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www Wednesdays – September 14, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

I’m working on a way, way overdue “101 in 1001” August update but in the meantime, here’s my WWW Wednesdays update, with lots of good reading this past week.

My bookshelf

Good enough to eat by Stacy Ballis– What I’m currently reading
Good Enough to Eat by Stacy Ballis, my book club’s September selection. Definitely another chick lit book I probably wouldn’t pick for myself, but it’s an easy read and entertaining enough.

– What I recently finished reading
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal. Imagine mixing The Talented Mr Ripley and Catch Me If You Can, including the false identities, the money stealing, the power of persuasion and even the murders… That’s what The Man in the Rockefeller Suit is, and the most amazing thing is, this is a TRUE story. If this guy hadn’t kipnapped his own daughter a couple of years ago and been a little careless, he’d still be on the run pretending to be heir to another famous, super rich family. It’s hard to believe he managed to con so many people in almost 30 years. It makes you wonder how gullible we can be when someone tells us a story that seems plausible enough.

– What I think I’ll read next
I’ve been wanting to read A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn for probably 20 years and it’s now physically sitting on my bookshelf, so it’s next on my list!

My kids’ bookshelf

There was an old lady who swallowed Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold– What they’re currently reading
Since the kids liked Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree a few weeks ago, I got more of his books. The illustrations are simple but go very well with the text and my five year old is able to read most of the stories on his own, so it’s great reading practice too! Our favorites are:
A Giraffe and a Half
The Missing Piece
The Missing Piece and the Big O
Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros

And of course, we’re reading the “Fly Guy” Series by Tedd Arnold. Again the text is easy enough for early readers and kids love to follow Buzz and Fly Guy on their adventures. Our favorite picks are:
Buzz Boy and Fly Guy
Shoo, Fly Guy!
Fly High, Fly Guy!
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy

– What they recently finished reading
Dragon Stew by Steve Smallman – when Vikings get bored and decide to find a dragon to make some stew, they may meet more than what they were looking for… Funny illustrations and dialogs.
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle – a cute story of what it takes to make a house your home.

 – What I think they’ll read next
We have a few books on hold at the library but feel free to suggest what I should add to our reading list.

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

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WWW Wednesdays – August 31, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael ScottMy bookshelf

– What I’m currently reading
This past week has been extremely busy on the work front (I have a large writing project in progress) and I’ve also had the kids full-time since there’s no preschool right now, so I’m still reading The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. I like it so far and find it quite entertaining for a Young Adult novel. I’m surprised nobody has made a movie out of it yet.

What I recently finished reading
No update since last week…

– What I think I’ll read next
The Man in the Rockefeller Suit by Mark Seal, the true story of a serial impostor, or I’ll have to return it to the library in a couple of weeks. Since it’s new and quite popular, I doubt I’ll be able to renew it.

My kids’ bookshelf

The cow that laid an egg by Andy Cuthill– What they’re currently reading
The giving tree by Shel Silverstein. A lovely story about a boy who makes a tree happy by playing with it. Eventually the boy wants more, and more, and the tree keeps giving to please him, until there’s nothing left to give. It’s quite a sad story with no specific message/moral but I can see it makes my kids think about giving and taking.
Press here by Herve Tullet. I’m plugging in a French author today, who’s got the talent to create interactive books for little kids. The illustrations are very basic but each page asks the child to do specific tasks to make things happen on the next page. Who said reading had to be passive?
Toot & Puddle by Holly Hobbie. A very cute story about two pigs, Toot who likes to travel around the world, and Puddle who entertains himself quite well staying at home.

– What they recently finished reading
Cinder Edna by Ellen Jackson. You get to read two stories side by side, Cinderella’s and her neighbor Cinder Edna’s, and find out which character will really live happily ever after.
The cow that laid and egg and The cow that was the best moo-ther by Andy Cutbill. Marjorie the cow happens to think she’s laid an egg and this premise sprouted two hilarious books, with the perfect illustrations for these stories. If you’re looking for a story that will make you laugh and cry (of laughter), I recommend these two books.
The plot chickens by Mary Jane and Herm Auch. If you want to know what happens when a chicken decides to become a writer, this is the book for you!

– What I think they’ll read next
My youngest has requested the “Fly Guy” series by Tee Arnold and I just requested them today. We enjoyed them a few months ago and obviously they’ll be back by popular demand!

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

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