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Book Review: The Book That Ate My Brother

Eleanor has read this QUICK READ as part of the Six Book Challenge.

For the Six Book Challenge, I challenged myself to read books entirely from the QUICK READS and EXPRESS FICTION sections of the Information Store. My third Six Book Challenge book is The Book That Ate My Brother by Michael Dahl (QUICK READS – Adventure Stories 823.91).

book that ate my brotherThe Book That Ate My Brother is part of a series about the Library of Doom, a place where all the most dangerous books in the world are locked away. The Library of Doom is guarded by a powerful Librarian and his assistants, who travel the world looking for magical books that are causing trouble!

The Book That Ate My Brother is all about Jack, who writes to the Librarian when he finds that his brother has been eaten by a book. Soon Jack is part of a thrilling adventure to save his brother.

20150413_135501The Library of Doom is a series designed for less confident readers who want a great story at the reading level they feel comfortable with. The Book That Ate My Brother is fast-paced and manages to tell a fantastic story without needing to take lots of words to do it. It has pictures all the way through and, as with Michael Dahl’s Dragonblood series, lots of the words are decorated to give clues as to what they mean. There is also a handy glossary at the end for more unusual words, a quiz about things that happened in the book and some suggestions for things readers could write about to continue the story.

Each of the books in the series can be read without having to read the others first, but I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the series. After all, librarians who adventure across the world and magical books sound like great fun. I’m quite glad that we don’t have any books that eat people in our library, though…at least, I don’t think we do…

If you liked this…

Michael Dahl’s other series in Adventure Stories is called Dragonblood, and is all about kids who are secretly dragons. We’ve reviewed some of the Dragonblood books here, and there are plenty more in the QUICK READS section!

For a picture book about libraries and reading, try Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen and Kevin Hawkes (BOOK ZONE 649.58). The librarian, Miss Merriweather, has very strict rules, but when a lion comes to the library, he causes all kinds of chaos!

For a more challenging read, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (EXPRESS FICTION 823.91) is all about someone who has the magical ability to make things from books real, and a mysterious book called Inkheart that bad people want to get their hands on. You can also watch the film version (DVD LOBBY 791.43).

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To sign up for the Six Book Challenge, speak to staff in the Information Store or check out the blog post here.

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