book from start to finish, “The Grudge Keeper” is brilliant.
The librarian’s choice
Library: Mifflin Community Library, 6 Philadelphia Ave., Shillington
Library Director: Natasha Donaldson
Youth Service: Andrea Hunter
Choice this week: “My Friend Rabbit” by Eric Rohmann; “In Pursuit of Vermeer” by Blue Balliet; “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins
Books to buy
The following books are available at preferred bookstores.
“The Collectors” by Philip Pullman, illustrated by Tom Duxbury, Alfred A. Knopf, 2022, 80 pages, $14.99 hardcover
Reading aloud: 10 years and up.
Do you read: 10 years and over.
On a cold winter’s evening in a bedroom at an Oxford college, two art collectors, Horley and Grinstead, discussed two works of art that Horley had recently acquired. One was a portrait of a beautiful young woman with an ambiguous expression, and the other was a bronze sculpture of a horrible monkey.
When Horley unveiled the portrait of the young woman, Grinstead was flabbergasted – he knew the young woman in the portrait. Horley protested, saying the portrait was painted 70 to 80 years ago and therefore Grinstead could not know her.
Additionally, the disturbing bronze sculpture inexplicably ended up where the portrait was. What none of the art collectors knew was that they had become fatally drawn into an old story that spanned time and different worlds.
On sale Tuesday, “The Collectors” is a delightful, dark mystery from none other than internationally acclaimed author Pullman. Originally published as an audiobook in 2015 and later as an ebook, “The Collectors” is finally out in print and should be on the radar of anyone young and old who loves a tale. scary.
“Gold!” written and illustrated by David Shannon, Viking, 2022, 40 pages, $18.99 hardcover
Reading aloud: 3 to 7 years old.
Do you read: 6 – 7 years old.
Seven-year-old Maximilian Midas was obsessed with money. The first word he spoke was gold! His parents tried hard to raise Max with good values, but Max wasn’t interested in that. Max also wasn’t interested in the stories his dad told him at night, his mom’s hugs, didn’t like school, and cheated on his tests. Max was extremely greedy and began amassing his fortune with his homemade lemonade which was selling everywhere in stores.
Once Max was rolling in millions of dollars, he built a big castle on top of a mountain of his gold. Everything in his castle was made of gold, and yet Max still didn’t have enough. Then one day he decided to put gold dust on his cereal and eat it, which was a big mistake for Max because he turned into a golden statue.
Alone and realizing that his life was devoid of substance because of all the things he had traded for gold, there was only one good thing left inside Max that helped him reverse his fate.
Written in rhyme, “Gold!” is a hilarious retelling of the Greek myth of Midas. Lots of fun with a solid message about what’s most important in life, “Gold!” is a true one-book winner.
Nationally syndicated, Kendal Rautzhan writes and lectures on children’s literature. She can be contacted at [email protected]