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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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WWW Wednesdays – October 12, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

This has been a very unproductive week in reading for me but my kids have found some great books to read, so I’m happy for them.

My bookshelf

Me talk pretty one day by David SedarisWhat I’m currently reading
“Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris. Yes, I’m still reading this book and I’m about half way through. I thought I’d enjoy reading it much more, but apart from some funny moments, this type of humor doesn’t agree with me. I do like caustic humor and sarcasm but this guy is just not that funny. I only hope it gets better in the second part.

– What I recently finished reading
“Nurture by Nature: Understand Your Child’s Personality Type – And Become a Better Parent” by Paul Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger. I still have to write a separate post about this and I think you’ll want to pick up the book afterwards and see how this can help you understand your kids better.

– What I think I’ll read next
“The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. This book is patiently waiting for me at the library, along with a few others. I hope I enjoy the read more than “Me Talk Pretty One Day”. I need a good book right now!

My kids’ bookshelf

The pout-pout fish in the big-big dark– What they’re currently reading
I just got my kids a whole bunch of books on nature, science and the human body and we’re enjoying learning more about everything every day.
“You Can’t Taste a Pickle With Your Ear: A Book About Your 5 Senses” by Harriet Ziefert – a book with funny illustrations and cool rhymes to learn more about the 5 senses.
“Amazing Bats” by Seymour Simon – a short book but full of interesting information about bats. Did you know the giant flying ox has a wingspan of 6 feet? Yikes!
“The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark” by Deborah Diesen – a really cool, cool book about Pout-Pout Fish conquering his fears of the dark to retrieve a pearl, and finding encouragement along the way every time he’s ready to give up. My kids really like this book and I highly recommend it. By the way, this is the sequel to The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, which I recommend too.

– What they recently finished reading
– “It’s Christmas, David” by David Shannon – the Christmas version of the adventures of mischievous little David, including a page where David writes his name in the snow… with his own pee! My kids were actually shocked when they realized what David did and their surprised faces were priceless to watch.
“Splat the Cat: Good Night, Sleep Tight” by Rob Scotton – inspired by Scotton but written by someone else, this is an “I can read” book (level 1) and it tells of the hilarious sleepover adventure Splat the Cat has with his friends in his backyard.

– What I think they’ll read next
I’m still looking for season related books (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and soon Christmas) so we’ll probably get to read many new books in the near future with these themes. Feel free to suggest!

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

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www Wednesdays – October 5, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

This past week has been quite stressful so it’s been great to be able to read a few good books to bring some positive in my life to offset the negative…

My bookshelf

Me talk pretty one day by David SedarisWhat I’m currently reading
Me Talk Pretty One Day” by David Sedaris. I’m just a couple of chapters into it, but I like it so far.

I’m also devouring “Nurture by Nature: Understand Your Child’s Personality Type – And Become a Better Parent” by Paul Tieger & Barbara Barron-Tieger. This book is SO good, I’ve had tons of lightbulb moments and I’ll share more details about it in a separate post within the next few days.

– What I recently finished reading
“The Body” by Stephen King. I know King is mostly known for his horror/terror books but really, his masterpieces are the life stories he writes so well: The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, and this story. King has such a good grasp of all human emotions and thoughts and is such a good writer… His words just flow on the page and you never want to put the book down. “The Body” is no exception and I really enjoyed the read. I’m not sure I want to see the movie “Stand by Me” now, as it just can’t be as good as the original story…

– What I think I’ll read next
I was going to read “The Hypnotist” by Lars Kepler because NPR had a great review on their website, but after reading the book reviews on Amazon I changed my mind. So now I don’t know what I’ll be reading next, but I still have a few books on the shelf.

 My kids’ bookshelf

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom– What they’re currently reading
More David Shannon books, specifically “Too Many Toys” – find out what happens when a mom wants to get rid of some of Spencer’s toys after they overtake the house.

“Chicka chicka boom boom” by Bill Martin, Jr. My youngest requested this book a few weeks ago and we finally got it from the library. It is quite a funny book to teach the alphabet! The very day we got the book, my five-year-old asked, Mama, how come you didn’t also get Chicka Chicka 123? I guess I’ll be getting this one soon too!

– What they recently finished reading
“The Foolish Tortoise” by Richard Buckley (illustrated by Eric Carle) – when a tortoise decides to get rid of its shell because it’s too heavy, it quickly realizes this may not be such a good idea…

“My Sitter is a T-Rex!” by Paul Orshoski – somehow you quickly start wondering if leaving your child with a T-Rex for a few hours is reasonable. Great story for kids who love dinosaurs.

– What I think they’ll read next
I’m looking for season related books (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and soon Christmas) so we’ll probably get to read many new books in the near future with these themes. Feel free to suggest!

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

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