Juvenile Pile: Series and Seeking

As usual I have a combination of independent reads and read aloud books to share with you this month. We’re still struggling to get through Christopher’s assigned 20 minutes of reading, and we skip it at least a couple of times a week. We’re back to reading at bedtime because life is too busy, but sometimes when we’re late getting him to bed, reading just doesn’t happen.

Read Aloud Books

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year (Charlie Bumpers #1) by Bill Hardley

I just love this series so much. After reading the most recent two books for reviews, I decided we needed to go back to the beginning and read the rest of the books. This book explains how Charlie and Hector met and gives some background on Mrs. Burke’s “Empire”, which I always thought was a weird name for a classroom.

4 Stars

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid (Stink #1) by Megan McDonald

I had bought this book for Christopher a while back – for Easter I think, and he had read some of it with his babysitter, but I never got to read it. I decided to just read it out loud, even though it’s definitely something he could read. It’s about Judy Moody’s little brother, James, a.k.a. Stink. He thinks he’s shrinking, his sister accidentally kills the class newt, etc. Each chapter is something else crazy. It’s cute.

3 Stars

Independent Reading

A Thousand Billion Things (and Some Sheep) by Loic Clement

I saw this book on Janssen’s round-up of the best I spy books. Each page is covered with tons of things and a small paragraph which ends in a question about something you have to find. I made Christopher read each page before we began our hunt. We could have looked at each small drawing all night, but we were on a schedule, so we kind of rushed through. We did find everything of course.

4 Stars

The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud

This book was also on the I spy list from Everyday Reading. It was read twice in our house, which is a pretty big deal. Christopher read it to me first, and then he read it again with Jim. Papa Bear is looking for his son, who is hidden on each page. Again, we loved finding the hidden object. It tells a full story vs. just being a hide-and-seek book, so I really loved this one. The pictures were pretty chaotic scenes with so many things to see and enjoy. And the story is super sweet.

5 Stars

The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate (The Princess in Black #5) by Shannon Hale

I made Christopher read this book to me, even though it’s kind of “girly,” because I love the series so much. He got pretty into it. Duff the Goat Boy / The Goat Avenger takes over watching the monster hole, so Princess Magnolia / The Princess in Black can go on a playdate. And another unexpected super hero is born. We both really enjoyed this book.

4 Stars

A Tale of Two Kitties (Dog Man #3) by Dav Pilkey

I pre-ordered this book because Christopher loved the first two books so much, but for some reason it was like pulling teeth to get him to read this book. It has another completely ridiculous plot about cloning, but it was still a ton of fun, and you don’t have to have read the first two books in the series to enjoy this book. There’s a quick recap at the beginning. The fourth book comes out on December 26th, and I’m sure we’ll be getting it ASAP.

4 Stars

What have your kids been reading lately?

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