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WWW Wednesdays – November 9, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

I read two great books this past week (yeah!) and I also happened to read two hilarious Chritmas-themed books with my kids.

My bookshelf

The Princess Bride by William GoldmanWhat I’m currently reading
The Princess Bride by William Goldman. I’ve seen the movie several times and it’s one of my favorites. I had no idea the movie was inspired by a book originally published in 1973. I hope it’s as good as the movie!

– What I recently finished reading
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I loved reading this book and I couldn’t help rooting for Lily and Rosaleen to find a happy ending to their ordeal. I loved how each chapter started with a quote about bees and how each plays a role in the hive, and how relevant the quote was to each particular chapter. A great way to keep things flowing and tight together, especially since bees and honey play such a central part in this story. This book is well written and I had a hard time putting it down for wanting to find closure and relief. Great list of well-developed characters, which all have an interesting story to tell. I highly recommend this book.

The Lying Game by Sarah Shepard. I read this book for my November book club meeting and I’m not sure I would have picked it up if it were not for this reason. Boy, I would have missed out on a great mystery and thriller! Even though this is a Young Adult novel I really enjoyed it and got sucked right into it. I loved the premise and how the story focuses on both Sutton and Emma as main characters, telling the story through each other’s eyes. I like how the characters were developed, even though most of them are despicable by nature. After figuring out Sutton was dead, I so wanted to follow Emma and find out who the killer is. Boy, I had no idea this book was the first of a series so the end is actually a cliffhanger but now I’m determined to read the next books in this series. An easy read and a nail biter for sure, and hard to put down.

– What I think I’ll read next
So I have One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez sitting on my bookshelf, but I’m not sure I’m in the mood for it right now. What do you find?

My kids’ bookshelf

I found two books with a Christmas theme this past week and my boys and I have laughed so much reading them, I want to spotlight them in this post. If you’re looking for fun, memorable books about Christmas to read with your kids, I highly recommend these two.

Silent Night by Sandy Turner

Silent Night by Sandy Turner

If you read this book out loud, be ready to bark, yap and grrr the whole length of the book, while your kids giggle the whole way through. A yappy little dog feels Santa is about to come on Christmas night and tries to alert his owners of the intruder, over and over.

Silent night cartoon book

By the time Santa leaves, this poor dog has gone bezerk! And yes, all the text says on the page spread below is BARK BARK BARK YAP YAP BARK YAP YAP YAP… How fun is that to read?!

Silent Night by Sandy Turner - barking dog

Fortunately the cat manages to shut him up so that everyone can enjoy the rest of a silent night. There’s a great surprise for kids at the very end of the book but I won’t spoil it. Just this part is worth getting the book.

The cat shuts up the dog in Silent Night

The second book is called Bah! Humbug? by Lorna & Lecia Balian.

Bah! Humbug? by Lorna Balian

This girl’s brother tells her they need to stay up all night to catch Santa coming down the chimney. The funny thing is, the girl stays awake but her brother falls asleep, and Santa doesn’t set off any of the traps the boy prepared. Santa is the one who looks quite surprised!

Bah! Humbug? book

This girl is so lucky she gets to eat cookies on Santa’s lap while her brother is STILL sleeping. If you’re looking for a story to put you and your kids in the mood for Christmas, this is it!

Bah! Humbug? Christmas story book

– What I think they’ll read next
I have so many books on order at the library, and I’m not sure what’s coming soon. Next week I’ll cover some great books we’ve been recently reading I didn’t include in today’s post.

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

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WWW Wednesdays – November 2, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

I’m so behind on writing posts and it’s not because I’m out of ideas. I want to write one review on a great book It think all parents should read, one commentary on a recent NPR article that made me angry, and my “101 in 1001” update for October 2011. But I’m not the most productive person at this time. Being tired really can impact your daily performance in many ways… Unfortunately all I found the time for today is my WWW Wednesdays and I’ve read some great books this past week, so I’m happy to share them with you.

By the way, something really cool happened last week. Deborah Diesen, author of the Pout-Pout Fish books, stopped by my blog and commented on my WWW Wednesdays – October 12, 2011 update, where I mentioned we were reading her latest book, The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark. How nice is that? I’m still waiting for Mo Willems to stop by, say hi and thank me for all the nice things I’ve said about his very entertaining books. Just saying, Mo.

My bookshelf

The secret life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The secret life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd

What I’m currently reading
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I’m about two thirds into it and I can’t put it down. I so want it to have a happy ending for Lily and Rosaleen but I know they still have a lot of obstacles to overcome.

– What I recently finished reading
Dreamers, Discoverers & Dynamos: How to Help the Child Who Is Bright, Bored and Having Problems in School by Lucy Jo Palladino. If you have a smart, active child who is having a hard time in school, this book is for you. Palladino covers the three (sometimes overlapping) types of Edison-trait personalities: the dreamers, the discoverers and the dynamos. These children exhibit divergent thinking (always thinking what if?) while most school systems cater to and encourage convergent thinkers. However you’ll quickly notice most people who have helped improve the human condition were Edison-trait personalities, so the key is to help your child develop his/her talents while finding ways to cope with an inflexible educational structure. And if you wonder if your child may have ADD or ADHD, there are a few chapters on that subject and how to find the information you need to get your child properly diagnosed. A great read!

– What I think I’ll read next
The Lying Game by Sarah Shepard. It’s for my November book club meeting and it looks like an interesting read.

My kids’ bookshelf

Rude Mule by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Rude Mule by Pamela Duncan Edwards

– What they’re currently reading
Oops and Hogwash by Arthur Geisert. Two wordless books that let your child describe the events page by page on his/her own. Great for kids who can’t read on their own since they can narrate the story themselves. Great for kids who can read as they make up their own narrative.
Jack and the Night Visitors by Pat Schories (the lady who illustrated the Biscuit books). A boy and his dog Jack get to see some uninvited guests in their house during the night. We also have Breakfast for Jack and my kids really like both wordless books.

– What they recently finished reading
We’ve had a few issues with bad manners recently so I stocked up on books to teach the proper way to do things. These are the books my kids really enjoyed and seemed to have learned something from.
Rude Mule by Pamela Duncan Edwards. A fun lesson on good manners and how behaving poorly never helps you get what you want.  
The Bad Good Manners Book by Babette Cole. An hilarious book illustrating the bad things you shouldn’t do and what happens if you dare to.
Look Mom! I Have Good Manners! This one is actually a DVD but it works well at showing several behaviors and ask your child which one is the most appropriate in a quiz show format.

– What I think they’ll read next
More wordless books and easy readers are in order…

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

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WWW Wednesdays – October 26, 2011

WWW Wednesdays

After the disappointment of Me Talk Pretty One Day, I read a wonderfully entertaining book this past week and borrowed a bunch of great books for the kids too. Good reading times!

My bookshelf

Dreamers, discoverers and dynamosWhat I’m currently reading
Dreamers, Discoverers & Dynamos: How to Help the Child Who Is Bright, Bored and Having Problems in School by Lucy Jo Palladino. I’m reading this book to help my five year old, who is a discoverer / dynamo child and has a hard time fitting into a rigid, same-for-everyone education system. There are many steps you can follow as a parent of an Edison-trait child to help him or her take advantage or their wonderful talents without getting in trouble with the people who just don’t understand how they think and function. So far, I’m enjoying the read and learning a lot. 

– What I recently finished reading
Gone With a Handsomer Man by Michael Lee West. I’d never would have picked this book was it not for my book club, but I’m glad I read it because I loved it! How to describe it is the hardest part. Mix a murder mystery (add a few murders as you go), romance, deceit, humor and a whole lot of cake baking, all with a large dose of Southern flair, and it barely gives the book justice. I’m usually good at guessing mysteries but I never saw this one coming and I loved how things unwrapped, up to the very last sentence. Michael Lee West clearly doesn’t take herself too seriously and this allows her to write freely and in a fun way, giving a lot of depth to her many characters. How fun is the writing? One of the chapters start with “Here in Charleston, you can’t swing a squirrel without hitting a professional chef, but I was determined to find a cooking job.” And yes, the whole book is like that. If you’re looking for a book that has a little bit of everything, this is it!

– What I think I’ll read next
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. It’s still waiting on my bookshelf, along with other books but I’m worried I’ll have to return some before I even start reading them, just because I got all of them at the same time and the library won’t let me renew because of their popularity.

My kids’ bookshelf

– What they’re currently reading
Irving and Muktuk : Two Bad Bears by Daniel Pinkwater. We’ve read the various adventures of Irving and Muktuk in the past but they never fail to entertain and make us laugh. Who doesn’t like to see two polar bears goof around, unable to resist eating blueberry muffins? We’ll get more of the series in the near future.
Splat the Cat and the duck with no quack by Rob Scotton. This one is not as funny as the other Splat the Cat books but it’s still a great story to read with the kids. As a Level 2 book, it’s also great for emerging readers.
Days with Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel. This book contains two very funny stories and two more touching/reflective. This is another Level 2 book, great for new readers.

Llama Llama home with mama– What they recently finished reading
Llama Llama Home With Mama by Anna Dewdney. The newest book in the Llama Llama series, and it’s as cute as the others. Find out what happens when Llama Llama gets sick and has to stay home with Mama.
Into the Forest by Anthony Browne. A book that will remind readers of The Little Riding Hood but with a great twist at the end. A great read to confront fears and worries and make kids understand that sometimes, there’s no need to be afraid.

– What I think they’ll read next
As usual, this is quite unpredictable but more books are on order at the library!

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

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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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