Two other groups converge on the same quest -- witches seeking youth and brothers competing for the family stronghold -- which turns Tristran's seemingly straightforward journey into quite the perilous adventure.
Through many twists and turns, all ends well, as of course fairy tales must, and as happily as real life will allow. To me, what make this book was the interplay of Gaiman's beautiful prose and Charles Vess' stunning illustrations. The two have worked together in the past -- most recently in the pages of Vess' self-published comic, The Book of Ballads and Sagas -- but here the collaboration is really given room to breathe. The story alone is wonderful, but enhanced by the gorgeous artwork on nearly every page colour paintings in total this book becomes a treasure.
As the mother of two preschoolers, I feel obligated to point out that this is an adult tale. But that was part of what made the book so alluring: someone actually bothered to illustrate a fairytale for grownups. Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess's Stardust is a lovely story in the grand tradition of Oscar Wilde and Thackeray of fairy tales for adults. Loving attention has been paid to the language, which flows beautifully, drawing the reader effortlessly into a world of Faerie made even more real by the lavish artwork. Gaiman says he penned rather than typed this manuscript, and it does have quite the old-fashioned feel without being stilted or archaic.
This is a curl-up-with-hot-cocoa, by the fireside kind of book, to be savoured on a blustery night. I certainly did. Her time is taken up these days with her two children, and the preparations for her third.
She misses school, but reading and fairy tales help. In April of this year. Speaking to Morning Ireland this morning, Ms Barrett said: "After four days in the morgue, they gave me my body bag and basically told [me] to get on with life. Ms Barrett said following the blaze, the deceased "lost their identity" as they were returned to their loved ones in numbered body bags. She continued: "I want the people of Ireland to know and the Irish State to know, nobody is going to tell me what is going to be done about my late son, his mother, which is me, is going to decide on that. Preview — Step into the Spotlight!
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Diane Le Feyer Illustrations. This glittery early chapter book series is all about friendship! This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! They all live and work at the Stardust Circus. Marlo, the new girl, is eager to make friends.
The other girls welcome her and she tries everything to fit in -- trapeze, tightrope walking, juggling, and even dog training -- all with hilarious results. Marlo wants to shine in the spotlight, but what will her special talent be? With black-and-white illustrations throughout, this glittery series is full of sparkle and friendship! Get A Copy. Paperback , 96 pages. More Details Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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Amazing Stardust Friends 1. Mar 11, Camie rated it really liked it Shelves: already-given-to-quinncey. Glittery first reader for almost 6 year old Granddaughter.
View 1 comment. Feb 25, Morgan rated it really liked it. Pretty good book for early readers. Nov 06, Katie Fitzgerald rated it liked it Shelves: genre-realistic-fiction , level-chapter-books , source-edelweiss. This is a review of books 1 and 2 of the Amazing Stardust Friends series. In book one, Step into the Spotlight, Marlo arrives at the circus along with her mom, who is the new chef.
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When Marlo asks to be allowed to join the parade that takes place at each performance, Liam the Ringmaster tells her she must first find a talent. After trying many things, she realizes she has had a special This is a review of books 1 and 2 of the Amazing Stardust Friends series. After trying many things, she realizes she has had a special skill all along. In the forthcoming second book, Be a Star, producers come to film the circus performers and trapeze artist Allie becomes obsessed with the idea of landing a part in a TV show, even though she is not being seriously considered.
This causes much conflict with the other Stardust Friends. This series gets credit for trying a new setting.
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With so many friendship stories for this age group, this one at least stands out a little bit by taking the story outside of the usual school and home environments. The circus train is an appealing location, made more so by the map which appears early on in each book. Unfortunately, aside from this map, the illustrations feel strangely dated, as though they came from a Jem and the Holograms coloring book.
The big eyes and hair on the covers give off a creepy vibe, and the characters look like they are much older than the stories themselves suggest. The vocabulary is simple enough, and short chapters filled with short sentences make the text easy enough to read for at least some second and third graders.
The look of the books, though, makes them seem more middle grade, which might cause parents to dismiss them as too mature even though the content is perfectly appropriate for beginning chapter book readers. The Branches books continue to be very inconsistent in terms of quality and kid appeal. This series seems to fall somewhere in the middle - not the best, but certainly not the worst, either.
For more circus-themed books for this age group, also try the Three-Ring Rascals series by Kate and M.
Sarah Klise. Jan 24, Emily rated it liked it Shelves: ece-2nd , 3rd-5th. Learning to fit in with your own talents is a theme throughout the whole story, and will resonate with late primary and early intermediate elementary school readers.