Thursday, 18 February 2010

"The Tales Of Beedle The Bard"

As a collection of short stories for children, I found The Tales Of Beedle The Bard to be interesting but with vocabulary that would be quite above the reading level of the children. Though this is not always a bad thing, I found my self having to stop and explain words a few times when I read the stories to kids at my work. Aside from this, the morals and values were interesting, and the book was quite fun.

J K Rowling has created an interesting work, using Dumbledore to analyse each story, which is an interesting idea. Again, this would be above the heads of children reading the stories, but worked for me. Though these are no Harry Potter beaters, they are amusing for a few hours when a longer book doesn't appeal. I would recommend the book to Harry Potter fans who want a quick read from time to time. Otherwise, they would be best passed over for the far superior Harry Potter books themselves.

My rating: (1.5/5.0)

Friday, 12 February 2010

Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010

Since I am a student in the Vancouver area, working at the Olympics is a very big deal to me. Firstly it means two weeks off school, to meet people from around the world who are united to see their country compete in my city. Secondly, I will be earning quite a bit of money from my temporary job at the Richmond Olympic Oval (home of long track speed skating!). Thirdly, there will be tonnes of free things to see and do, including concerts from bands that I really like.

As such, my reading challenge will be on hold for a few weeks. Just expect more books during the summer months as I catch up! Happy Olympic period world. See you in March (or April, if I do paralympic work too!)