Juvenile Pile: Non-Cybils Books

As you can imagine, I’ve been reading a lot of Cybils books with Christopher over the last few weeks. After I read/rate/review books, I put the 4-star and 5-star books on his library shelf along with any 3-star books that are subjects of particular interest to him. We usually read books from that shelf at night, so we have a good supply of new material.

But in between Cybils books, we have managed to read a handful of other books over the last month, and I wanted to share those with you today.

My Mouth is a Volcano! by Julia Cook

This book is another kids’ self help book about controlling the urge to blurt out whatever you want to say when someone else is speaking. I thought it was something Christopher would relate too, but he didn’t see that he sometimes has this problem. The technique in the book was as helpful as I was hoping, but the story is good.

3 Stars

Mervin the Sloth Is About to Do the Best Thing in the World by Colleen A.F. Venable

My friend Sarah loves sloths, so I read this to Christopher in her honor. It’s a cute story. There is a sign saying Mervin will do the best thing ever, so the other animals try to guess what it will be. Their enthusiam and excitement makes the book fun.

4 Stars

Meet the Pets (The Secret Life of Pets) by Mary Man-Kong

Christopher got this level 3 easy reader from his Scholastic book order. The book is fun. It describes most of the characters from the movie with scenes from the film. And it came with trading cards for most of those same characters. He’s read the book many times and enjoys playing with the cards. It also came with a Max pen, which he also likes. I like anything that gets him reading, but this book isn’t anything spectacular. It ties into the movie well and at least gets the story right, which some Step into Reading books don’t do.

3 Stars

The Boy from the Dragon Palace by Margaret Read MacDonald

Christopher and I read this book together as part of the Reading Together Family Exploration Book Club magic theme. It’s a strange but fun folk tale about a greedy man and a magical boy. Christopher guessed the ending right away, but we had fun discussing what we’d ask for with the boy’s power.

4 Stars

Kindness Counts by Bryan Smith

This book teaches kids about random acts of kindness. The little boy in the story experiences a random act of kindness at the drive through window with his family, and his dad repeats the act. But he decides to do some random acts of kindness himself. He doesn’t get it quite right the first time, but then he pulls all three aspects together and figures it out. It’s a good read.

4 Stars

Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems

This book is really fun to read. It’s a tongue twister in the style of Dr. Seuss’ Fox in Socks. A little girl is asked to go buy a baguette, but she can’t help but eat it on the way home. It’s funny, and the pictures are amazing. Mo constructed 3-D models in his home and added the characters on top of photographed backgrounds. He explained at BEA that he’s never been good at drawing in perspective, which is why most of his books have characters on white backgrounds.

4 Stars

What has your family been reading this last month?

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