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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 – April 4, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

My so-called freelance life by Michelle Goodman– What I’m currently reading
Tonight I will start My So-Called Freelance Life: How to Survive and Thrive as a Creative Professional for Hire by Michelle Goodman. I’ve read several books on freelancing as a professional writer already, but few of them were written by women, so this one could be interesting.
 
– What I recently finished reading
The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott. This series just keeps getting better and this book was no exception. I can’t believe they haven’t made movies out of this series.
 
– What I think I’ll read next
Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West. I read Gone with a Handsomer Man a few months ago and loved it. It was definitely one of the funniest murder stories I’ve ever read, so I’m hoping this book won’t disappoint either.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Max's chocolate chicken by Rosemary WellsWhat they’re currently reading
Lots of books with an Easter theme!
Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells. We love Max & Ruby and this has to be one of our favorite stories. Max and Ruby go on an egg hunt, the prize for the most eggs gathered being a chocolate chicken. Max can’t find any eggs but he really wants the chocolate…
The Easter Bunny That Overslept by Priscilla and Otto Friedrich. Poor Easter bunny sleepts past Easter so he tries to distribute his eggs on Mother’s Day, the Fourth of July and Halloween. Nobody is interested until dear old Santa Claus manages to get him back on track.
Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs by Janet Morgan Stoeke. When she notices several unattended, colorful eggs, Minerva Louise decides to gather them and keep them warm. Can you imagine the surprise on the faces of the East egg hunters when they can’t find any eggs?

What they recently finished reading
Too busy Marco by Roz Chast. Marco the parrot is way too busy having adventures to go to bed. My five-year old and Marco share the same aspirations: they both want to be deep sea diver artist-inventors when they grow up…
Where Is The Cake? and Where Is The Cake Now? by T.T. Khing – two wordless books with many stories within the story. And only sharp eyes will figure out what really happened to the cakes in both books.

– What I think they’ll read next
I have no idea but the surprise effect is part of the fun.

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

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