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“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”
Summary: Was it really a Hawddamor? or was it a mouse? Just as the Knights were waking up for their evening tour of duty, the autumn wind stirred something in Oliver Lindenberry's closet. With that, the guardians of Lindenberry castle had a quest! This is a fantasy adventure for pre-teens.
Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, middle grade reader
Recommended Age: read together: 6 to 10; read yourself: 8 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: This book is a delightful choice for young readers and a great way for kids to experience new vocabulary. The illustrations and humor make the book very entertaining which enable kids to read longer. Intertwined in the heavily illustrated book are larger vocabulary and phrases, along with logic puzzles. They are used and explained in the book allowing kids to learn while having fun at the same time. Knight Lights Do Not Disturb the Hawddamor is an adventurous book that appeals particularly to boys, ranging from 7-9 years old. It is perfect for children who normally dislike reading, or for kids who are looking for a fun book. Either way, most young boys who read this book are likely to have a great time and will probably want the next edition in the series.
Adult Reader Reaction: After Volume II, I wasn't sure where this one was going ... but it is back on track with great one-liners, vocabulary lessons, and, of course, an adventure.
Pros: The short sentences and heavily illustrated pages (with sidebars) will appeal to pre-teen readers not ready to give up "picture books" and remedial readers, too. The author has added vocabulary lessons in a fun, light-hearted way.
Cons: Parents may not find the style appealing, as it leans over the comic-book edge.
Borrow or Buy: This could go either way. If your child (most likely son) is struggling with reading or needs remedial help, then definitely pick this up. It's not 'classic literature' but it presents reading in a way that could keep kids interested in reading.
Educational Themes: The opportunity for building one's vocabulary is probably the most visible lesson. Kids with imagination could create their own adventures with the pint-sized quartet.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, series book, remedial reader
Date(s) Reviewed: April 2007, August 2008
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