Ivo the orphan, together with the Hag of Dribble, Ulf the Troll, and Brian the Wizard, sets out to save Princess Mirella from the dreaded Ogre of Oglefort. When the rescuers arrive at the castle they are shocked to find that the princess doesn't want to be saved! In fact, the princess wants the ogre to turn her into a bird so she can escape an arranged marriage. To further complicate matters the Ogre isn't nearly the fearsome creature everyone believed. He's actually rather depressed. Now the rescuers are going to help save Princess Mirella from her tyrannical royal family and help restore the Ogre and his castle to the fearsome paradise it used to be. If you're looking for a fun fantasy story with a good sense of humor you will want to pick this book up! (Grades 4-7)
One autumn day a very patient father and his very curious daughter talk and ask questions as they explore their neighborhood. For all those information seekers ages 4 and up.
This is the first book of the new Scholastic Branches series Olive and Beatrix. Olive and Beatrix are twins sisters but while Olive is “normal” her sister just happens to be a witch! Beatrix loves to use her magic powers to play tricks on her science-loving twin and Olive's best friend Eddie. When one of Beatrix's pranks ruins Olive and Eddie's science project they decide to play a trick on her and rig up a bucket of spiders to fall on her head. Unfortunately their plan goes all wrong when the spiders get into one of Beatrix's potions and become giants spiders on the loose. Now Beatrix and Olive need to work together, along with the help of Eddie, to save their town from the giant creatures. Perfect first chapter book for emerging readers who want a little magic in their stories.