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WWW Wednesdays – May 30, 2012

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My bookshelf

Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalvan– What I’m currently reading
Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him by Luis Carlos Montalvan and  Bret Witter. I’m about a third into it and have learned how Tuesday was trained to be a service dog from Day 3 of his life. I’m now learning about Montalvan’s time in the Army and his service in Iraq. He sure doesn’t have many nice things to say about military generals and the politics behind this war in general. Quite an interesting, first-hand perspective. And yes, that’s the real Tuesday on the book’s front cover. Doesn’t he look like the coolest dog?
 
– What I recently finished reading

Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West. After reading the hilarious and delightful Gone With a Handsomer Man, this book was a little disappointing. The main character is supposed to dig up some unknown information about her family’s past but by the end, nothing discovered was that earth-chattering. This is still an entertaining read, but not West’s best.
 
 – What I think I’ll read next
A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron, the sequel to his bestseller A Dog’s Purpose. I loved the first book so much, I can’t wait to read this one!
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Wow! Ocean! by Robert NeubeckerWhat they’re currently reading
Wow! Ocean! by Robert Neubecker. The latest release in Neubecker’s Wow! series is EXCELLENT! This time Lizzy and her little sister go around the world’s oceans, where they meet lots of underwater sea creatures (all are labeled so you get to see different types of whales, turtles, seashells, etc). We love it and I think this is the best one in the series.
Secret Agent Splat! by Robert Scotton. Scotton’s newest Splat adventure features a search for disappearing wooden ducks. I love Rob Scotton’s sense of humor and my kids can’t get enough of this story.
Mr Putter & Tabby Spill the Beans by Cynthia Rylant. We’re re-reading the Mr Putter & Tabby books since they’re one of our favorite series. In this one, Mr. Putter and his cat Tabby attend a cooking class with Mrs. Teaberry and her dog Zeke  to learn 100 ways to cook beans. It doesn’t take long for the beans to spill! I love Rylant’s writing style and the hilarious illustrations always are a perfect match.

What they recently finished reading
That Pesky Rat by Lauren Child (famous for her Charlie & Lola books and TV series). A brown street rat longs to be someone’s pet and have his very own name, so he asks the pet shop owner to let him post a for-sale sign. Lucky for him, an old man with extremely poor eyesight is interested in buying this “cat” (it sure read like cat on the sign!).
Goldie and the Three Hares by Margie Palatini. As Goldilocks runs away from the three bears, she falls down a rabbit hole and hurts her foot. The family of hares tries to help her but Goldie happens to be quite a demanding, borderline obnoxious, guest they can’t wait to get rid of.
Spot It!  and Spot It Again! by Delphine Chedru. In both books created by a French illustrator, kids have to find the animals hidden in colorful patterns. Both my kids love these books, even though you’d think they’re too old for them. I think it’s because everything is very well hidden, small, and hard to find.

– What I think they’ll read next
We have so many books from the library to still read, I’m sure we’ve got lots of good reading ahead of us. What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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WWW Wednesdays – October 26, 2011

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After the disappointment of Me Talk Pretty One Day, I read a wonderfully entertaining book this past week and borrowed a bunch of great books for the kids too. Good reading times!

My bookshelf

Dreamers, discoverers and dynamosWhat I’m currently reading
Dreamers, Discoverers & Dynamos: How to Help the Child Who Is Bright, Bored and Having Problems in School by Lucy Jo Palladino. I’m reading this book to help my five year old, who is a discoverer / dynamo child and has a hard time fitting into a rigid, same-for-everyone education system. There are many steps you can follow as a parent of an Edison-trait child to help him or her take advantage or their wonderful talents without getting in trouble with the people who just don’t understand how they think and function. So far, I’m enjoying the read and learning a lot. 

– What I recently finished reading
Gone With a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West. I’d never would have picked this book was it not for my book club, but I’m glad I read it because I loved it! How to describe it is the hardest part. Mix a murder mystery (add a few murders as you go), romance, deceit, humor and a whole lot of cake baking, all with a large dose of Southern flair, and it barely gives the book justice. I’m usually good at guessing mysteries but I never saw this one coming and I loved how things unwrapped, up to the very last sentence. Michael Lee West clearly doesn’t take herself too seriously and this allows her to write freely and in a fun way, giving a lot of depth to her many characters. How fun is the writing? One of the chapters start with “Here in Charleston, you can’t swing a squirrel without hitting a professional chef, but I was determined to find a cooking job.” And yes, the whole book is like that. If you’re looking for a book that has a little bit of everything, this is it!

– What I think I’ll read next
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. It’s still waiting on my bookshelf, along with other books but I’m worried I’ll have to return some before I even start reading them, just because I got all of them at the same time and the library won’t let me renew because of their popularity.

My kids’ bookshelf

– What they’re currently reading
Irving and Muktuk : Two Bad Bears by Daniel Pinkwater. We’ve read the various adventures of Irving and Muktuk in the past but they never fail to entertain and make us laugh. Who doesn’t like to see two polar bears goof around, unable to resist eating blueberry muffins? We’ll get more of the series in the near future.
Splat the Cat and the duck with no quack by Rob Scotton. This one is not as funny as the other Splat the Cat books but it’s still a great story to read with the kids. As a Level 2 book, it’s also great for emerging readers.
Days with Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel. This book contains two very funny stories and two more touching/reflective. This is another Level 2 book, great for new readers.

Llama Llama home with mama– What they recently finished reading
Llama Llama Home With Mama by Anna Dewdney. The newest book in the Llama Llama series, and it’s as cute as the others. Find out what happens when Llama Llama gets sick and has to stay home with Mama.
Into the Forest by Anthony Browne. A book that will remind readers of The Little Riding Hood but with a great twist at the end. A great read to confront fears and worries and make kids understand that sometimes, there’s no need to be afraid.

– What I think they’ll read next
As usual, this is quite unpredictable but more books are on order at the library!

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

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WWW Wednesdays – October 19, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

We found some good books to read this past week and I hope the same happened with you and your kids.

My bookshelf

Gone with a handsomer man by Michael Lee West

Gone with a handsomer man by Michael Lee West

What I’m currently reading
“Gone with a handsomer man” by Michael Lee West. I’m reading this book for my bookclub meeting next Monday. I’m about 60 pages into it and I’m really enjoying – quite a funny book! My only complaint: the font size is way too small and makes it hard to read at my regular pace.

– What I recently finished reading
“Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris. What did I think about it? Me not find this book funny. Even though the second part was not as bad as the first part, this book was still awful and I don’t understand why it’s so popular. I think I have a pretty good sense of humor but this book just isn’t funny. I like sarcasm but only if it makes me laugh, and it didn’t. Sedaris recalls his days as a drug addict and there really isn’t much to laugh about. How wants to make fun of a pathetic junkie who fries his brain cells every day and can’t seem to find his way out? Not funny. In Part Deux, Sedaris discusses stereotypes the French have about the Americans, but he doesn’t seem to realize his book is also full of stereotypes about the French. My advice to you: if you’re looking for a funny book to read, skip this one and grab anything else on the shelf. Almost anything will be funnier than this.

– What I think I’ll read next
“The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. It’s now on my bookshelf, along with a lot of other books that all showed up at the same time. Oh, I hate when that happens…

My kids’ bookshelf

The Usborne art of treasury– What they’re currently reading
“Jumanji” by Chris Van Allsburg. My kids are still too young for the movie but they’re really enjoying the book!
“Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day” by Judith Viorst. A great book to show kids that not every day goes well but we can deal with it by letting go at the end of the day.
“Go away, big green monster!” by Ed Emberley. A great book with die-cut pages that make a monster appear, and then disappear. Great for little ones who may be afraid of monsters.

– What they recently finished reading
“The Usborne Art Treasury” by Rosie Dickins. A lovely book showing 22 famous art works from around the world and step-by-step instructions for art projects you can do in the style of each artist. We borrowed this book from the library but it’s so good I’m planning to buy our own copy.
“Shark in the Dark” by Peter Bently. A great lesson to teach kids that being a small fish doesn’t mean you get to be eaten by a shark if you can unite with other small fish in the ocean. Ah, strength in numbers, what a brilliant concept.

– What I think they’ll read next
I have no idea but some books seem to be making their way slowly to our library so I’m sure we’ll have new reading opportunities by next week.

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

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