Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip & Dan Heath. I’m more than half way through it and I’ll share my opinion about this book in next week’s update.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith. I found the beginning entertaining, as Lincoln goes through training to become a vampire slayer (Buffy still kicks more ass in my opinion). Things started to turn a little gross as Lincoln slayed more vampires, then even more gross. When Lincoln became president, he stopped slaying vampires and I got bored. And then there’s the whole idea of slavery and the civil war (and all other wars, apparently) that seem to be the result of the neverending appetite of vampires. I finally lost interest and skimmed through the last quarter of the book. Unless you really like vampire stories, I’m not sure I can recommend you this book.
- What they’re currently reading
- National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever. If you have a kid who loves dinosaurs, this is the book to get. It’s got large pictures and lots of data about each dinosaur. We have several dinosaur books but none of them is as complete as this one. A big hit with my four-year old!
- The Lemon Sisters by Andrea Chen. On her 80th birthday, a woman watches three young sisters play outside in the snow, remembers good times with her own sisters, and receives several birthday surprises. A WONDERFUL, lovely story about sisterhood and family. I loved it and my kids enjoyed it too.
- Gilbert Goldfish Wants a Pet by Kelly DiPucchio. Gilbert would love to have a pet of his own and he gets to evaluate a few possible choices. None of them seem right until Fluffy, with his long tail and whiskers, appears. The ending is not what you expect and my kids loved the effect of surprise!
- What they recently finished reading
- Tyrone and the Swamp Gang by Hans Wilhelm. Tyrone is a big dinosaur bully and almost everyone has joined his Swamp Gang. Boland and his friends try to resist Tyrone’s pressure by teaching him a good lesson. This is a great book on bullying showing how to “beat the bully” at his own game.
- No Place Like Home by Jonathan Emmett. Mole decides to look for a new home and gets a little help from his friends, but no place seems just right. A very sweet story about the true fact that “there’s no place like home”, with beautiful watercolor illustrations.
- Diamond in the Snow by Jonathan Emmett. Mole experiences his first snow and even finds a sparkling “diamond”, otherwise known as an icicle, he runs to show his friends. The illustrations are even more beautiful in this book and my kids enjoyed this story a lot.
- What I think they’ll read next
I just got a whole bunch of books at the library and there are even more of them waiting for me. Yikes, so much reading ahead of us!
What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?
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