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WWW Wednesdays – September 5, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

The accidental bestseller by Wendy Wax– What I’m currently reading
The Accidental Bestseller by Wendy Wax, for my book club meeting at the end of the month. It’s chick lit, which is a perfect change of pace after reading the Hunger Games series. The only thing I can’t stand is how small the font is, and how tiny the line spacing is too. I need to get me one of those magnifying rulers or I’ll never finish this book in a decent amount of time.

– What I recently finished reading
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. I found this book the hardest to read out of all three. Not because of the writing (it was well written like the others) but because of the content. I deeply felt Katniss’s pain as she struggles to recognize the good from the evil, and even if there is any good left in her world. This book is excellent at portraying the horrors of war and how quickly people can lose their humanity, no matter when and where the war takes place. A great series with a hopeful ending.
– What I think I’ll read next
Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine. I swear, this time it will be my next book!
My kids’ bookshelf

Blowin' in the wind by John MuthWhat they’re currently reading
John Muth is one of my very favorite children’s book authors and illustrators. Not only can he tell a story beautifully, but his watercolor paintings are simply gorgeous, full of life and emotion. Some of them honestly deserve to be on display in an art museum. We have several of his books on our shelf right now, so I’ll highlight a few of them this week, and a few more next week.
Stone Soup by John Muth is the retelling of the famous tale, but this one takes place in a small village in China. Three wise monks trick a poor, frightened community into finding happiness through generosity.
The Three Questions by John Muth is based on a story by Leo Tolstoy. Nikolai asks his three animal friends to help him answer three important questions: “When is the best time to do things?” “Who is the most important?” and “What is the right thing to do?” But the true answer will eventually come from an old and wise turtle. This is a very philosophical book I enjoyed more than my kids, so I’ll need to reread it with them when they’re a little older. Do you know the answers to these three questions? You can take a guess in the comments box!
Blowin’ in the Wind by John Muth, which comes with a CD of Bob Dylan’s original recording and displays the words on each page spread. At the end of the book, John Muth explains how he came up with his illustrations, such as including using a flying paper airplane to make it easier for children to get  the imagery of “blowin’ in the wind”.

Who's at the door by Jonathan AllenWhat they recently finished reading
Who’s At The Door by Jonathan Allen.The big bad wolf wears several disguises (an old lady, a police officer and a baby) to make his way into the three pigs’ house. They’re not fooled but quickly get annoyed. So they decide it’s time to get rid of the wolf by wearing their own disguise (a bigger badder wolf). My kids LOVED reading this book over and over, using the flaps to open and slam the door in the wolf’s face.
Fartiste by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer. Ironically my six year old enjoyed this book a lot more than his little brother. I was personally fascinated to read the real story of French performer Joseph Pujol, who as a little boy realized he could control his farts. Pujol grew up to become “Le Petomane” at the turn of the 20th century, making audiences at the Moulin Rouge laugh with his animal noises, songs, etc. The book even includes a short biography of Joseph Pujol.

– 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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