If you're a second grade boy with an annoying older sister, you can relate to Stink. The ebook Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by well-known children's author Megan McDonald (author of the Judy Moody series) is one of the bestsellers in the Kindle store these days.
It's a bestseller. But is is a "best book"? The first 28 pages are awesome. Unfortunately, the story goes on to page 102. Pages 29-102 are, I have to say, without much... continue reading →
The barriers to entry are very low for creating e-books. Anyone with a computer and a bit of knowledge about graphic design and web authoring can create and upload their own e-books. The good news is that means there are many e-books to choose from—and many of them are free. A to Z Animals by Maya Ray is a free e-book that can be downloaded to a PC or Macintosh computer and read onscreen.
A to Z Animals is a simple concept. Each page... continue reading →
Dystopian novels are all the rage these days. Kids might think they were created recently, just for them. But this genre been around for years. Think Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Or even George Orwell’s 1984. In my mind, there’s one classic dystopian novel that all today’s kids must read: The Giver by Lois Lowry. It was originally published back in 1993. But it feels as fresh as any book published today.
This story takes place in an... continue reading →
Amazon just came out with its kids' summer reading list, which includes many titles which are avaialable as e-books. We aksed a few kids to look at the list and pick out their favorites in the Age 8-12 category. The books listed below, of course, are available as e-books. The quotes are from real kids.
#1 When You Reach Me (Kindle and Nook)
"This book is really good but hard to get into at first. Once you read the whole thing... continue reading →
The book Invisible Man is the memoir of a black man living in the 1930’s in America. You can tell life back then was very different than it is now. This is shown when he moves to New York and is astounded to see a black man directing traffic. He’s also stunned that the drivers are actually following the policeman’s instructions. The book can paint a vivid picture of what it was like to be black and living in Harlem in a segregated... continue reading →
Just in time for Father’s Day, the ultimate book for frustrated dads. Hipster parents by now all have heard about the picture book entitled Go the F*ck to Sleep. If this is the first time you’ve heard of the foul-mouthed bedtime story, you clearly don’t’ follow the NY Times bestseller lists. It debuted as the #1 hardcover on The New York Times Bestseller List on June 19, 2011. The review in The Times takes a neutral but positive stance,... continue reading →
Looking for an ebook that takes advantage of the fun that's possible with the e-book medium? Check out Pat the Bunny on your iPad. This classic picture book by Dorothy Kunhardt has always been an interactive storybook. The paper (actually board) version allows preschoolers to feel the bunny's soft fur, see their own reflection in a mirror, stick their finger in a hole, and participate with the text in a range of ways. It’s interactivity... continue reading →
Stick figure illustrations. Way too many words. A narrator who butts in unnecessarily. Unsophistocated typesetting. Faulty pagination. Stick Dog Wants A Hamburger by Tom Watson is clearly an unprofessional, homemade e-book.
I loved it.
I admit, I did have to get over the above-mentioned flaws. But you know what? The characters are real and funny and the structure made me wonder, "What's gonna happen next?" That’s really all you... continue reading →