Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kiddo Book update

Wylie picked lots of books out last time and we had a few on hold. One of our holds came in and we made a special trip to the library to get it.

1. Everything I know about Pirates: Tom Lictenheld. We really are enjoying this book. Just enough history mixed with a perfect amount of silliness. We are reading it a few pages a day to enjoy it, talk about it, and just savor it. YES this is like candy to my child. I mean did you know that holding a knife in your teeth is looked down upon by the ADA, especially for pirates? Well that's a fact you learn in this great book.

The other book we've been enjoying and really talking about is the Egypt/Mummy book.
1. The 5,000 Year Old Puzzle: Solving a Mystery of Ancient Egypt: Claudia Logan. This is another book we are reading a few pages at a time. It's written by a young boy in the 1920s. It includes post cards he wrote to his best friend, his diary of the expedition, and then in the margins all sorts of interesting facts about Egyptians. Again, we are taking the time to read, discuss, and enjoy. Last night as part of the exploration of mummies we built a pyramid. Lots of fun.

What would I do if Wylie didn't like to read or be read to?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Library Visit 10-21-10

We went to the library to return a few books, pay a fine ($1.35 this time--on the title: "It was Disgusting and We Ate It"), and pick up a few new fun books.

Here is our "hold" list:
For the Kiddo:
1. Everything I know about pirates : a collection of made-up facts, educated guesses, and silly picture; Tom Lichtenheld. We are currently reading Everything I know about Monsters. It's engaging and I really think Wylie is learning to recognize certain words as a result.
2.Franklin's Class Trip; Paulette Bourgeois. Wylie keeps selecting this book to look at while at the coffee shop. I promised to find it in the library. He is waiting patiently.

For the Grownup:
1. Never Let Me Go; Kazuo Ishiguro--I'm intrigued by the story. I'm really interested in finding out how this is written. Ultimately I feel like this will either be a love or a hate. Wait time: que number 212/ number of copies 67
2. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest; Stieg Larrsen--I'm waiting patiently considering how the last one ended. Wait time: que number 198/ number of copies 33

Our Current List at home:
For the Kiddo
I love my pirate papa; Laura Leuck - A simple story about a boy and his papa. Perfect night time reading
The pirate's eye; Robert Priest-Weird story about a pirate who lost his glass eye and it is found by another man who can see the harm and pain the pirate has inflicted. When he gets the eye back he sees the good and converts.
Mouse soup; Arnold Lobel- Mouse meets Weasel. Mouse tells Weasel stories to stall becoming Mouse Soup. Fun and silly.
Chowder; Peter Brown--Chowder is a dog who does silly things. Wylie laughs as he reads.
Everything I know about monsters : a collection of made-up facts, educated guesses, and silly pictures; Tom Lichtenfeld--All you need to know about under the bed, sock, basement, closet, school and attic monsters. Including a monster fighting chart.
Danny the dragon; Russel Punter--Dragon lights fire for village, village learns to make fire, village needs help from marauding pirates, Dragon saves the day. Early reader book designed to encourage word recognition and reading.
The story of Ferdinand; Munro Leaf--WE LOVE this story about a gentle bull who liked to pick flowers under his cork tree.
The 5,000-year-old puzzle : solving a mystery of ancient Egypt; Claudia Logan: Something new to explore about Egypt, mummies and tombs.
Dust 'n' bones : ten terrifying classic and original ghost stories; Chris Mould--Definitely not as kid friendly as I thought but with a bit of altering in the stories Wylie likes them.

For the Grownup:
Remake restyle reuse : easy ways to transform everyday basics into inspired design; Sonia Lucano--This one is going back quickly. There is nothing about reusing in this book and a ton of crafty tools that seem to make the reuse and restyle very much just making something new. Didn't like it one bit.
2. Louisiana Real and Rustic; Emeril Lagasse--Cookbook, interesting recipes.
Between friends : craft projects to share ; Charlotte Lyons--Crafts from 1 hour to 1 week long. Things to do with a friend and for a friend. Something for the holidays and for everyday. I'm looking forward to trying a few of these things with Wylie.

So in review, Wylie is still on a pirate/dragon/mummy kick but is definitely branching out to some newer ideas. He picked all the books.
I'm waiting for a few good novels. I'm also preparing for Christmas and other events.
I'm going to put on hold a few of the books from the BBC list. I will try to read Hardy again. I will try to read Orwell. Remember that I said "TRY."
What are you reading?