Juvenile Pile: Ridiculous and Wonderful

Life has gotten in the way of blogging lately, but thankfully not in the way of reading. Although, Jim and I recently adjusted our bedtime assignments, so he’s now doing 4 nights a week with Christopher, and I only put him to bed 3 times a week. Factoring in babysitters, I feel like we’ve been reading together a lot less frequently lately, which is sad. But the extra evening time to get things done is quite nice.

Anyway, here’re some books we’ve been reading together lately.

The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants #1) by Dav Pilkey

I read this book long ago with my nieces and nephew, but it was fun to revisit it with Christopher. We’d read some later books in the series already, so I enjoyed going back to the beginning. The origins of Captain Underpants were different than I remembered. Pretty ridiculous actually, but Christopher enjoyed this book. I’m very much looking forward to the movie.

3 Stars

Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (Captain Underpants #2) by Dav Pilkey

I’ll admit, I didn’t get to read this full book. Christopher started reading it aloud to me, but then he finished with Jim or the babysitter. Again, this book is rather silly, but it does the trick and keeps young children interested in reading. We’ve been making our way through this series in preparation for the new movie that’s coming out in June. I love movies, especially those based on books, so we’ll be going ASAP once it comes out.

3 Stars

Super Mario Adventures by Kentaro Takekuma

Christopher picked this book out at the book fair at school. We gave him $20 and let him buy whatever books he wanted. He chose this and a Zelda book, which Jim’s been reading to him. These comics is pretty insane. They’re actually related to plumbing, which is funny. We haven’t read much of this book, but so far it’s not fantastic. He and Jim should really read this book together because I’m sure it’ll have nice nostalgia for Jim.

2 Stars

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

I’ve been reading this book out loud to Christopher for about the last month or so. It’s slow going, but he’s pretty into it (although he struggled with Via’s section). We’re almost half way through the book. We borrowed the book from a friend after Christopher was reading a little at her house. I read this book back in 2014 and loved it. We’re both excited for the movie coming out this fall, so we’re pushing through. I don’t remember much of the details of this book, so it’s to be re-reading it.

4 Stars

Another note on Wonder. I listened to an interview with the author on an older episode of 88 Cups of Tea podcast yesterday, and my mind was blown. R.J. Palacio is a woman! The interview was super interesting – all about where the idea came from and her writing process, but I couldn’t reconcile her female voice with the image in my head of this author as a man.

What have your kids been reading lately?

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