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I'm a costume designer, makeup artist, teacher, mom, sewer, knitter, baker, want-to-learn-how-to-do-it-all, blogging, Costumed Beagle enthusiast. I am not always pleasant, although through intensive cupcake therapy I have learned not to throw knives at people anymore.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Book Review: The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
by Trenton Lee Stewart

This is a pre-quel to the three Mysterious Benedict Society books that just came out this year.  One of the main characters, Mr. Benedict is an older man by the time we meet him in the first book, and is quite the character.  If you haven't read these books with your 3-6 grader, do.  We LOVE them at our house.  I am particularly fond of these books because they are a very good read for an adult, but still appropriate and fantastic for a kid, do not talk down to kids and are not fantasy.  There's nothing wrong with fantasy, but sometimes its nice to take a break, you know?

This book introduces us to Mr. Benedict when he is about nine years old and gives us glimpses into the unique personality traits that become the adult later.  I don't want to give too much away, but it is a book with children who are empowered by the choices and attitudes that they adopt.  There is always a mystery of sorts
 to figure out and smart kids are valued.
























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