Juvenile Pile: Tales of Adventure

We’ve picked up the extra August reading challenge sheet from the library, but it requires another 6 hours of reading, and we’re only 2 hours in. I don’t know that Christopher will finish before the end of the summer, but at least he’s still reading. I’ve been encouraging him to read picture books with more words because he keeps saying “no” to books right away if they have too much prose. I’ve reminded him that when school starts again, he’ll be expected to read chapter books again. Hopefully his second grade teacher can push him to challenge himself a little more.

Here are some of the books we’ve been reading lately.

Albert’s Almost Amazing Adventure by Marty Kelley

You may remember that I reviewed this book for Cybils back in December. I had forgotten about it, so I was excited to have Christopher reading it to me this time. It has just great humor, and I love the alternating black and white and color pictures based on the context of the story. Albert tries to tell his friends about his trip to Maine, and they keep jumping in with guesses of what happened. The fantasy is much better than the reality, until the end.

5 Stars

Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon

I read this book to Christopher, and we both enjoyed it. Ralph can never think of anything to write about in school. His teacher tells him that stories are everywhere. Finally, he remembers a time when an inch worm crawled on his knee at the park. With the help of his classmates, Ralph finds his story.

4 Stars

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Christopher read the first half of this book, and then I finished it. It’s about a little boy who wants to jump off the diving board, but he’s a little afraid. I love the everyday adventure of this story. And I loved that it’s a book about a child of color in a normal situation. Everyone can relate to this book. The suspense is perfect, the father is encouraging, the end is satisfying. Anyone who’s been afraid of something, but faced that fear, will enjoy this book.

5 Stars

Mr. Duck Means Business by Tammi Sauer

All Mr. Duck wants is some peace and quiet in his pond, but other animals keep coming for a swim. Mr. Duck puts up a sign telling everyone to stay away, but then he realizes he doesn’t need quiet all the time. Oh, how I can relate to this book! Christopher has categorized people as “loud” or “quiet.” He knows I’m a quiet person, and he and Jim are loud people. I think those are great kid terms for introvert and extravert.

4 Stars

The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken

We all LOVED this book! We read it many times. On each page a drawing is shown. Sometimes there are mistakes sometimes not. It illustrates that everyone makes mistakes, but that mistakes in drawings can be changed into other things. The picture grows and grows throughout the book, and the first mistakes become so small, you can handle see them. What a good lesson for everyone. The prose is short, perfect for Christopher to read, because it’s mostly about the pictures.

5 Stars

What have your children been reading lately?

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