Tuesday, June 14, 2011

We're Baaack!!!!

Did you miss us? Sorry about the long hiatus, but we're back and ready to kick off some summer reading fun! Stay tuned for books for every age range, now including young adult and teen. We look forward to sharing our thoughts with you guys and reading your thoughts. And if you don't already follow our blog, please do! Spread the word far and wide, tell your friends and family. Let's get ready to READ!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

For Ages 9 and Up

Horton Halfpott OR the Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor
OR The Loosening of M'lady Luggertuck's Corset

By Tom Angleberger

There are so many exciting things in this book- a Stolen Diamond, snooping stable boys, a famous detective, love, pickle eclairs- that it really does seem a shame to begin with ladies' underwear......

It all starts when M'Lady Luggertuck loosens her corset. As a result of "the Loosening", all the strict rules around Smugwick Manor are abandoned. Shelves go undusted! Cake is eaten! Lunch is lukewarm! Then, when the precious family heirloom, the Luggertuck Lump (quite literally a lump), goes missing, the Luggertucks search for someone to blame. Could the thief really be Horton Halfpott, the good-natured but lowly kitchen boy who can't tell a lie?

I got off to a bit of a slow start with this book. It was very strange, which I like, so I don't really know what took me so long to get into it. It turned out to be a very cute and funny story. My favorite character was, of course, Horton, the lowly kitchen boy. Celia Sylvan-Smith was my second favorite character, followed closely by the band of shipless pirates.

This book had a lot of advanced vocabulary, so kids will need to have a dictionary handy. I think fans of Tom Angleberger's The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda may be a little disappointed in this book. It's still funny, but it lacks the mass appeal of Origami Yoda. It's just a completely different kind of story.

Rating: Borrow it from the library

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Mother-Daughter Book Club

The Mother-Daughter Book Club
By: Heather Vogel Frederick
Pages: 236 (hardcover book)

"... what begins as a mom-imposed ritual of reading Little Women soon helps four unlikely friends navigate their way the drama of middle school." - The Mother-Daughter Book Club

Megan is the lover of fashion. Cassidy is the tomboy who's mother was a Supermodel. Emma is the poor girl who is teased for wearing hand-me-downs. Jess is the girl who's mother goes off to New York to be a soap star. All 4 girls have entered the world of middle school and experience the pitfalls it comes with. Their mothers form the book club as a way of spending some time with their daughters. What better book to help them deal with teasing, and exposed crushes, and ruined dreams than Little Women? The mothers are excited, the girls...not so much.

I have wanted to read this book for awhile, but never got around to it. I was thinking the book club would have a more prevalent story line, but it wasn't as front and center as I hoped it would have. You get to know the characters and watch them survive the highs and lows of 6th grade- as you should. I was able to relate to each of the girls and remember being in each of the girls shoes.

I thought Little Women was a great pairing. I never really thought about it until I was reading this book, but it had lessons and characters the girls could identify with. Each girl found her own sister to relate to and take comfort in.

This book is the first in a series that, as of current, is 4 books strong. I think I'll give the second book a try. Each book has the club reading a book, and book 2 has them reading Anne of Green Gables, a favorite book of mine I discovered in 7th grade.

Rating: Borrow From The Library

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Wind in the Willows

by Kenneth Grahame
illustrated by Arthur Rackham
"This has been a wonderful day," said he, as the Rat shoved off and took to the sculls again. "Do you know, I've never been in a boat before in all my life."
"What?" cried the Rat, open-mouthed: "Never been in a--you never--well I--what have you been doing, then?"
"Is it so nice as all that?" asked the Mole shyly, though he was quite prepared to believe it as he leant back in his seat and surveyed the cushions, the oars, the rowlocks, and all the fascinating fittings, and felt the boat sway lightly under him.
"Nice? It's the ONLY thing," said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke.
-from The Wind in the Willows
I loved the Disney movie of this book as a child, but had somehow never read the book until last year. Needless to say, I enjoyed the book. It is perhaps a little slow moving in some parts, because it was written so long ago and as a result has some longer descriptive passages than modern children's books tend to have. This is made up for by the antics of the characters, which are highly enjoyable. From the reserved Mole, who sets out to see the world, to the sensible and friendly Rat, to the stern fatherly Badger (who is actually rather tender-hearted underneath it all), each character shines. And let's not forget Toad, whose crazy schemes are the funniest part.
If you enjoy classics, this is a must read. It would also be great to read aloud as a family or to a classroom. This is a classic that should not be forgotten.
Ages 9 and up (for reading on their own).
To read aloud, more like ages 6+.
Rating: Buy it or check it out from the library
Try to get the one illustrated by Arthur Rackham

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Favorite Character Book Release!

By: Victoria Kann
Ages: 5-8

When Pinkalicious loses a tooth, it's not just any tooth—it's her sweet tooth! Suddenly candy no longer tastes sweet! With her pinkatastic pen, Pinkalicious writes a note to the Tooth Fairy and tucks it under her pillow . . . only to hear from Cupid, the Easter Bunny, and a Christmas elf instead. It is not until the Tooth Fairy finally responds—and works some magic—that Pinkalicious discovers where sweetness really comes from.
Fairy-tale characters and sparkling scenes make Silverlicious a sweet treat for all.