Decent Children’s Book About Overcoming Fear

How to Make a Golem and Terrify People by Allete J. Willis

2 stars

I read this story out loud to the boys. It took us quite a while because it wasn’t real riveting. It took along time for something to actually happen. There were times when we thought the main character, Edda, was not being real nice, especially to her best friend. It took forever to find out whether or not there was really a golem.

The story mostly concerned with Edda trying to learn how to be more brave.  She takes a short cut though by building the golem instead of facing her fears herself.  I thought the lesson was dealt in a bit of a heavy handed manner.

We didn’t like how it ended very well. There were questions we felt were left in the air.

All in all it was okay but we wouldn’t necessarily sign up for a sequel.

I received this from netGalley for review

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Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith

4 stars 

Pretty cute.  Easy to read out loud to the boys.  They liked it and laughed out loud in places.  The main character, Scrub, is a 12 year old boy staying at his grandmother’s bed and breakfast for the summer.  He finds out that her guests are all aliens.  He learns to work at the inn while at the same time making friends with a local girl.  The aliens are wonderfully wacky and Mr. Harnox who is stuck on earth is more human and caring than most of the real humans.
Scrub learns lessons in tolerance and responsibility.  He learns to stand up for himself and he learns to use his ingenuity and how to become more self reliant and how to trust himself.
This is a nice book for the 9 to 12 year old set.  It is funny and has some positive messages without preaching or talking down to the reader.  My boys didn’t even mind that there was a bit of kissing in it, even though my 11 year old did have to hide his head to listen to that bit.