Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Emma and the Blue Genie (Cornelia Funke)

I have loved Cornelia Funke ever since Inkheart. I think she is brilliant.

I love this book because it will be a great way to introduce my students to Cornelia Funke and the book won't be too hard for them. She doesn't mince on vocabulary. The story is short enough though that even though it isn't easy reading, the brevity of the story will help kids who aren't as confident get through it. 

Might be really good for a summer book club that meets weekly!

The illustrations in the book are amazing. The cover seems to be a little Disney-eque. Blerg. The illustrations inside are amazing though. Really amazing.

Might be a good read-aloud. A discussion about what you would wish for if you had three wishes would definitely happen naturally after this book! I have to say, three days of an itchy scalp every day your brother bugs you is quite brilliant, really!

What if a genie had no whishes?

Cornelia Funke, New York Times bestselling author of Inkheart, brings her signature imagination, adventure, and humor to the youngest of middle-grade readers in this charming tale of magic lost and found.

One dark night, Emma finds a mysterious green bottle floating in the ocean. When she pulls out the stopper, she sets a blue genie free!
Most genies grant three wishes, but Karim can't grant even one anymore. A yellow genie stole his magic nose ring, leaving him small, powerless, and trapped in that bottle. Emma and her noodle-tailed dog have to help Karim get his nose ring -and his magic- back!


Early Chapter Books - Might be good for students who are good reads and need some success in getting through some chapter books. This one is short and a good quick read. Not for early readers though.
Magic - Genies, bottles, wishes, flying much!
Pets - Emma travels with her trusty dog, Tristan
Genies - this story has a good one and a bad!

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