Friday, June 2, 2017


It's time for summer reading! Not that I actually know what that is. But, apparently, a lot of people only read in the summer. In fact, some schools stupidly force kids to read during the summer, which seems like a mistake to me. Take something fun and turn it into homework at a time when you're not supposed to have any homework and it's no wonder so many kids are turned off to reading.

But, I digress.

It IS time for summer reading, and Galleons Lap is here to help! Our collection contains titles for everyone, and this handy-dandy guide will help you determine which book(s) to buy for your kid(s):

1001 Arabian Nights
WHAT IS IT? A new version of the classic Arabian Nights tales (Aladdin, Ali Baba, etc) specifically written for contemporary readers.
WHAT HAPPENS? To save herself and her kingdom from a cursed king, a clever woman called Scheherazade tells the king story after story, all intertwined and connected, so that it takes a thousand and one nights to finish. Stories include the adventures of Sindbad, the unlucky sailor, a prince who is turned into a monkey, a hunchback who gets the last laugh on all his friends, a peasant whose life is changed by a magic lamp and many more unforgettable adventures.
WHO WILL LIKE IT? Kids who like exciting adventure stories with magic and mystery will probably enjoy this one. It's not very long and there are pictures, so it shouldn't be too overwhelming.
THE FIRST PARAGRAPH: In ancient times there lived a sultan, a king, who ruled over his people with a kind and understanding hand. The rest of him was pretty nice, too. Why was the king so nice? Why was he so favorable and happy? Because he had the love of a beautiful woman. He made her his sultana (like a queen) and they lived together in wedded bliss for many years, and the people of the kingdom were very happy which, I know sounds more like the end of a fairy tale than the beginning, but just wait.
Also available as an ebook

Shelly Hobbes: Master Detective
WHAT IS IT? An adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories for young readers.
WHAT HAPPENS? An orphan named Shelly idolizes the great detective, Sherlock Holmes, and wants to be just like him. With the help of her best friend, Warren (her own personal "Dr. Watson"), she solves many baffling mysteries. Who stole the answers to the big test? Why did the Redheads' Club disband? And what is the secret of the monstrous dog who haunts Grimpin Park?
WHO WILL LIKE IT? Fans of stories about cool girls like Harriet the Spy or Coraline will probably like Shelly's adventures. If they know Sherlock, they'll enjoy this new take on the stories. If not, it could be a good way to introduce them to the adventures of that great detective. Sorry to say, boys probably won't want to read it because it's about a girl, but try anyway.
SAMPLE: Shelly Hobbes and the Bro-He-Men Scandal
ALSO AVAILABLE: Shelly Hobbes Returns and The Shelly Hobbes Casebook
Also available as an ebook
Once Upon a Time and Long Ago
WHAT IS IT? 30 silly fairy tales for kids of all ages.
WHAT HAPPENS? You won't find stories like Snow White and Cinderella in this book. Everyone knows those stories, and I'll never be able to do them as well as Walt Disney did anyway, so why bother? No, I've collected thirty lesser known stories from all over the world, and even thrown in one or two originals. These stories are light-hearted, entertaining, funny and uplifting (you might even learn something from them,  but don't let that turn you off entirely).
WHO WILL LIKE IT? Fairy tale fans will enjoy learning about characters besides Goldilocks and Red Riding Hood. We also recommend this title for people who like funny stories, like the works of A. A. Milne and Edward Lear. Also, and this is neither here nor there, but that previous sentence is the first time I ever spelled the word "recommend" correctly on the first try! Yay for me!
SAMPLE STORY: "The Sword Tree"
ALSO AVAILABLE: Long Ago and Far Away and And They All Lived Happily Ever After
Also available as an ebook

Owen Harris: Paranormal Investigator #1, The Ghost Dog of Santa Mina
WHAT IS IT? A ghost story about the world's foremost ten-year-old paranormal investigator, Owen Harris!
WHAT HAPPENS? When Owen Harris moves into a new house, he finds a ghost in his sister's closet. Taking everything he's learned from his favorite movie hero, Ace Hunter, Owen investigates the ghost to discover what it's "unfinished business" might be.
WHO WILL LIKE IT? The Owen Harris books are intended for kids who are just starting to read chapter books on their own. Fans of books like Encyclopedia Brown or Goosebumps will enjoy the silly, supernatural stories and they are very easy reads so they're not too daunting.
SAMPLE: Meet Owen Harris HERE
ALSO AVAILABLE: The Witch Across the Street and You're Dating a Werewolf!
Flunkerer's Fables
WHAT IS IT? 20 fairy tales from the long-forgotten writer, Freddy Flunkerer.
WHAT HAPPENS? In addition to twenty wonderfully unusual fairy tales, you will also find the story of Freddy Flunkerer, who lived hundreds of years ago in a country that no longer exists and who nobody ever even heard of until I discovered an old copy of one of his books and translated it. Freddy saw things differently and his fairy tales were different, too. Sometimes, the beautiful princess was the bad guy and sometimes the fire-breathing dragon was the hero.
WHO WILL LIKE IT? Readers of books like The Princess Bride, Wicked or J. K. Rowling's Tales of Beedle the Bard will enjoy these fractured fairy tales. We also recommend it for kids who are starting to feel that they're getting "too old" for fairy tales. It might rekindle their love of fantasy. At least I hope it will.
Also available as an ebook

The Epic of Gabria
WHAT IS IT? A young adult novel full of adventure, magic, excitement and even romance.
WHAT HAPPENS? Gabria is the unwanted daughter of a powerful chieftain. But when a bigger, more terrible man comes to take over their village, Gabria must save her people from his tyrannical rule. She is aided by her new friend Asa, who is the worst hunter who ever lived, her ever faithful pet porcupine, Autsch, a couple of silly old people and even a dragon!
WHO WILL LIKE IT? Gabria is a lovable, relatable heroine that girls will like immediately. If you like books like Island of the Blue Dolphins you're sure to enjoy this story.
FIRST PARAGRAPH: Way up North, in the Northiest Northernmost Northland (well, maybe not quite that North, but still pretty North as Northness goes) there lived a terrible Warrior King who traveled the land conquering every village and township he came across. He would just show up one day, announce he was in command, use up all the town’s resources, then move on, taking only the biggest and strongest with him to his next conquest. He was called Krieger Konig and this is the story of how he was defeated and how the world was changed not by force, violence or cruelty, but by love and courage and by the true strength of a clever girl called Gabria.
Also available as an ebook


WHAT IS IT? A young adult novel based on the famous story of Puss In Boots
WHAT HAPPENS? An unwanted girl named Corie adopts an abandoned kitten called Boots and they become best friends. When a magical wish gives Boots the power to talk, he uses his newfound speech to help Corie become rich and famous. But can this cat outwit a monster, deceive a king and bring peace to two kingdoms all by himself?
WHO WILL LIKE IT? Readers of fantasy adventures or stories based on talking animals will enjoy Boots. It's funny and exciting and it's based on a familiar story.

Tairy Fales


WHAT IS IT? A very small book containing twelve fairy tale "mashups."
WHAT HAPPENS? I've taken two (or more) fairy tales and mushed them together to make these new fairy tales. Hansel and Gretel mixed with the Three Little Pigs, Snow White mixed with the Three  Bears, one that's a mashup of Rumplestiltskin, The Shoemaker and the Elves, Rapunzel and Tom Thumb.
WHO WILL LIKE IT? Fans of the silly, the nonsensical and the absurd will like this book. Reluctant readers will also like how tinny it is.

WHAT IS IT? A young adult novel about fear. With scary monsters and terror lurking around every corner.
WHAT HAPPENS? Our hero, Shivers, is too stupid to know when to be afraid. But, if he wants to win the hand of the girl he loves, he must learn what fear is. So he sets off on an adventure that will, hopefully, scare the pants off him.
WHO WILL LIKE IT? Boys who found the last book too cutesy will probably like this one. It's got some scary bits in, some excitement, adventure and the climax is very suspenseful. Of course, it's also funny, like everything else on this list.
CHAPTER ONE:What are you afraid of? Darkness? That’s pretty common. Not knowing what’s around you in the dark at night. Snakes? Spiders? Yes, they can be very scary, especially if you don’t know much about them. Ghosts? Vampires? Monsters under the bed?
            There are other things you might be afraid of, of course. Everyone is afraid of something. You yourself—yes, you, the person reading this book right now—have probably felt fear once or twice in your life. Remember that feeling? Your heart pumping, sweat running down your face…did you shiver? Did you shake? Did you feel like screaming or crying or running away?
Well, guess what? It’s okay if you did.
Like I said, everyone is afraid of something. But for some reason we tend to think less of people for being afraid of a different thing than we’re afraid of. A person who fears snakes might call you a coward for fearing spiders. And that’s really not fair. I have no idea what you’re afraid of, but I’m here to tell you that whatever it is, it’s okay. Fear is normal. Fear is healthy. Fear stops us from walking into traffic or climbing into the tiger habitat at the zoo or running into a burning building.
What if there was a puppy in the middle of the road about to get run over?
What if someone else had fallen into the tiger habitat and couldn’t get out?
What if a little kid was trapped in that burning building?
When you see a firefighter running into a burning building to make sure there’s nobody inside, do you think they don’t feel afraid? Of course they do! They’re running headlong into a burning building! What makes them brave is the fact that they’re doing what they have to do even though they’re afraid.
Fear is normal. Overcoming fear is brave. Overcoming it to help someone else is called heroism.
But, take my word for it. Only an idiot is never afraid of anything.
Which brings me to our hero: Shivers.
Shivers was not his real name, of course. His real name was…you know, I forget. Nobody ever called him by his real name. Everyone just called him “Shivers.” Isn’t that right, Shivers?
“Yup! It surely is!”
And why do they call you that?
“Um…I don’t know.”
Well, I’ll tell you.
Have you ever seen a big guy who people call “Tiny?” Or maybe a really fat guy who everyone calls “Slim?” Remember “Little” John from Robin Hood? These are what we call “ironic” nicknames, because they’re the opposite of what’s true.
“So, they call me Shivers because…I don’t shiver?”
That’s right. You don’t shiver. You don’t tremble, shake, shudder, get goose pimples or in any way display the emotion of fear.
“Why not?”
Because you’re an idiot.
“That’s not very nice!”
What’s two plus two?
“Um…its, um…okay, point taken.”
Let’s take an example from Shivers’ real life to illustrate what I’m talking about here:­
When he was very young, a lion came out of the woods to attack his father’s flock of sheep. His two elder brothers, both of whom had brains, ran away out of fear of the ferocious lion. Shivers, however, walked straight up to the lion and said, “Kitty?”
To make a long (and rather unpleasant) story short, the lion lunged at Shivers and sunk his teeth into the boy’s left leg. He survived the attack, but he never quite walked right after that.
His father shouted at him; scolded him for not being more sensible. But his mother was kind and gentle and far more understanding than her husband. All she cared about was that her youngest son was a nice, sweet boy. She didn’t care that he was so dumb he didn’t even know to run away from a savage lion.
But, aside from his mother, practically everyone in their village thought Shivers was a freak for not being afraid, which is why they teased him with the name “Shivers,” since he was the only person they knew who never shivered about anything.
“Gee, I wish I could shiver!”
Well, just wait. That’s what this story is about. It’s the story of the boy who left home to learn how to shiver.
“Really? What’s the boy’s name?”
It’s…it’s you, Shivers. It’s about you.
“Oh. Neato!”
Oh well. On with the story.

Incidentally, all of these titles are also available at Amazon and other online retailers. 

So check out the Galleons Lap collection today and have a great summer!