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WWW Wednesdays – March 7, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

The Sorceress by Michael Scott

The Sorceress by Michael Scott

– What I’m currently reading
The Sorceress, the third in the series of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. Fortunately this book features a much faster pace than Seven years in Tibet so I’m enjoying the read. I like how this series is developing and even though I’m only half-way through the book, I’m looking forward to reading the next in the series.

– What I recently finished reading
Seven years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer. For me, the hardest part about reading this book was the lack of passion in the storytelling. Every event was so factual when it could have been a little more exciting and interesting. During the last 50 pages, Harrer FINALLY talks about meeting face-to-face with the Dalai Lama and becoming his tutor, following by China’s invasion of Tibet and The Dalai Lama’s exile to India. I think Harrer would have grabbed my attention a lot better if he had spent 50 pages on his trek and the other 270 pages on his close-up experience with the Dalai Lama.

– What I think I’ll read next
 I have several interesting books waiting for me on my bookshelf. I think I’ll make a decision by figuring out which one needs to go back to the library first.

My kids’ bookshelf

What they’re currently reading

I need my monster by Amanda Knoll

I need my monster by Amanda Knoll

I Need My Monster by Amanda Knoll. When Ethan finds a note saying the monster under his bed has gone fishing for a week, he requests a substitute monster to stop him from getting out of bed, but he can’t find a good match, even after five tries.
My Mama Says There Aren’t Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things by Judith Viorst. I love this book! Nick starts doubting he can trust his mom’s word there are no monsters and such lurking around when he catches her making mistakes on a regular basis.
Fuddles by Frans Vischer. Fuddles the chubby indoor cat is pampered every hour of the day. This easy life isn’t enough for him so he decides to escape from his house and explore the great outdoors. He soon realizes the outside world is a little more than what he expected it to be…

What they recently finished reading
Raccoon Tune by Nancy Shaw. I love Shaw’s sheep books but this one is just as great. A family of raccoons prowls around at night until they find supper, all in rhyme.
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett. Annabelle finds a box with a neverending supply of yarn and knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke asks her to sell him the yarn. When she refuses, he steals the box only to find out it’s empty. My kids loved this story from beginning to end.
Chicken Big by Keith Graves. This story is based on Chicken Little but with a much funnier spin and hilarious illustrations. A giant chicken hatches from an enormous egg but the other chickens can’t accept he’s one of them. Instead they imagine he’s all sorts of animals (squirrel, hippopotamus, cow…)

– What I think they’ll read next
We have a whole bunch of monster books to read so I’ll highlight more of the best ones in next week’s update.

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

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WWW Wednesdays – February 29, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

Seven years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer– What I’m currently reading
Still Seven years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer. I can’t believe I’ve read two-thirds of it and Harrer hasn’t had a single face-to-face conversation with the Dalai Lama yet. I don’t think it’s all been a waste of time still. I’ve actually learned how important it is to pick a hard-working yak if I ever need to climb the Himalayas.

– What I recently finished reading
Nothing new since I’m still reading the same book. At least I get comfort in knowing my next book will have a much faster pace.

– What I think I’ll read next
The Sorceress, the third in the series of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. It’s still waiting for me at the library but I’m planning to pick it up today.

My kids’ bookshelf

If you give a dog a donut by Laura NumeroffWhat they’re currently reading
If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff. Did you think Numeroff was done with her hilarious “If you give…” series? Well, she’s got a new one out and it’s as funny as the others. Hint: don’t give a dog a donut if you’re in need of resting time.
Wolves by Emily Gravett. Love it, love it, love it! A rabbit checks out a library book about wolves and happens to learn much more about their behavior than he wanted to know. Watch the wolves crawl out of the book and creep up behind the rabbit’s back. I love the ending alternative for sensitive little ones and vegetarians. It sure made my kids giggle a lot.
I Don’t Want to Be a Pea by Ann Bonwill. What a cute story! Hugo Hippo and Bella Bird are best friends but when Hugo wants to dress up at the Princess and asks Bella to dress as the Pea, their disagreement compromises their attendance at the annual “Fairytale Fancy Dress Party.”

What they recently finished reading
Bedtime for Mommy by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I loved this book and so did my kids! It reverses the mommy/child roles and makes the child in charge of getting mommy ready for bed, having to deal with pleas for one more book, more play time, a glass of water… If your little one gives you a hard time about the bedtime routine, I recommend this story, it’s hilarious to the very end and it helps kids understand how hard they can make it on their parents.
Tackylocks and the Three Bears by Helen Lester. Tacky the penguin and his friends decide to perform the play “Goldilocks and the three bears” for the little penguins in Mrs. Beakly’s class. Things don’t go exactly as planned, especially since Tacky didn’t put much effort into the rehearsals.
The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. A Jolly Postman delivers Christmas cards to several famous fairy-tale characters. Each card is stored in its envelope page throughout the story and kids can read it like a real Christmas card.

– What I think they’ll read next
We have a lot of books waiting for us at the library but I’m not sure what they all are. I think we have quite a few on monsters, so I’m expecting some more good reading.

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WWW Wednesdays – February 22, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

Seven years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer– What I’m currently reading
Seven years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer. I just started this book and it’s taking me a little time to get used to the writing style. Harrer apologizes for not being a professional writer and it shows as his prose is very factual and not too lively. I’m looking forward to his encounter with the Dalai Lama and his extended stay in Tibet though. 

– What I recently finished reading
Harlan Coben’s Tell No One. Wow, what a page turner. What a story, maybe too intricate for some, but I really think Coben pulls it off nicely, up to the very last page. A thriller with murders and mysteries full of human insight, it kept me on the edge until I was done. If you like this type of books, I highly recommend it.
The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott. I reviewed it as I was about done last week and I liked the book so much I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

– What I think I’ll read next
The Sorceress, the third in the series of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. It’s actually waiting for me at the library and I can’t wait to find out what happens to Nicholas, Perenelle, Scatty, Sophie and Josh. There are actually six books in this series and the last one is coming out this May so I’ll get to read the whole series in less than a year.

My kids’ bookshelf

What they’re currently reading
The artist who painted a blue horse by Eric CarleThe Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle. You can never go wrong with Eric Carle’s books and this one is no exception. It really shows kids how to think outside of the box for artistic purposes.
The Perfect Pumpkin Pie by Denys Cazet (the author of the Minnie & Moo books). The hilarious tale of Mr. Wilkerson, lover of pumpkin pie, who returns as a ghost on Halloween night to demand some good pie from Jack and his grandmother, the new owners of Wilkerson’s house. I was concerned about the haunting ghost freaking out my kids, but the nonchalant grandmother’s attitude towards him helps make Wilkerson’s character laughable rather than scary.
The Fox and the Hen by Eric Battut (a French author). Henrietta the hen makes the mistake to trade her first egg with the fox and the other farm animals help her get it back. This is quite a trying experience as the fox is very determined to eat this egg for breakfast and his cunning mind is hard to beat.

What they recently finished reading
When I Was King by Linda Ashman. A cute story about a young boy who loses his “king of the house” status where his baby brother arrives. This is a great book for the little ones  (and their parents) who are anxious about the arrival of a sibling.
Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky (thank you Vivian at Positive Parental Participation for recommending this book). A nice way to address the subject of refusing to take on responsibilities and developing some problem-solving skills.

– What I think they’ll read next
More books!  ;-)

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