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WWW Wednesdays – August 8, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

A teeny bit of trouble by Michael Lee West– What I’m currently reading
Tonight I’ll be starting A Teeny Bit of Trouble by Michael Lee West, the sequel to Gone With A Handsomer Man. I hope this book is as hilarious and entertaining as the first one. You can read my review of Gone with A Handsomer Man if you missed it the first time. I highly recommend the book if you need to laugh.

– What I recently finished reading
Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven! by Fannie Flagg. Ninety-year old Elner Shimfissle climbs up a ladder to pick up figs in her fig tree when she gets attacked by a swarm of wasps. She falls off the ladder and what happens next is full of twists and surprises, all the way to the end of the book. I enjoyed how Fannie Flagg developed the characters slowly, without giving it all away at once. And what characters they are! One of my favorite parts? When Sonny the cat manages to be twenty-five years old. You’ll have to read the book to get the joke.
 
– What I think I’ll read next
Probably Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, since it’s now waiting for me at the library. It’s Bradbury’s semi-autobiographical recollection of a small-town summer in 1928, and is supposed to be very good.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Chester by Melanie Watt

What they’re currently reading
– We’ve read other books by Canadian picture book author Melanie Watt before but I recently stumbled upon her Chester the cat series and these three books are simply HILARIOUS. In each book, Chester tries to take over for Watt when it comes to telling the story because he thinks he’s much better at it than her. The fights between the character and the author, include weapons such as wry comments, pencils, markers and sticky notes, and are to die for. Even if you don’t have kids, you should read these books if you need a good laugh. The three Chester books come in this order: 
–  Chester by Melanie Watt (not by Chester, as the cover tries to tell you)
Chester’s Back
Chester’s Masterpiece

Ricky Ricotta's mighty robot by Dav PilkeyWhat they recently finished reading
My six-year old is a proud independent reader and he likes reading on his own for about an hour every night before bedtime. The challenge for me has been to find him some fun books to read that are challenging, but not too challenging so he can read them on his own. One series of books that seems to be very popular with boys his age is Dav Pilkey’s Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot books. They are full of funny space adventures without too much text on each page, fliporamas (so you can perform some of the action yourself) and there are even instructions on how to draw some of the characters at the end. So far my son has enjoyed reading these three books on his own so he’s asked me to order the rest of them from the library:
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot Vs. The Jurassic Jackrabbits From Jupiter
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. the Uranium Unicorns from Uranus
Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot Vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury
If you know a boy who’s not very good at or barely interested in reading, I recommend the Ricky Ricotta series for a little motivation.

– What I think they’ll read next
I just ordered a whole bunch of new books from the library but I’m not sure what will be arriving first. What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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WWW Wednesdays – August 1, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

Can't wait to get to heaven by Fannie Flagg

Can’t wait to get to heaven by Fannie Flagg

– What I’m currently reading
 Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven! by Fannie Flagg. Char at Joy in the Moments recently read this book and enjoyed it, so I thought I’d give it a try.

– What I recently finished reading
I read lots of books this past week, mostly because some of them were very short.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Wow! Engaging, captivating, riveting, nail biting, page-turning, cruel, brutal, scary, sad, funny… This book has it all and I loved it. It’s nice to read a book with such a strong heroin character, even though she has moments of doubt here and then. I recommend this book to anyone age 13 and up because of the mature content (killing, cruelty, etc). I can’t wait to read the next books!
Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod. There’s nothing earth shattering in this book, but rather wisdom bits about what to do with your own creativity when you’re not sure which way to go, or you feel like you’re not going anywhere. Lots of sensible advice, including ignoring the advice given by most people, especially in they are not in the creative field, and taking money out of the equation in order not to cloud your creative focus. My favorite part? When the author had dinner with Tim Burton and Burton advised him never to ignore that creative itch, because it won’t go away until you deal with it (Tip #31: The hardest part of being creative is getting used to it). So true!
The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac. This book is short and easy to read (I read it in a day) but every word is worth reading. Pennac observes how all young children love being read stories and enjoy reading on their own at first, until something goes wrong (sometimes) and children lose interest in reading. Pennac explains how parents and teachers can so easily suck the pleasure of reading out for children and gives simple advice on how to bring pleasure back. A great complement to The Book Whisperer, in which I found reference to this book. I love the 10 rights of the reader, as they make it clear reading should be about rights, not rules.
 
– What I think I’ll read next
I don’t have any more books from the library sitting on my bookshelf so I’ll see if something comes in before I’m done with my current book. Otherwise, I’ll pull something from my own bookshelf.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Wink the ninja who wanted to be noticed by J. C. PhillipsWhat they’re currently reading
Wink : The Ninja Who Wanted To be Noticed by J.C. Phillipps. While ninjas should be silent and use stealth, Wink, ninja in training, finds out his enthusiasm gets him in trouble. Will Wink find a way to express his excitement for life and his ninja skills at the same time?
The Pea Blossom by Amy Lowry Poole. Originally told by Hans Christian Andersen in Five Peas From One Pod, this new version of the story takes place in Beijing. The paintings on rice paper are a lovely touch.

Minnie and Moo save the earth by Denyz CazetWhat they recently finished reading
Minnie and Moo Save the Earth by Denys Cazet. We love the adventures of Minnie and Moo and this one is no exception. While relaxing in the farmer’s hot tub and snacking on crackers and “fromage de vache” (I’m not kidding you), the two cow friends manage to thwart an alien invasion and save the planet. Absolutely hilarious!
Alligator Boy by Cynthia Rylant. A boy puts on an alligator costume and starts living his life aso an alligator boy. The vet tells mom it’s OK as long as the boy continues going to school, where being a gator helps scaring bullies away.

– What I think they’ll read next
I’m not sure. What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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