New Books for 3rd Graders

Rump: The Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

Reading Level: Grades 3 - 7

This is Rumpelstilton as never before.  Instead of the nasty, baby stealing gnome, Rump is a young boy, small for his age, malnourished, and picked on by village bullies. His mother died when he was born and the last thing she uttered was his name.  In a kingdom where your name is your fate, how much worse could it get than to be named Rump?  But is it his full name?

The orginal story is here.  There's the greedy miller, his beautiful daughter, a gold loving king, and a boy who can spin straw into gold.  Add in messanger gnomes, gold crazed biting pixies, witchesin woods, and smelly trolls and readers will agree that Shurtliff can spin some tale.

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Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

It was a sweet story when Gran Gran bought it.  She wrote a loving inscription circled by a heart, "Happy Birthday, Alexander!  To my little birthday bunny on his special day.  Love, Gran Gran."

The saccharine book was more than Alexander could take.  With pencil in hand he changes the gentle story of a little birthday bunny into the wild, raucous adventures of the villainous Battle Bunny!!! 

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Books by Jon Scieszka

Books by Mac Barnett

Other subversive stories include:

Chester by Melanie Watt

Killer Koalas From Outer Space by Andy Griffiths and

Tales for the Perfect Child by Florence Parry Heide

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

Dad has been left in charge of the house in Mom's absence and  there is no milk for  his children's cereal.  Not much of a plot unless the author is Neil Gaiman.  In the ultimate "the dog ate my homework" story, Dad explains why it took so long to get the milk.  The story involves alien aduction, pirates, a dinosaur professor in a hot-air balloon, "wumpires," the space-time continuum- oh, you get the idea.  Illustrator Skottie Young 's illustrations manage to match the zaniness of the plot.  I'd write more, but I think Bigfoot needs help finding a book and there's the spell cast on the Youth Services Department and . . .

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Youth titles books by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman books, including books written for teens and adults

Books illustrated by Skottie Young

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