You all know how much we love books here at The Children’s Nook. Therefore, you can only imagine how excited I was when my oldest first learned to read. It fills my heart and makes me smile every time I see him with his head stuck in a book. It also makes me laugh when I realize he is so engrossed with the story that he does not hear me call his name over and over again! My son still enjoys picture books but chapter books have definitely become a big part of his reading library. Therefore, I wanted to introduce you all to an author, who’s chapter books have been capturing my son’s imagination one page at a time.
New York Time’s Best Selling Author, Cornelia Funke, published two new exciting chapter books this year. With the release of the book, Ruffleclaw, this past summer my son discovered that monsters can be quite funny…. and messy. Let’s just say they make interesting pets! Black and white illustrations that have the feel of pencil drawings can be found throughout the story. Ruffleclaw is the first book to feature Cornelia Funke’s very own illustrations!
Ruffleclaw and The Pirate Pig are both intended for children in grades 2-5 which is essentially kids ages 7-10. My 7-year-old loved these stories but he did struggle with some of the words in Ruffleclaw. I think that had more to do with some of the creative made up words Ruffleclaw uses such as, slimaliciously. These words may be unique and cause a few young readers to ask for help but they also give you an idea of how funny and playful Cornelia Funke’s characters can be.
The Pirate Pig was just released this November and was well received by my son. In this exciting story, Funke has created yet another fun character that makes for one unique pet. Sam and Pip find Julie the pig in a barrel and decide to keep her as a pet. However, she is no ordinary pet. Julie has the gift of sniffing out treasure! The Pirate Pig has colorful pictures throughout the chapter book that pair well with this suspenseful story.
I received a copy of The Pirate Pig and Ruffleclaw for review purposes. All opinions are mine alone.