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  Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery (Paperback) 

Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery (Bunnicula Series)

James Howe, Deborah Howe, Alan Daniel (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Animal Fantasy, Humorous Stories, Mystery Books; Book Theme: Animals

"Bunnicula" by Deborah Howe, James Howe and Alan Daniel is a favorite chapter book among children. In this humorous animal fantasy book, the Monroe family finds a bunny in a movie theater and names the animal Bunnicula. Chester the cat suspects Bunnicula is a vampire rabbit. Children in elementary school will enjoy reading this funny mystery story.


  The Tale of Despereaux (Hardcover) 

The Tale of Despereaux (Newbery Medal Book)

Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Animals

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo, a 2004 Newbery Medal award winner, is one of our favorite animal fantasy books. This chapter book tells interwoven stories of three main characters. It is a tale of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse who doesn't behave like an ordinary mouse. Despereaux likes to read stories and falls in love with a princess named Pea. The Mouse Council banishes Despereaux to a dark dungeon for breaking the mouse rules of conduct. It is a tale of Chiaroscuro, a rat who lives in the darkness of dungeon but has an unusual interest in light. It is also a tale of Miggery Sow, an abused and slow-witted servant girl who longs to be a princess. After discovering the rat's plot to kidnap the princess, Despereaux bravely comes to the rescue. With a well-paced story and memorable protagonists, The Tale of Despereaux appeals children in 4th grade through 7th grade. It is a good chapter book to read aloud.


  The BFG (Paperback) 

The BFG

Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Paperback)

Genres: Fiction - Fantasy Books, Humorous Stories

BFG, the Big Friendly Giant, is a kind and lovable character. His jumbled language will get laughs out of children. BFG and Sophie, a little orphan girl, go on an adventure that ends with the capture of nine horrible giants with the help of the Queen of England. "The BFG" is one of the best children's fantasy books. Kids in 4th grade through 7th grade will enjoy this imaginative humorous story and the magic world created by author Roald Dahl and illustrator Quentin Blake.


  Half Magic (Paperback) 

Half Magic

Edward Eager (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books

"Half Magic" by Edward Eager is one of the best children's books of the 20th century. In this classic of children's literature, four siblings - Jane, Katharine, Mark, and Martha - embark on fascinating magical adventures after Jane finds a magic coin that grants half of each wish. Children come to learn they need to choose words carefully in order for magic to work as desired. "Half Magic" is a wonderful fantasy book with an engaging story, strong characters and well-thought-out plot.


  The Borrowers (Paperback) 

The Borrowers (Borrowers Series)

Mary Norton, Joe Krush, Beth Krush (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books

"The Borrowers" by Mary Norton is one of the best children' books of the 20th century and an enduring classic chapter book that has delighted generations of children. Main characters of the story are the borrowers, tiny people who borrow from humans. One borrower family -- Pod, Homily, and daughter Arrietty -- lives under the floorboards of an old English country house. A boy spotted the borrowers' daughter and they become friends. Danger looms when Mrs. Driver, the housekeeper, discovers their secret home. This engaging fantasy book is good for children in 4th grade through 7th grade.


  Eragon (Paperback) 

Eragon (Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1)

Christopher Paolini (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books

Eragon by teen author Christopher Paolini, the first book in the Inheritance Trilogy, tells an engaging tale of dragons, magic and adventure. The main character of this best selling fantasy book is Eragon, a 15-year-old farm boy in Alagaesia. When hunting in the Spine, a mountain range near his home village Carvahall, Eragon finds a blue stone that happens to be a dragon egg. After the egg hatches, Eragon raises the dragon secretly and names her Saphira. The evil Ra'zac sent by the King Galbatorix kills Eragon's uncle and destroys his home. Accompanied by old storyteller Brom, Eragon and his dragon sets out on a treacherous journey full of twists and turns. Toward the end of the story, Eragon the Dragon Rider, his newly made friend Murtagh, and Saphira arrive at Tronjheim, where the rebel force called the Varden is located. A big battle is fought in which Eragon helps defeat the enemies sent by the king. Likable protagonists and an interesting plot make it an entertaining book for both young adults and adults to read.


  Gregor the Overlander (Paperback) 

Gregor the Overlander (Underland Chronicles #1)

Suzanne Collins (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books

"Gregor the Overlander" by Suzanne Collins is a fast-paced and suspenseful fantasy book that brings readers to the fascinating Underland, inhabited by fanciful characters such as talking bats called fliers, huge spiders called spinners, giant cockroaches called crawlers, vicious rats called gnawers, and purple-eyed humans. The story starts with 11-year-old Gregor and his 2-year-old sister Boots falling through an air vent in the laundry room of their apartment complex into the Underland. They are found by the cockroaches and taken to the humans in the city of Regalia, where Gregor meets queen Luxa and his grandfather Vikus. Gregor tries to escape, but gets attacked by the rats. The humans rescue him. Vikus thinks Gregor is the Overlander warrior who can help the humans fulfill their prophecy. Gregor initially refuses, but when he hears that his dad is held prisoner by the rats in the Underland, Gregor agrees to join a quest to fight the rats. After many twists and turns, Gregor is happily united with his father. Part of the charm of this chapter book lies in its portrayal of the main character Gregor as a loving and caring big brother who rises to his challenges. Another interesting character is Ripred, a smart and powerful rat who joins the quest as a guide. "Gregor the Overlander" appeals to children in 4th grade through 7th grade.


  Rabbit Hill (Paperback) 

Rabbit Hill

Robert Lawson (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Animals

"Rabbit Hill" by Robert Lawson is one of the Newbery-award-winning classic children's books. In this gentle chapter book, animals on Rabbit Hill are anxiously waiting for the arrival of new folks. Author Robert Lawson creates a few vivid animal characters, such as gentleman-like Father Rabbit, worry-prone Mother Rabbit, grumpy Uncle Rabbit and Little Georgie the rabbit. Children in 4th grade through 7th grade will enjoy this sweet animal fantasy story.


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