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WWW Wednesdays – March 21, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

Fortunately my kids have had more time to read books than me this past week. At this point I’m mentally and physically exhausted so I’ll give you a quick update. Even if time constraints can get it the way, the important part is enjoying the reading while it lasts.

My bookshelf

– What I’m currently reading
I’m still reading The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee StewartThe Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart. I’ve also started  The Awakening by Kate Chopin since I need to finish it before my book club meeting next Monday (argh…).
 
– What I recently finished reading
Nothing since last week. :-(

– What I think I’ll read next
The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott, the sequel to The Sorceress, which I finished a couple of weeks ago. I’ll then still have to read two more books to finish this amazing series and the last one isn’t coming out until May 2012.
 
My kids’ bookshelf

How to potty train your monsterWhat they’re currently reading
Snarlyhissopus by Alan MacDonald. This hilarious story shows how quickly you can distort a name, starting with “hippopotamus” and ending up with “snarlyhissopus” while scaring to death half a jungle along the way.
How To Potty Train Your Monster by Kelly DiPucchio. This potty-training guide is a must-have for little kids and their mothers everywhere going through the potty-training stage, or those of us past this stage for a good laugh.
When A Monster Is Born by Sean Taylor. I love this monster story exploring the possibilities from the day a monstern is born. Each page starts with “there are two possibilities. Either… or…”, both pretty absurd. The author picks the second option and goes on with the story. A fun concept for kids to explore.

What they recently finished reading
Lines that Wiggle by Candace Whitman. A great book to show kids the different things lines can do, from curve and curl to zigzag. And kids can follow the path of the glittery lines with their finger.
Bunnies On The Go : Getting From Place To Place by Rick Walton. Rick Walton has had a lifelong love affair with the English language and how he tries to pass  along his passion in all the children’s books he writes. In this one, the bunny family takes a trip using many different types of transportation (car, train, balloon, tractor, etc), all in rhyme with a hint on the previous page.
Suddenly, Alligator : An Adverbial Tale by Rick Walton. A very funny story about a boy who happens to run into a hungry alligator, with a new adverb used to describe the scene on every page.

– What I think they’ll read next
I requested a number of books about Easter so hopefully we’ll start getting some of them soon.

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

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WWW Wednesdays – March 14, 2012

WWW Wednesdays

My bookshelf

– What I’m currently reading
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart, the sequel to The Mysterious Benedict Society, which I read several weeks ago. I’ve only read the first chapter so far but I’m already sucked in.

– What I recently finished reading
The Sorceress, the third in the series of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. It keeps getting better and I can’t wait to read the next one.
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by The Dalai Lama. This is a good introduction to Buddhism and some of the Dalai Lama’s thoughts on living a peaceful life. I think stating the Dalai Lama as an author is misleading though, since the PhD co-author wrote most of the text, inserting his conversations with and some public talks from the Dalai Lama.
How to Practice : The Way to a Meaningful Life by The Dalai Lama. I wish this book was properly titled “Buddhism and Meditation 101.” In this book the Dalai Lama doesn’t share specific insights on how to live a meaningful life, but rather explains how meditation works and the various steps it follows. It’s still an interesting read but not at all what I was expecting.

– What I think I’ll read next
Probably The Awakening by Kate Chopin, for my book club meeting at the end of March.

My kids’ bookshelf

Toot & Puddle - wish you were here by Holly HobbieWhat they’re currently reading
Lots of Toot & Puddle books, which are really cute and funny. Holly Hobbie tells great stories and is a gifted illustrator.
Toot & Puddle : Wish You Were Here by Holly Hobbie. If you’ve ever wondered what a blue pig looks like, this book will show you. Toot travels to Wildest Borneo but when he returns with the Violet Virus, Opal and Puddle try to help him find a cure.
Toot & Puddle : A Present for Toot by Holly Hobbie. Puddle tries very hard to find the right birthday gift for Toot in a pet shop and that’s where he meets Tulip the parrot, which you encounter in other Toot & Puddle books.
Toot & Puddle : The New Friend by Holly Hobbie. Opal gets annoyed with her new friend Daphne who seems to be the best at everything she does, but Toot and Puddle help Opal see another side of her. A great lesson on accepting kids can’t be the best at everything and it’s OK.

What they recently finished reading
Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy thinking : a Toon Book by Philippe Coudray. This comic book with easy dialogue for young readers is full of humor. My kids really enjoyed it and I think I have to find more books in this style. I believe this is the only book from this author that’s been translated in English so far, so I may ask my mom to get us the others in French.
Gullible’s Troubles by Margaret Shannon. Poor Gullible Guineapig pays his aunt, uncle and cousin a visit and believes everything they tell him (and none of it is nice). However they’re quick to dismiss his warning about what’s about to come out of the basement. This book finishes with a funny twist of events.
Harry and the Terrible Whatzit by Dick Gackenbach. When his mother goes to the cellar and doesn’t come back, Harry goes search for her and meets the terrible two-headed Whatzit, who keeps getting bigger and bigger. Another great book for kids who need to confront their fear of monsters.

– What I think they’ll read next
I don’t have too many book requests in my queue at the library right now so I need to think about new books but I’m not sure what theme to pick. Any suggestions?

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

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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.

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

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