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*****= An all-time favorite
*****Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J. K. Rowling
Reviewed September 5, 2002.
I’m carrying out a long-term project of reading the Harry Potter books in German, alternating with the English text. It’s proving to be great fun, making me go slowly and savor each chapter. These books definitely grow on you, not just standing up under re-reading, but becoming even more enjoyable.
When I read the first Harry Potter book, I enjoyed it, but I was feeling skeptical, looking for reasons that it didn’t deserve it’s wild popularity. This second book, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, completely won me over. One of J. K. Rowling’s strong points is her imaginative, humorous details. Who else would think of a pimply girl ghost named Moaning Myrtle who haunts a girl’s bathroom? Or rotting treats at a ghost’s Deathday party that the ghosts can almost taste?
One of the reason these books are such outstanding read-alouds is that they’re full of humor. The author sees the funny side of the idea of a world of wizards, and keeps us laughing over funny little details all through the books. In this book, she also pulls off a mystery story. We don’t realize that several of the imaginative details are important clues until she pulls it all together at the end.
I love these books, and find they’re getting higher on my list of favorites every time I read them. I’ve mentioned in an early issue why I don’t have much sympathy for those who want to ban them, and even feel sorry for those people’s kids. These books are fully good-hearted, and I can think of many children’s books that I can’t say that about. Yes, it makes my kids wish they were wizards, but they also know fully well that they aren’t--that they weren’t born able to do magic. The author presents a magical fantasy world, and in that world has some important things to say about good and evil. I think it’s fun that she can talk about prejudice in a way that makes every reader the target--Certain wizards despise non-magic folk. Since every reader is in that category, it’s easy to see how wrong that prejudice is.
I have heard that the fifth book is going to be published in June
of 2003. If that’s true, we should have enough time to read
all the books aloud one more time. Or try the library’s recorded
books. We now have versions at Sembach Library both on cassette
and CD. The reader is outstanding! It makes for quite a
pleasant drive to school even for my child who is not a morning person.
Hogwarts Year Three: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Hogwarts Year Four: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Hogwarts Year Five: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Hogwarts Year Six: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Hogwarts Year Seven: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows audiobook
Tales of Beedle the Bard
Copyright © 2005 Sondra Eklund. All