Top 5 Wednesday | Children’s Books

TOP 5 WEDNESDAY

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey (YouTube, Goodreads) and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.

This week’s topic is Children’s Books

♣ Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

♣ American Girl Books (The Original Ones) by Various Authors
 
♣ Ever After High Series by Shannon Hale

♣ Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

♣ Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

What are some of your favorite childhood reads? 

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A Wonderlandiful World by Shannon Hale | Book Review

18774022A WONDERLANDIFUL WORLD BY SHANNON HALE

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy, Fairy Tale Retelling

Series: Ever After High
The Storybook of Legends (#1 EAH)
The Unfairest of Them All (#2 EAH)

 Synopsis:
At Ever After High, everyone is expected to sign the Storybook of Legends, pledging to follow in their fairytale parent’s footsteps. But when Raven Queen came along, things became fairy, fairy confusing. Now no one’s destiny is certain, not even for the most royal of them all, Apple White.When a mysterious being from Wonderland begins to infect Ever After High with a strange magic, everything goes topsy-turvy. The students transform into animals and objects, palace mice talk, and the beautiful green grounds on campus fade to black-and-white. Lizzie Hearts, Wonderland’s future queen, Cedar Wood, daughter of Pinocchio, and Madeline Hatter, heir to the Mad Hatter’s Hat and Tea Shoppe, seem to be the only ones who haven’t completely lost their heads. It’s up to them to save their best friends forever after from a curse that threatens to give their school-and their lives-a very unhappy ending.[Goodreads]

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*Warning this is the last book in a trilogy and so it may contain spoilers*

After the events that happened in The Unfairest of Them All the students at Ever After High must deal with the consequences and problems that arise. A few students must step up and rescue the school, their friends and everyone’s story from being ended too soon.

In this finial installation of the Ever After High Trilogy by Shannon Hale, the cute, adorable and whimsical story continues with a change in main characters that explore and dive into more of the world of Ever After High. The characters and world continue to impress me and make me gush over the wonderful and fantastic story even more. Although I was slightly frustrated with the fact that the first two books focused on the same two characters whereas this one revolved around a completely different set of characters that were secondary in the other stories. I did however extremely enjoy that it was about Wonderland, the Jabberwocky and the Wonderlandian characters! I have to say that Lizzie Hearts, Maddie Hatter and Kitty Cheshire are my absolute favorite Ever After High characters!The story as well delivers some moral and important lessons about fitting in, taking pride in who you are and that friends are always there for you!

Overall, I was extremely happy with the way this story went, it had fantastic and whimsical writing and characters and had some great fairy tale elements! The ending is what you expect in a fairytale with all the cuteness and sweetness that fairy tales bring. It is middle grade and reads like a middle grade book, but I still greatly enjoyed it and thought it was a quick read and delightful book! Although I am sad to see this trilogy end I am happy that there will be more books published revolving around other characters in the Ever After world. I am a little nervous that it will be written by another person and hope that they can deliver a story just as satisfying and precious! I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys cutsy, whimsical fairy tale retellings with some moral lessons woven in! 

RATING-3

Series rating: 5/5

The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale| Book Review

18053786THE STORYBOOK OF LEGENDS BY SHANNON HALE

Genre: Middle Grade, “Fairy Tale Retelling”(ish)

Series: Ever After High by Shannon Hale

“I mean, without the antagonist, there would be no story! It’d be like: ‘Once upon a time there was a girl who wanted to be loved, so she met a prince and got married and lived Happily Ever After, The End’? That’s not a story; that’s a bumper sticker.”
– Shannon Hale, Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends

Youtube: Ever After High 

Synopsis:
At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens…whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the Village of Book End has whispered that refusing to sign means The End-both for a story and for a life.
As the daughter of the Evil Queen, Raven Queen’s destiny is to follow in her mother’s wicked footsteps, but evil is so not Raven’s style. She’s starting to wonder, what if she rewrote her own story? The royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, has a happy ever after planned for herself, but it depends upon Raven feeding her a poison apple in their future.
What if Raven doesn’t sign the Storybook of Legends? It could mean a happily never after for them both.[Goodreads]

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I first found this book by watching the webisodes that Autumn @ Kitty Cat Reads recommended me to watch.  These are absolutely adorable and are created by the same people that created Monster High! It is just too much cute to handle and I knew I just needed more story and I was completely satisfied with the first book in the series of Ever After High, The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale!

The stories of Ever After High revolves around the lives of fairy tale characters children. The main characters are Apple White, daughter of Snow White and Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen. The children of fairy tale characters head off the Ever After High to learn how to prepare to follow in the footsteps of their parents.

This was an absolutely adorable middle grade fantasy (fairy tale retelling) The characters were so dynamic and entertaining. All with their own quirks and similarities with their parents. The language used was fantastic and really gave a youthful vibe that fit perfectly in the world, which was absolutely hexellent! There was adventure and drama and some great messages about being yourself, accepting who you are and making your own decisions to follow your own path!

I was able to finish this in one day and just could not put it down. I got so engrossed in the world and fell absolutely in love with all the characters! It is a fast paced enjoyable read that had me laughing and wanting more. I immediately picked up the second book in the series because I just could not get enough of this world and characters!

Overall if you are looking for a fast, highly enjoyable and super adorable (and precious and cute all all other words that convey the deep love I had for this book! ) read that focuses on stories we are all familiar with from our childhood this is definitely a book for you. Also I highly recommend watching the webisodes because they are just perfect (and different from the book in ways that give you more stories and the background to more characters!)


I will stop now before my fangirling becomes too much!
RATING-3