Fantasy stories carry readers to new lands where imaginations soar and almost anything is possible. These fantasy books entertainment and a chance to dream of what might be.
“The Little Secret” by Kate Saunders, Square Fish, 2009, 231 pages, ages 8 and up.
Jane’s life seems simple; family, friends, and school, but no excitement. When the new girl, Staffa, takes an interest in Jane, she is flattered, but does not realize an invitation for a trip with Staffa during the school holiday will turn into a strange adventure in a magical land. Queen Matilda has plans for Jane, until she escapes on Fatilda the flying beetle. Soon Jane’s predictable life at home seems like a distant memory, leaving her longing to return.
“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeline L’Engle, Square Fish, 1962/2012, 236 pages, ages 10 and up.
Time seems to have stood still for fans of children’s fantasy books, as the classic A Wrinkle in Time celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. This story of good facing evil centers around Meg and her brother, Charles Wallace, and the unique or magical gifts each possesses and must utilize to their fullest to rescue their father from another dimension of time and space.
“A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel” adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson, Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012, 392 pages, ages 10 and up.
This graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time tells the fantasy story through comic book-type illustrations and brief character conversations. Although the style is informal, the gist of this classic story rings true, and may entice some readers who might not otherwise read the novel.
“Floors” by Patrick Carman, Scholastic, 2011, 259 pages, ages 8 and up.
“3 Below” by Patrick Carman, Scholastic, 2012, 234 pages, ages 8 and up.
Floors is a series about the quirky and secretive Whippet Hotel, and Leo Fillmore’s whacky adventure to save the hotel and his father’s job. Leo and his pal Remi decipher cryptic messages, find hidden floors of the hotel, and mysterious colored boxes, all with the help of Betty the duck. Patrick Carman’s website at http://floorsbook.com/#/home, has a video interview with the author, color images, and book trailors.
Fantasy gives our mind a chance to spread its wings. Enjoy a trip to another world with a good fantasy book.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Dobler