JUNE - FarawayReads for Kids

Albert Einstein “The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge”
Albert Einstein

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
A classic book that features a story for all ages and genders. Peter Pan, the boy who never grew up. Peter Pan is one of those stories that stays with you forever; it’s written for a child, but there’s a message behind the words for adults too, another layer to the story. What makes Peter Pan particularly interesting is that there is a tiny wee bit of darkness to it; the story features real characters who are flawed. Peter is quite selfish and this has consequences, even in the perfect never-grow-up world he lives in.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis

This is the first book in the ultimate series for younger readers. It's got talking animals, child protagonists, evil witches, adventures galore, and the clash between good and evil. This classic is completely safe for the kiddies and can be appreciated by all ages. I grew up on this series as a kid and I've been a fantasy book reader ever since. These are the ultimate in children's fantasy books.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
An awesome movie, but an even better book. It’s a delightful book for children and adults too – a true tale for all ages. What’s specifically awesome about this story is that it gently mocks the traditional fairy tale, yet still keeps the charm of the 'happily ever after' fairy tale. You won’t go wrong reading this one to the kids – that is, if they don’t grab it out of your hands to finish reading it themselves! - 'As you wish!'

P.S. This will be our 'Reel Teens' movie NEXT week - 21st June - Book online now!  (for 12+ only)

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  by L. Frank Baum
A true classic and not at all like the movie. Because of the popularity of the movie, many assume the book and the movie are the same; but this is not so. The book is far superior to the movie and is a thoroughly entertaining read. It makes for perfect reading to your kids right before bedtime and hey, you might even find yourself slipping off to read it on your own time. With quite a few of the current crop of children’s fantasy books tending towards the dark side of things, it’s nice to have a fun, entertaining read that makes you feel good at the end of the day. Appropriate for all ages.

Artemis Fowl  by Eoin Colfer
From a strikingly original voice in fiction comes the story of Artemis Fowl, a very unusual hero. Artemis combines the astuteness of Sherlock Holmes with the sangfroid of James Bond and the attitude of Attila the Hun. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories. These fairies are armed and they're dangerous. Artemis thinks he's got them just where he wants them, but then they stop playing by the rules ...

Someone described this series as Harry Potter meets Die Hard -- an apt description indeed. But parents fear not: this is not Harry Potter with gory effects turned on, it's a rip roaring tale that sucks you in. As an anti-hero, Artemis is an unusual character in children's fantasy. It's the bad guy's turn to win for once and in this book, you will find yourself cheering for the spoiled, imperious, but somehow likable boy-genius criminal Artemis Fowl. Darker than Harry Potter and hilariously funny (at times). The Artemis Fowl series is a must read.  (If you like something a little different!)