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By Roslyn Carrington
THE KIDS have oodles of time on their
hands for the next few weeks, so why not
load them up with some good books? But
how can you know what's GOOD? Fear
not; not only am I a book junkie, but I am
also a closet KIDS' book junkie. I don't just
read children's books to my kids, I read
them for my own pleasure. Here are
some of my favourites.
THE ARTEMIS FOWL SERIES
Ages 10 to old fools like me
Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old genius over-
lord of a notorious crime empire, holding
on for his dad, who is missing and pre-
sumed dead. The young crime magnate
has fallen on hard times, so Arty decides
to kidnap a leprechaun and ransom her
back for a ton of fairy gold.
Except that what he captures isn't a
midget with an Irish accent, but a LEPre-
con, the female captain of a highly skilled,
supernatural SWAT-like anti-terrorism
unit who are well armed, tech-savvy and
able to fly. The head of the tech depart-
ment is a centaur called Foaly, and the
rescue is facilitated by a steel-jawed
dwarf who eats and poops rocks. It's best
to read this series in order. Available lo-
Bonus: Challenge your kids to pronounce
the author's name: Eoin. (My money's on
Verdict: Geek out! You'll fight your kids
THE MIDDLE SCHOOL SERIES
Ages 10 and up
Remember James Patterson, with his
tense, blood-spattered espionage
thrillers? Well, he writes for children too,
and very well indeed. His Middle School
series starts with Middle School: Worst
Years of my Life, in which Rafe Katchado-
rian enters middle school for the first time
and challenges himself to break every sin-
gle rule in the school manual, one by one.
Patterson is hilarious, and you'll love the
Wimpy-Kid-esque cartoons on every
page. Available locally.
Verdict: Smart, brash, and funny. Rafe is
a rascal, but a loveable one.
CALVIN AND HOBBES
When I realised that my son had never
read Calvin and Hobbes, I marched over to
a major local chain and demanded it. The
20-something store clerk gave me a va-
cant look and said, "Who and who?"
I was floored. How could an generation
grow up NOT sharing the adventures of
6-year-old Calvin, a.k.a. Spaceman Spiff,
and his fuzzy-bellied tiger? Has the world
gone mad? You MUST introduce your
children to what is being hailed as the only
comic series worthy of being mentioned
in the same breath as Peanuts.
You might have to bring it in, though, as I
haven't seen them locally.
Verdict: Slightly less funny for me these
days, since a flesh and blood Calvin has
taken up residence in my house, but you
guys should be okay.
WHEN DAD KILLED MOM
Ages 14 and up
This one was a little gritty. It's the mov-
ing, first-person account of a teenage girl
and her brother, reeling after a horrifying
act of domestic violence. What do you do
when your father, whom you love, points
a loaded gun at your mother and pulls the
trigger? And what if he begs you to lie
and give him an alibi, sparing him from a
life in prison? Should be available at
Verdict: You'd think it would be heavy,
and it is, just a little. But it is honest and
moving and beautifully written, and could
be a great avenue for opening up a con-
versation on domestic violence with your
MY WEIRD SCHOOL DAZE SERIES
Dan Gutman and Jim Paillot
Ages 6 and up (but you might have to
read it to the younger ones)
There are approximately 120 gazillion ti-
tles in this series, and all of them have
wacky, alliterative titles, like Mrs Dole is
Out of Control! And Mr. Toney is Full of
Baloney! Grade schooler AJ and his class-
mates romp all over the school and have
adventures. And never get past Page 23
in their Maths book, ever...even though
their Math teacher, Mr Granite, is From
Verdict: Very short, great fun. My daugh-
ter goes through these like peanuts.
WOW! I enjoyed that! Methinks I'll do
some more soon! See you then.
SAME GARDEN-GROWN GOODNESS, same cool
ambience, a little more food, more gardening, and more
fun for kids.
The popular Green Market in Santa Cruz will now be
open every Sunday from today, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00
p.m. Nkosi Felix, manager of the Green Market, hints
at a few Sunday specials: live music and entertain-
ment. "The Sunday Market should become an outing
for families who want to relax together for a few hours
n the traditional rest day. Explore our garden, breathe
esh air, look at the hummingbirds, smell the flowers.
hat's what we mean by the Sunday slogan: Bringing
Many persons have lamented that they are unable to
attend on Saturdays because of work, religion or chil-
dren's activities. It is hoped that these families and
their friends will become regulars at the Sunday Mar-
As usual, patrons can look out for organic or chemical-
free produce, wholesome, just-picked fruits, vegeta-
bles, greens and roots. Look out for an expanded
garden shop with specialty trees, flowers and acces-
sories. Specialty craftspersons and entrepreneurs have
grown through an interactive process with customers.
You can also enjoy a fresh breakfast, including Creole
cocoa from Astrida; bake and choka from Deborah;
Sabrina's chutneys and Hinga's fresh natural juices in
our Juice Bar. Expanded brunch offerings will be avail-
able for those leaving church or on their way to Mara-
cas. Takeaway selections include barbecues and grills,
Creole lunches or Mayaro Tide fish broth.
Look for the Green Market page on Facebook!
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