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Hatchet and the Brian Robeson series — Love ’em!

December 3, 2012

Right now my boys are 7, 5 and almost 3.  About a year ago, my husband started reading chapter books aloud to the boys.  He read them all of the books of the Chronicles of Narnia.  I’m so glad that he started that.  We fell in love with reading good books aloud to the children.  I don’t recall that my parents read books aloud to me and my siblings (maybe when we were toddlers but definitely not when we were school age).   Perhaps that is why I never got into reading story books when I was school age — I had no love of reading because it was not introduced to me.  I read school assignments and that was it.  I guess TV and movies were easier to consume than reading.  Oh, well.

We have recently stumbled upon Gary Paulsen’s Brian Robeson series, starting with Hatchet.  We’ve finished The River and are now a few chapters into Brian’s Hunt.   (Hat tip to JM Cremps for listing Hatchet in their boys adventure catalog!)  Update: We finished Brian’s Hunt which was even better than the first two.  Then we read Brian’s Winter which was also more excellent than Hatchet and The River.  I’m not sure which of the two (Hunt or Winter) I liked better — both were great!

If your kids like the outdoors and the wilderness or survival-themed books, I highly recommend this series.  There were a few annoying things, especially in Hatchet — some repetition and narrative about “the secret” which my husband and I edited out of our read aloud (because our boys are so young).  I, personally, was a bit disappointed in the ending of The River but I still thought that it was overall a good book and the boys enjoyed it.

I’d love to hear from you!  Have you read the Brian Robeson books?  What are your favorite adventure novels for children?

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