Juvenile Pile: Migthy Robot, Fly Guy, and the Cat

Our chapter book reading continues…

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. The Naughty Nightcrawlers From Neptune (Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot #8) by Dav Pilkey

I got to hear the first chapter of this book and the last few chapters. I missed all of the fun about the fort that Ricky builds, but I got to see the epic battle in flip-o-rama, a standard in every book. Christopher enjoyed this book immensely, like all the rest. As a parent, I love the full page color illustrations, the interactive flip pages, and the limited words that build confidence in early readers.

4 Stars

Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot vs. The Unpleasant Penguins from Pluto (Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot #9) by Dav Pilkey

We finally made it to the end of the series! Again, I only heard the second half of this book. I enjoyed the twist at the end – it’s a little different from the formula of the other books. I don’t have much else to say other than I’m sure we’re going to return to this series over and over, until Christopher outgrows them. I kind of wish there was a boxset, so we could buy them all.

4 Stars

The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5) by Lemony Snicket

Christopher loved the new series on Netflix, so I thought we’d try reading the rest of the books to tide us over until the next season starts. I got book 5 from the library, and he surprised me by being able to read the first chapter. Then I took over, but we only made it about 1/3 of the way through the book. There’s just so much description and so few pictures. I think we’ll try this series again in a couple of years.

No Rating (since we didn’t finish)

Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl (Fly Guy #8) by Tedd Arnold

Christopher checked this book out from the library at school. Here are his thoughts:

“I like this book because he meets a girl, and they’re exactly the same. They both eat gross things (like a dead worm – yuck! – and squashed tomatoes).”

It was a decent early chapter book. The illustrations were funny, and the text was simple. It just didn’t stand out anything special to me.

3 Stars

The Cat in the Hat the Movie!: Cooking with the Cat (Step into Reading, Step 1) by Bonnie Worth

Another school library pick for Christopher, this book was definitely too easy for him. The words are very basic – a true level 1 book, which I appreciated. But that resulted in some rather odd text. Some of it was about cooking, but a lot of it was pretty bizarre. I guess it was fitting of The Cat in the Hat, but certainly not a Dr. Seuss classic.

2 Stars (from Christopher)

What has your family been reading this week?

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