Juvenile Pile: Owls, Nightmares, and Scooby Doo

Due to an extremely excessive number of babysitters last weekend (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), I didn’t do as much reading with Christopher this week. But we did manage to get some books in on Tuesday and Thursday before I wanted to write this post.

I had made Christopher pick out a bunch of easy reader books when we went to the library a couple of weeks ago. I was in the new release section while he made his selections, so I didn’t realize he’d gotten so many level 1 books. He was picking based on title and cover I’m sure and not paying attention to the reading level. I’ll have to be more specific next time.

Uh-Oh Max is the rare Level 1 easy reader that is actually easy to read. It was way too simple for Christopher, and I should have made him select a second book, but I was anxious to get to my own reading (horrible, I know), so I let it slide.

I would recommend this book to parents with early readers, especially those that love cars/trucks. Max is silly. He loves jumping off of things, and he gets stuck under a bridge. One by one, other vehicles help him get unstuck. The writing is repetitive, which is perfect for a new reader. And of course as soon as he’s free, he does another crazy stunt and gets himself stuck again. It was a fun read. 3 stars

Thursday night, Christopher selected Daniel Tiger Visits the Library, another library selection. I thought it was a Level 1 book as well, but it’s actually Pre-Level 1, which I hope means parents are supposed to read it to their children because this one was a little trickier.

I really liked this book because in addition to being colorful and fairly easy to read, it has a positive message. We watched the TV show a few times when Christopher was younger, and we recognized the rhyme (song) – about calming down. I need to use it in real life because Christopher often gets over excited or upset still.

Completely unplanned, we ended up with an owl theme on Thursday night.

Hoot and Peep and Daniel Tiger Visits the Library

The reader for story time at the library in Daniel Tiger was an owl, and the main characters in our other book that night were also owls

Another selection from the new release shelf was Hoot and Peep. It was a super sweet story about an older brother trying to show his little sister how to be an owl. The little sister has her own ideas though, and in the end, the older brother learns from her.

Christopher and I both loved this one. The drawings we adorable! Some pages were a normal spread, like the one pictured above, but others were broken down into more frames in a comic book style. The text was simple, but I loved how the author got you inside of the heads of both characters. POV is kind of rare in picture books. I thought that was so cool. 4 stars

The Dream Jar wasn’t the best book for Christopher because he doesn’t have many nightmares. In it a little girl has them very often. She shares a room with her sister, and usually her sister is able to save her from the nightmares. One night she shares a secret – dreams aren’t real, and you can change them if you want to. She teaches the main character how to transform scary sea monsters into something funny. That alone was a fun plot line.

But then, the sister goes to a sleepover, and the little girl has to sleep all alone. Her sister surprises her with The Dream Jar. I won’t give it away, but if you have a reluctant sleeper, you might want to check this book out. We may end up making our own dream jar. There is a lot of text in this book, so it’s probably better suited for ages 4 and up. 4 stars

Tuesday night, despite my protests, we read Scooby-Doo and Aliens, Too! It was fine for a Scooby-Doo book. They’re always so weird. And I really don’t enjoy reading Scooby’s voice. The things we do for love! šŸ™‚

Christopher had already flipped through this book, so he’d figured out the plot without reading the words. He had it mostly right, and of course he told me what he thought was going to happen. It was a crazy tale of secret identities and danger. Your typical Scooby-Doo pretty much. It’s worth reading if you have a Scooby-Doo fan in your house. 3 stars

What did your kids make you read this week? What are they reading on their own?

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