Title: The Beasts of Clawstone Castle
Author: Eva Ibbotson
Date(s) read: February 28 – March 2, 2013
Genre: Middle grade fantasy
Source: Library (Audiobook)
Narrated by: David Tennant
Running Time: 3 hours
Can two children foil an outrageous criminal plot with the help of some of the funniest and maddest ghosts ever invented?
Clawstone Castle is ancient and famous, but its elderly owners have no money. In its great park live a legendary herd of wild white cattle that have roamed there since the days of the Druids, and now their future is threatened. Rollo and Madlyn come to stay with their uncle and aunt and, with the help of a mysterious recluse in the castle library, they collect an impressive team of phantoms who agree to help them turn Clawstone into a tourist attraction. There’s a bloodstained bride, an aristocrat whose chest is permanently gnawed by a rat, a girl who was sawn in half in a circus, a pair of feet without a body, and more. Paying visitors soon pour through the gates. But then a terrible fate befalls the cattle, and the ghosts and the children find themselves facing some very sinister enemies.
I will admit that the only reason I decided to listen to this book was because of the narrator. I am a HUGE fan of David Tennant and this audiobook really hit it home for me that he is an amazing narrator. And I’m not just spouting on about him because I love him, but he’s actually very good at narrating stories!
But I digress!
I love a good middle grade book and this one was no exception. It was fun right from the start. I loved the idea of Madlyn and Rollo going to stay with an uncle they know nothing about because their parents are too busy to take care of them. While that idea is fun on its own (since their uncle really doesn’t come off as a warm soul!), the story gets really good when they decide to make their uncle’s home a tourist attraction by bringing in real, live (er … real, dead?) ghosts for all to see. Continue reading
Released: December 4, 2008 (Bloomsbury)
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Genre: Children’s Fantasy, Companion Book
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The Tales of Beedle the Bard contains five richly diverse fairy tales, each with its own magical character, that will variously bring delight, laughter and the thrill of mortal peril.
Additional notes for each story penned by Professor Albus Dumbledore will be enjoyed by Muggles and wizards alike, as the Professor muses on the morals illuminated by the tales, and reveals snippets of information about life at Hogwarts.
A uniquely magical volume, with illustrations by the author, J.K. Rowling, that will be treasured for years to come.
Why I Read This Book
Really, I shouldn’t even have to say — HARRY POTTER! Isn’t that reason enough?
It has been a few years since I read the last Harry Potter book. I remember when the last book came out, I practically devoured the whole thing in a day, reading it in any spare moment of time I had. But when the companion books came out — The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and Quidditch Through the Ages — I showed no interest. I’m not sure why, maybe I felt like reading them would ruin the Harry Potter experience for me. Continue reading
RELEASE DATE: June 7, 2004
SERIES: Edgar and Ellen, Book #1
AUTHOR LINKS: WEB / GOODREADS
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster
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Nod’s Limbs is a picturesque town with a bad side–the home of scheming siblings Edgar and Ellen, villains who are the heroes of this new series. Illustrations.
Charles Ogden’s book, Rare Beasts, tells the story of twins Edgar and Ellen and their search to cure their boredom by doing unspeakable things, like torture and pranks. In the first volume of this series, they steal the neighbourhood pets after seeing a TV show looking for rare creatures that could fetch a large sum.
However, being an animal lover, I just couldn’t grasp how the premise of animal abuse would be a good topic for children. At the age that this story is written for, I would think that children should be taught how to respect animals, not to steal them and dress them up and try to sell them for massive amounts of money. Continue reading