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THE ROBE OF SKULLS

Author: Vivian French

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Publisher: Candlewick Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Lady Lamorna wants a robe with skulls. She orders it but when she looks in her chest, she has no money. She tries to use magic. It doesn't work because this person interrupts her by talking too much. This is a chapter book adventure for second to fourth graders.

Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud, short chapter

Recommended Age: read together: 8 to 10; read yourself: 9 to 12

Interest Level: 9 to 12

Reading Level: 4.2

Age of Child: Read by a student at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, New Hope, MN. This was part of our Use Your ABCs classroom literacy project.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked the book because it looked interesting and I like the front colors of the book. I liked the book. It has opened up my artistic side. This book helps kids explore their imaginary side.

Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.

Pros: The imaginary world is great, and you don't have to think about what it looks like because the book has the pictures.

Cons: It takes too long to read.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow or buy. I can't decide. I shared this and my friend likes this book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: MIDNIGHT MAGIC   PENELOPE AND PRISCILLA AND THE CITY OF THE BANISHED   THE MAGICIAN'S ELEPHANT

Educational Themes: This is a fairy tale meant for teens to enjoy.

Notes: The publisher donated an Advance Reader Copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2010

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