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WWW Wednesdays – February 1, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

I skipped last week’s WWW Wednesdays update because the boys and I haven’t had a lot of time to read, with our many trips to hospitals and my many hours on the phone after my husband’s accident. Things are settling down a little bit fortunately and we’ll start a new routine next week when my husband starts the all-day rehab program. Here are some of the books we’ve been reading in the past couple of weeks.

My bookshelf

The mysterious Benedict society– What I’m currently reading
I’m just finishing The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, a young adult novel. This is a very entertaining and adventurous read. It was hard to put down and although I found some of the storyline a little far stretched, I really enjoyed reading it. This book has a sequel I’d like to read but this story wraps up on its own, without a cliffhanger to force you into the sequel.

– What I recently finished reading
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. I just couldn’t make myself like this book and I flipped the pages to finish it. I just feel Anne is an obnoxious, self-centered girl and I didn’t care for her. The book was way too full of overstretched rosy descriptions, which made my reading experience boring.

– What I think I’ll read next
My February book club choice is The Innocent by Harlan Coben, a murder / thriller story.

My kids’ bookshelfAll about Sam

What they’re currently reading
All About Sam by Lois Lowry. We’re all enjoying reading this book, as Lois Lowry is a real genius at putting herself in a child’s shoes. She really knows how they think and act. My kids relate to Sam and what happens to him throughout the book so I know she’s spot on. I’d never would have known about this chapter book if my son’s teacher didn’t read it to him in class. If you have kids 4 and over, this is a great read for them.
Lon Po Po : a Red-Riding Hood story from China by Ed Young. Three sisters at home alone invite a wolf disguised as their grandmother inside. Fortunately the eldest finds a way to outsmart the hungry guest.

What they recently finished reading
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein.  This is the true story of Philippe Petit, a French street performer who stretched a cable between the two Twin Towers in New York City as they were almost completed and walked in between them for almost an hour. The book was written in 2003 and it discreetly mentions the towers being gone but still there in memory, with Petit walking among the clouds.
Dogzilla and Kat Kong by Dav Pikley. These are very funny spoofs of the original stories, featuring hilarious pictures (and dialogs) of real cats, mice, dogs and hamsters.

– What I think they’ll read next
We have so many books from the library, it’s going to take us some time to read them all. We’re expecting fun reading times ahead of us and I’ll highlight our favorite books over the next few weeks.

What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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WWW Wednesdays – January 18, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

– What I’m currently reading
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery. If you’re a fan of this book and the others that follow I apologize in advance if my comments shock you. I’m about a third into it and I’m finding this book a real drag. Sooooo slow, with such long, overdone descriptions of everything and barely a plot to grab my interest. And the writing style is extremely outdated. I doubt this book would get picked up by any publisher today without some serious editing. And on top of it all, Anne can’t shut up, as she rambles on and on for half of every chapter, following or preceding a temper tantrum. Gosh I hope it gets better…

– What I recently finished reading
Deck the Halls by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark. Fun and entertaining. As usual the good guys catch the bad guys and there’s plenty of suspense in between.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. A mix of drama, sci-fi, autobiography and humor, all wrapped up in an absurd tale. This is not specifically my type of novels, but I enjoyed the writing style. So it goes.

– What I think I’ll read next
I’ve got a few books waiting on my bookshelf so I’ll have to check which one needs to go back to the library first before I make my pick.

My kids’ bookshelf

What they’re currently reading
Mr Putter and Tabby ring the bell by Cynthia RylantMr Putter & Tabby Ring the Bell by Cynthia Rylant. I’m so glad there’s finally a new Mr Putter & Tabby because we’ve read all the other ones. This new adventure is as hilarious and sweet as the rest.
All about Sam by Lois Lowry. My five year old read this book with his kindergarten teacher and he asked that we read it at home too. This is the story of Sam, his parents, and his sister Anastasia, from the first day he was born into his toddler years. Right now, we’re in the middle of the Terrible Twos…
My friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann. Rabbit’s got a lot of ideas and things tend to go wrong every time, but Mouse still lets him play with his airplane because they are friends. A great lesson about friendship and forgiveness.

What they recently finished reading
One by Kathryn Otoshi. Probably one of the BEST books on bullying, showing how it just takes one to make everyone count. It’s also a fun book on colors and shapes. I really like this book a lot, and my kids do too. I highly recommend it for kids from age 2 to 6.
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld. Cloudette, the littlest cloud of them all, finds a way to do something big and important like the other clouds. A great message for little kids to find a purpose and make a difference, no matter their size.

– What I think they’ll read next
I picked up a very large bag of books at the library this afternoon. I had requested some of them ahead of time. As for the rest, my three year old and I picked them right off the shelves, so I hope we have some good ones in the pile.

What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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