Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Middle Grade Book Holiday Gift List... Based on Movies

  If you're anything like me, then you're trying to find out a way to get a book for everyone on your list. After all, who wouldn't want a book? It's the second best present there is, aside from socks. So with that in mind, I've constructed a Holiday Gift Suggestion List, of relatively new books, based on movie preferences. I've added in links to trailers of the movies and links for the books. Know someone who likes Avengers, or Muppets, or Alice In Wonderland? Great. I've got them all covered on this list.

Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. If you know someone who like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, or any of those crazy reality gameshows where people are competing for something crazy like purple toilet plungers, this is the book for them. A non-stop literary race to the end, this book is about a group of kids that are locked in a brand-new state-of-the-art library for the night, and then challenged to the game of their lives. Last reader standing wins.

The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led The Revels There by Catherynne M. Valente. I know I'm kind of cheating by mentioned the second book in this series, but it's not necessary to read the first, and the second book is blow-you-away amazing. For those on your list who love wrapping themselves up in rich descriptions, love the fantastical world of Alice In Wonderland, or Wizard of Oz, this book will astound them. Coming back into Fairyland from wartime Kansas, September finds that her missing shadow has become queen of Fairyland Below and has been stealing shadows and magic from Fairyland. Can she trust the shadows of her friends as she would her real friends?

Geeks, Girls and Secret Identities by Mike Jung. Avengers, Thor, Captain America, X-men, Iron Man. Take your pick. For any of the superhero movie fans out there, Mike Jung has come up with a new twist on the superhero story, that is sure to keep you glued to the page. Vincent Wu is a member of the Unofficial Fan club of Captain Stupendous. He knows practically everything about the superhero. But how will his skills match up when he must advise a real superhero? This one had plot twists that kept me on my toes.

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy. For the fans of Mirror, Mirror, and perhaps really any Disney movie out there, try this book for a change of pace. The Prince Charmings have finally gotten fed up. They are the ones who do all the rescuing and yet, no one ever remembers their actual names. Feast your eyes on the hilarity when a group of Prince Charmings band together for their own adventure.

Fang Bone! Third-Grade Barbarian by Michael Rex. Although fans of The Hobbit might find this oddly interesting, I would suggest that it would best fit fans of the Muppets. Because the rather absurd flavor of humor that permeates this book, makes me wonder if Fang Bone is perhaps the long lost cousin of Gonzo. Fang Bone is a Barbarian on a quest to recover the deadly weapon before it falls into the hands of Vemonous Drool. His quest brings him to a the most heightened challenge yet... being a third grader.

Jabba The Puppet by Tom Angleberger. I would be amiss if I didn't mention the most obvious film book connection: the great Origami Yoda Series and the Star Wars movies. Jabba The Puppet even has a secret twist that every reader I have queried loves. And I work at a library, so I talk to a lot of readers. In this book, the Origami Yoda crew forms a rebellion as the administration cuts art, music and other electives. Can the rebellion bring back their beloved classes? Or will the dark side of the force triumph?

Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan. For fans of the Goonies. Okay. It's a weird comparison, but stick with me here. You have a band of seemingly odd and very different characters that band together to solve a problem. Plus, I love the Goonies, and I love this book, so the two must go together.

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