WWW Wednesdays – April 24, 2013

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows– What I’m currently reading
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I started it last night and it looks intriguing so far. The whole book is a compilation of letters several people send to one another over time. Isn’t it a unique way to tell a story?

– What I recently finished reading
E. Aster Bunnymund and the Battle of the Warrior Eggs at the Earth’s Core and Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies by William Joyce, the #2 and #3 books in the Guardians of Childhood book series, which inspired the Rise of the Guardians movie. My six-year old read these books a couple of weeks before I did, and I really wondered how much he got out of them. After all, they’re each 250 pages long, with very few illustrations. I was pleasantly surprised he really understood the whole story and could recall a lot of details. If Harry Potter didn’t have so many scary parts, I’d encourage him to read the series on his own. I guess we’ll wait a couple of years before we start it.

E. Aster Bunnymund and the Battle of the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core by William Joyce Toothiana, Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies by William Joyce

– What I think I’ll read next
Probably The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. A friend of mine recently read this book and really liked it, so I’d like to see what I can get out of it.

My kids’ bookshelf

What they’re currently reading
Minnie and Moo : The Night Before ChristmasWe’ve been revisiting a few books by Denys Cazet, one of our favorite children’s book writers/illustrators. Almost every one of his books is a laugh out loud experience and the Minnie and Moo series may be some of his best.
Minnie and Moo : The Night Before Christmas. When Minnie and Moo find wrapped boxes in the barn, they realize the Farmer has, once again, forgotten where he hid the grandchildren’s Christmas presents. So they decide to deliver the gifts under the Christmas tree themselves. If you wonder what a cow dressed as Santa Claus looks like, this is the book for you!

Minnie and Moo : The Night of the Living Bed. Minnie wakes up from a nightmare about a giant mouse that eats the last bit of chocolate in the
whole world. The bed they sleep on at the top of the hill starts rolling down and Minnie and Moo gather several barnyard animals on their way to town. It’s Halloween night and Moo figures out that if they play tricks, they could get a lot of chocolate and candy.  The funniest part is when people really believe they’re kids dressed up as barn animals. They ask the cows to speak and all they can say is Moo!

– What they recently finished reading
My Brave Year of Firsts : Tries, Sighs, and High Fives by Jamie Lee CurtisMy Brave Year of Firsts : Tries, Sighs, and High Fives by Jamie Lee Curtis. Did you know Jamie Lee Curtis writes children’s books? And she’s pretty good at it too. I have to borrow some of her books again but we read this new one recently. Frankie is a first grader who learns to ride a bike, tie her shoes, make new friends, etc. She also learns that growing up is about being brave enough to try something new. This is a great book about growing up and boosting a child’s confidence!

Maple Syrup Season by Ann Purmell. This is a very interesting book that shows a family tapping maple trees, collecting the sap and taking many steps to make the best maple syrup. No wonder that stuff is so expensive…

– What I think they’ll read next
I don’t know but I’m sure it will be good stuff. What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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15 responses to “WWW Wednesdays – April 24, 2013

  1. I’m reading The Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks. It’s a nonfiction book about Muslim women. Very insightful and interesting so far. It’s for a book club. They’re keeping me on my toes by making me read more than just thrillers. :)

  2. I love the Guernsey Potato peel book (you know what I mean). That is one of my favorites. I just read Secret Daughter, about an Indian girl that is adopted to an American couple. It goes back and forth between the Indian biological mother and the American adoptive one. Really good.

  3. The epistolary style of novel goes back at least as far as ‘Clarissa’: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarissa

    Dere ain’t nuttin new under de sun :)

  4. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is another one that I’ve been wanting to read! I’ll look forward to hearing what you think of it. Those Minnie and Moo books sound like a lot of fun too.

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