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WWW Wednesdays – September 19, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

Sorry, I’m a day late for this weekly update but sometimes life gets in the way of books. I hate it when that happens.  ;-)

My bookshelf

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury– What I’m currently reading
Today I’ll (finally) start  Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury.

– What I recently finished reading
The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax. It’s unfortunate the first 100 pages of this book go very slow because the story overall is quite interesting and the pace picks up afterwards. I liked the idea of mingling four different writers’ lives, all of whom include pretty big secrets, to entice me to keep reading. I also enjoyed learning more about the publishing industry and what it takes to get a book written and out on the store shelves. The famous writers’ quotes on writing that start each chapter were a very nice touch too.
– What I think I’ll read next
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This book has been on my to-read list for quite a while, so I’m glad I finally ordered and received it from the library.
My kids’ bookshelf

Tumford the Terrible by Nancy TillmanWhat they’re currently reading
Tumford The Terrible by Nancy Tillman. If you’re a Nancy Tillman fan, plug your ears. I don’t think she’s a great artist and her illustrations look pretty cheesy. I also don’t think she’s a great writer and could use a better editor. But… my kids love this story and it’s easy to understand why. Tumford makes mistakes on a regular basis but never apologizes, even though his owners insist he must. It’s a good lesson for kids who wonder why adults are so insistant on requesting apologies. And Tumford sure makes a lot of funny looking faces.
– I love the Nana Quimby books, Cat Up A Tree and Mouse In The House by John and Ann Hassett. In Cat Up A Tree, Nana Quimby calls the fire department to help get one cat down from the tree facing her house, but they won’t help unless “the cat is playing with matches.” As new cats join the first one, Nana’s calls for help stay unanswered. So when the town gets overrun by mice, do you think Nana Quimby will help? In Mouse In The House, Nana Quimby gets a cat to get rid of the mouse, then a dog to get rid of the cat, etc. I really like the unexpected ending of this book.

Back to school for rotten ralph y Jack BantosWhat they recently finished reading
We’re big fans of the Rotten Ralph books by Jack Bantos at our house. Ralph’s attitude and behavior can be quite rotten, but his friend Sarah always ends up showing him a better way. Great, fun lessons about life for all kids.
Practice Makes Perfect for Rotten Ralph – Ralph gets tired of not winning any prizes at the carnival so he resorts to cheating, but his friend Sarah will help him find his way back to honesty.  
Back To School for Rotten Ralph. Poor Ralph, Sarah’s going back to school and he doesn’t want her to make new friends. Poor Sarah, Ralph shows up at her school and sabotages every one of her attempts to make new friends…
Rotten Ralph’s Trick Or Treat. Ralph and Sarah go to a Halloween party dressed at each other, which makes for a very rotten Sarah…

– 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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