If you can get your kids to read these books then you are doing them a favor. These books are just plain fun but they also have many hidden treasures. The books have legends and history and ancient tales for them to read and maybe even remember. These are lessons that may creep up in school. These books have some fun mixed with knowledge. I cannot think of a better thing for a kid than to read for fun and accidentally learn something. The 30 Clues series is the same. Many historical and geographic facts mixed with a fun story.
I have read every Fowl book and I am an adult. My son read them until he was TOO OLD haha, and now my daughter reads them. All of us have enjoyed the books. Colfer has a whimsical way of blending fact, fiction, science fiction, and fantasy. He has a knack.
His stories some how always have a twist or two that keep me guessing and that is why I read his books. I am a continuous reader and can rip a story to shreds because of poor flow, grammer, or just plain poor plot. Colfer can keep me interested to the last word and I love it.
I am an adult. I am a Cardiac Anesthesiologist. I read constantly and I read Colfer.
Oh yes and the Time Paradox is a great adition to the Fowl collection.
My teenage daughter loves to read and has thoroughly enjoyed Riordan's books. I have also read these stories and they are very well written. I am an extremely difficult to please reader and I actually enjoyed this book. I prefer paper to my MP3 but the plot and story line was well thought out and planned. The flow is great and the Greek history or Greek God stories actually play a phenomenal part in the stories. The way the author flows the historical stories of the Greek gods with the present is inspiring and just fun. He leaves something for the next book and keeps you wanting more. I believe Rick Riordan is very talented writer and I read about 30 to 40 novels per year and listen to the same amount.