Monday, May 16, 2011
16th May Bruce Coville (1950)
American author Bruce Coville used to be a favourite author with my good Year 2 readers a few years ago. They read Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher, one of his Magic Shop series and then went on to read the other four books. The same children read Araminta Spook by Angie Sage, Deltora Quest by Emily Rodda, The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi and the Far Flung Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. However since the advent of series such as Astrosaurs, Dinosaur Cove, Beast Quest, Rainbow Magic and the like, my best readers plough endlessly through this 'fodder' rather than sustain reading on longer more sophisticated plots, and while I am happy that they are reading, I am disappointed that because the very young readers have so many other pursuits vying for their leisure time they opt for the easier road. Hopefully they will meet them later in their reading timeline because the Magic Shop series which were first written over twenty years ago is well worth the effort.