Juvenile Pile: Short and Sweet

We didn’t read many books this week because of babysitters and because I really wanted to finish James and the Giant Peach. Also, Christopher has been super irritable lately and not willing to read at night. We definitely won’t be finishing the library’s August challenge, and it’s questionable whether we’ll get through bingo because we really only have chapter books left, and Christopher is a reluctant to continue on with any chapter book he starts.

The one summer bingo book we read this week was Wayne Gretzky Hockey Star. I selected it to be our “Book about the Past.” It was more of a biography than an actual story about the past, but Gretzky did play hockey in the past, so it’s close enough.

Christopher enjoyed it. He loves hockey. It was maybe a level 2 easy reader book, but he got through the whole thing which seems like a big accomplishment lately. We enjoyed the real photos and the simple information.

3 stars

We own Duck at the Door, and it’s always a fun read (along with Duck Soup). Duck comes to stay with Irene and all of her pets one winter instead of migrating with his flock. He drives everyone crazy, so they’re happy to see him go in the spring. But bored without him and very ready for him to return again in winter.

Christopher started reading this one, and then I finished. It has quite a lot of words on some pages. The animal antics are cute.

4 stars

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day is a Dr. Seuss book that I’d never heard of. Christopher found it at the library. It’s pretty strange, even for Dr. Seuss. It’s about a rather unconventional school, Diffendoofer School, where the teachers teach some nontraditional subjects. The students have to take a test, along with all of the students from other schools, to see which school is the best. Of course they do well and then they declare a holiday – Diffendoofer Day. So weird, but also kind of true-ish with all of the standardized testing that goes on today. I liked this one line: “We’ve taught you…something else that matters more – We’ve taught you how to think.” I wish that’s what schools taught!

3 stars

Miss Mary Reporting is another book we originally selected for the “Book about the Past”, but it was too long for Christopher to read on his own. It’s about Mary Garber, the first female sports reporter. It’s an interesting story about her journey as a sports writer.

It’s pretty long even considering that it’s aimed at older children – ages 5-8 probably. It has a lot of facts and even some quotes. We were attracted to the sports aspect, but I think it’s a good story for anyone to hear. It’s about going after your dreams even if it’s something that’s never been done before. It showcases going up against adversity and triumph in the face of discrimination.

3 stars

As I mentioned above, we finally finished James and the Giant Peach. It’s a odd little story. James gets some magic crocodile tongues from a random old man, and he drops them into the grass belong the peach tree on his aunts’ farm. The make things grow bigger – bugs and a peach. The giant peach becomes a traveling vessel for James and the bugs. It even kills the horrible aunts.

The journey is full of peril – sharks and cloudmen. There’s some fun bantering between the centipede and the worm (which were my favorite parts) and some ingenuity from James mostly. We enjoyed it, but neither of us loved it.

3 stars

What have your kids been reading? 

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