Ok, so I know you’re not supposed to stop reading picture books just because your child can read chapter books, but we have read almost no picture books lately. And the chapter books we’re reading have pictures, so that sort of counts, right? Christopher’s reading has really taken off. He surprised me by being able to read an entire Captain Underpants book, which he wasn’t able to read this past summer when we bought it from a yard sale.
Plus his teacher required reading time has gone up to 20 minutes per night, so chapter books are really working well for us. With picture books he’d have to read so many to reach the 20 minute mark, and with chapter books sometimes he gets so into the story that he keeps going for more than 20 minutes, which of course I don’t mind one bit.
Here’s what we’ve been enjoying lately…
Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln? (Tales from Deckawoo Drive #3) by Kate DiCamillo
I had this book on my Kids TBR list for a while. I don’t remember where I heard about it. Christopher started reading this to me, but it wasn’t holding his attention, so I ended up reading the rest to him over several nights. It’s a very strange story, and it’s actually the third book in a series, which I didn’t realize. Baby Lincoln has always been bossed around by her older sister, even though they’re very old. She strikes out on her own to have an adventure. It’s full of quirky characters and surprisingly not much plot. We didn’t really care for it.
I couldn’t remember the details of Captain Underpants origin, so thankfully there’s a little recap comic at the beginning of the book. Christopher read this whole book to me over several nights. There was more chapter style writing than comic books – which didn’t align with my memories of this series. I enjoyed the characters and the crazy plot. He loved it and quickly started book 5 with Jim, although I’m not sure he finished it.
Dog Man Unleashed (Dog Man #2) by Dav Pilkey
I ordered this book from Amazon, and I think I may have been even more excited to receive it than Christopher was. We loved the first Dog Man book. Christopher read this book in three sittings – although he re-read what he’d read with Jim with me, so I could hear the whole book. He actually read this book for 50 minutes straight. The plot wasn’t as good as the first book. Dog Man was more dog-like in this book, which was unexpected. But the comic style writing was still tons of fun.
We love Ricky Ricotta and his Mighty Robot. Christopher read this whole book in a couple of nights. There was a lot of alliteration in this book, and it was a fun opportunity to teach him that word. These books are pretty formulaic, but they’re some much fun. Earth is in danger from Stinkbugs from Saturn in this book, but of course good triumphs over evil.
Christopher read this book in one sitting at one of our recent reading parties. Somehow they’re morphed into him reading to me, but it’s OK (for now at least). I enjoy listening to him read. This book had a funny Trojan horse like decoy plot. It was absurd but fun as usual. I love the mix of chapters with full picture pages, comics, and flip-o-rama fighting in these books. It breaks it up for young readers, and it makes the books go fairly quickly.
What have your kids been reading lately?