Book Talk: Holes

by Kelsey Norwood

in Making Good


I’m always on the lookout for great books for boys, and this is a winner. I remember hearing lots of good things about this book years ago but I’d never read it until now, and it is a great story with some great lessons.

If you don’t know, the story is about a boy named Stanley Yelnats who is accused of a crime he didn’t commit and sent to a camp for delinquent boys. He makes some friends and enemies, grows up a little bit, saves a life, and figures out a mystery that makes his family rich!

The movie is also pretty good – clean and family friendly, and something boys will enjoy. I’m hoping to have girls someday (finding good books for girls seems lots easier…) but until then, I’m on the lookout for all things boy!

What are some of your favorite books for boys???


1 Bethany September 24, 2009 at 8:19 am

For little kids, I LOVE Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and Where the Wild Things Are… also the Billy and Blaze books… they are a bit old fashioned about a boy and his first pony… I may be a bit biased.

2 jenny September 24, 2009 at 8:43 am

Boy books are not my area of expertise, but I think the Harry Potters, Ender’s game for a more jr high reader, Capt underpants for younger readers, Series of Unfortunate Events, Maniac Magee, and Al Capone Does My Shirts are all good.


3 Kelsey September 24, 2009 at 8:59 am

Ooh, I just saw the preview for Where the Wild Things Are last night and it looks fun. That is one of our favorites too. And HI Bethany!!! I miss you lots at book club…your twins are looking so big and beautiful! I check your blog all the time.

I’ve never heard of Billy and Blaze, we’ll have to check those out!

4 Kelsey September 24, 2009 at 9:01 am

Ooh, those are good ones. And I’m sure you will be an expert on boy books in a few years… I still need to read Al Capon Does My Shirts and Series of Unfortunate Events. Great ideas!

5 shannon September 24, 2009 at 9:58 am

We love Animalia by Graeme Base, Eric Carle (123 to the Zoo, Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, etc.), Jan Brett (The Umbrella, The Mitten) The Hiccupotamus by Aaron Zenz, Giraffes Can’t Dance, K is for Kissing a Cool Kangaroo, Rumble in the Jungle, Chimpanzees of Happytown by Giles Andreae and more. Yes, anything animal related pleases my 3 year old boy! I asked him and he listed a few of these!

6 Ladytink_534 September 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm

I haven’t read this yet, really need to! I bet most boys (and girls) would love the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series by Rick Riordan. The first one has already been adapted to film and is supposed to come out early next year.

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