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Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess Paperback – July 14, 2003
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Top Customer Reviews
I am so saddened by what they have done to these books. In their original form, they are five star books for sure. I can only give four stars to the newer editions, however. The writing is the same but they have lost their picture book charm which made them accessible to younger kids. Even for older kids, however, a picture is worth a thousand words and would surely be greatly appreciated.
In short, I would rather own a used first edition of these books than a brand new copy of the modified version. I just wanted to point out the difference to prospective buyers.
Author Richard Platt writes a fictional diary for young readers based on ACADEMIC RESEARCH. The diary is a brilliant vehicle to make the facts fun, digestable, and memorable. Platt makes the history of a medieval castle come to life with vivid characters, action, and suspense.
Why do I say "pathetic"?
I'm a language arts teacher and therefore have some insight on the following scenario: If you ask a young reader to pick out a book, he'll inexorably choose junk like Animorphs or something by R.L. Stine, and adults are inclined to think, "Well, at least he's reading." Yeah, he's reading junk, and as he grows older he'll continue to read junk. I spent a weekend hunting down this incredible book, Castle Diary. Barnes & Noble didn't carry it, and only one of three Borders bookstores in town had it---and only one copy, at that. And yet they carry enough R.L. Stine, Animorphs, and other trash to sink a battleship. Pathetic.
Parents, expect a little more from your child's reading habits. Buy this book for starters.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
its okay but on one of the pages it shows the boy is in the restroom don't like it muchPublished 2 days ago by Michelle Combs
(from my 10 year old daughter) I like how it shows how small boys leave their homes to become a page. I also like how it shows the dates so you now how long he was there. Read morePublished 5 months ago by K. Landis
A great book for children to learn about what life was like in the past for kids. Brilliant artwork, too. A series not to be missed.Published 9 months ago by Wendy A. Emlinger
I liked it, then I loaned it to some of the middle school kids and they LOVED it. Very readable, good illustrations, and highly informative. I recommend it!Published 14 months ago by Bunny888
My son loved reading this book. Teaches a great moral lesson and kept his interest all the way through.
Nicely illustrated as well.
if your kid likes history, and mine does, and if you are tired of reading overly sappy stuff, get this and all of his books. Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by J. Stevens