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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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WWW Wednesdays – July 25, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

The hunger games by Suzanne Collins

The hunger games by Suzanne Collins

– What I’m currently reading
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Oh my gosh, I can’t stop turning the pages. This is the worst book to read before going to bed!

– What I recently finished reading
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. This is a very interesting book entirely dedicated to introverts so introverts and extraverts alike can understand them better. I like the real life examples and strategies to help introverts at home, at school and at work to be themselves and develop their full potential. The U.S. has put a lot of emphasis on extraverts in the past few decades, often picturing introverts as the “anti-social” individuals rather than the thinkers they really are. This is a sad trend, especially when you realize how little independent  thinking and creativity is going on in schools and in the corporate world today. My favorite part in the book? The fact that introverts don’t like small talk. Haha, this is so true!
 
– What I think I’ll read next
I wish I’d known how excellent and addictive The Hunger Games would be so I’d ordered the next two books from the library before I even received the first one. Now, I’m left without the sequels after I finish it, so I’ll grab a book that’s been waiting for me for a few weeks on my bookshelf: Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Cork & Fuzz by Dori ChaconasWhat they’re currently reading
Cork & Fuzz by Dori Chaconas. Fuzz the possum and Cork the muskrat become best friends despite their many differences, including their habitat, eating habits and everyday activities. This is actually a whole series of books and my kids like them all. The stories and illustrations are cute and very engaging. Other books in this series we’ve been reading and we like are:
Cork & Fuzz – The Swimming Lesson (perfect for my kids learning to swim)
Cork & Fuzz – The Baby Sitters
Cork & Fuzz – Short & Tall (very, very funny)

The top job by Elizabeth Cody KimmelWhat they recently finished reading
The Top Job by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. On Career Day, a young girl tells her class about her father’s exciting job as light bulb changer at the top of the Empire State Building. Believe it or not, it’s a real job and it’s quite a challenge to get all the way up there!
How To Make An Apple Pie And See The World by Marjorie Priceman. Since the market is closed, a girl travels around the world to gather the ingredients for making an apple pie. A chicken for the egg in France, a cow for the butter in England, a few more stops, and all the way back to Vermont for the apples. Who knew making an apple pie could be such an adventure?

– 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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WWW Wednesdays – July 11, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

Stay Close by Harlan Coben

– What I’m currently reading
I finished Dolores Clairborne last night so tonight I’ll be starting the brand new Harlan Coben, Stay Close. I’ve read a couple of his books before (my favorite was Tell No One) and I have to read this one for my July book club. I’m not sure I need another book that keeps me up at night at this point (see below).

 – What I recently finished reading
Dolores Clairborne by Stephen King. King really knows how to make his readers turn page after page, without being able to put the book down. This book is written as a long monologue by Dolores Clairborne, without a single break (no chapters, no spaced paragraphs). I lost a few hours of sleep reading this book because I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. It all wraps up very nicely and you can’t help but root for Dolores Clairborne. What a character! 
 
– What I think I’ll read next
Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod. Steph at Smile, Kiddo recommended I read it so I took on her advice and finally got it from the library. I also just found out I’ve got a whole bunch of books that arrived at the library and I can’t wait to go get them!
 
My kids’ bookshelf

Mars needs moms by Berkeley BreathedWhat they’re currently reading
Mars needs moms! by Berkeley Breathed. We LOVE this book! A disgruntled boy doesn’t see what his mom is good for, except feeding him broccoli and making him do chores. When Martians kidnap her and take her back to their planet, he realizes how much he loves her and tries to get her back. But in the end, his mom is the one sacrificing herself to save his life. My kids felt a little anxious when the mom took off her helmet to put it on her son’s head and she ran out of air, but I think it made them realize how far a mom will go for her child.
The Barking Mouse by Antonio Sacre. A Spanish-speaking mouse family enjoys their picnic but when a hungry cat shows up, they can’t figure out how to chase him away. Mother mouse saves the day by demonstrating her ability to speak another language (BARK!). This is a great lesson about the usefulness of speaking several languages and I even got to practice some Spanish while reading this Cuban folkore inspired story.
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Little Pea hates eating the main course for dinner, which happens to be candy every day. But his parents won’t let him have his spinach dessert until he cleans his plate. Hilarious!

The boy who lived with sealsWhat they recently finished reading
–  The Boy Who Lived With the Seals by Rafe Martin. This Native American story is so well told that my five-year old asked me if it was a strue story. A boy gets lots on his way back to the tribe and disappears. A year later his parents find him swimming with seals and try to return him to the tribe but his behavior is quite unusual and re-adaptation proves to be difficult.
Mr Putter & Tabby Take the Train by Cynthia Rylant. Mr Putter and Mrs Teaberry try to take Tabby and Zeke on a train ride, but when they’re told no pets are allowed on the train, they find creative ways to get around the rule.
Mr Putter & Tabby Feed the Fish by Cynthia Rylant. Mr Putter decides to adopt a few goldfish but Tabby and her twitching tail can’t handle the new stimulation. Poor Tabby can’t stop batting the fishbowl. Bat. Bat. Bat. oh, what to do with the fish? I love Tabby’s fish eyes! No matter how many times we read the Mr Putter & Tabby books, we can’t get tired of them.

– What I think they’ll read next
I have no idea! What about you? Any books you or your kids are reading you’d like to share?

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