I’ve mentioned before that Christopher doesn’t really enjoy reading. Well, apparently, he has been very off-task at school during independent reading time, so we had to do quite a bit of extra reading homework at home during January to get him caught up on his classroom reading, so he was ready for the group discussions that would take place in early February.
The Case of the Glow-in-the-Dark Ghost (Jigsaw Jones Mystery #24) by James Preller
Christopher’s reading group has been reading Jigsaw Jones. He had to read 9 chapters of this book in one weekend to catch up, and it was a bit of a struggle. Not because of the book, but because reading is akin to torture for him. He’s so good at it, but he hates it. After each chapter he had to write a small reflection: character, problem, question, etc. Because of that I ended up skimming most of the book myself. It was a fairly decent mystery story with the kids trying to determine whether a ghost was really being seen every Tuesday night. The chapters were nice and short, so that was good.
Help! A Vampire’s Coming! (Ready, Freddy! #6) by Abby Klein
Christopher borrowed this book from the school library, and we both really enjoyed it. Right away we related to the relationship between the mom and Freddy and Freddy’s struggles going to sleep at night because of some fears. He was enjoyed this book so much that he actually wanted to finish the book. It took us three weeks, but he got through it all. I tried to follow the classroom example and ask him questions about the book after he finished his reading time. I was surprised by the details he remembered. Freddy is afraid of a vampire coming into his room at night. He seeks advice from his friends and tries garlic and nailing the window shut. It was a cute story, and perfect for Christopher in subject matter.
Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #2) by Ben Clanton
After breezing through the first book in this series, I quickly requested this second book from the library. Christopher read this book willingly at bedtime, even though we now do homework reading right after school. I love a book that gets him doing extra reading, since it’s so rare. In this story Narwhal and Jellyfish decide to become super heroes. It’s really cute, and it was another quick read for Christopher. This book is perfect for early readers. There’re aren’t too many words, and the writing is broken up with many pictures.
Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10) by Jeff Kinney
Christopher borrowed this book from the school library, and he was pretty excited to find a book in this series that we hadn’t read or at least seen before. I decided to read it to him, so we could get through some of it before it was due back. Even still, we only read a couple chapters. Greg’s mom has decided that host an electronic-free event for the town. That’s about all we read. It had Greg’s usual sarcastic tone, which I really don’t appreciate. I did enjoy the cute cartoons as always. Although Christopher was laying in bed while I was reading from his couch, so he didn’t get to see the pictures.
Plume by Isabelle Simler
I read about this book somewhere and reserved it from our local library. I wasn’t sure what to expect. This book has few words, but the illustrations of feathers are absolutely beautiful. Christopher enjoyed hunting for the cat on each page, and we spent some time after reading the book looking at all of the additional feathers inside the cover of the book. Perfectly suited for children ages 2-6, this book is meant to be poured over. The birds and feathers are quite colorful, and that cat sure is mischievous. I was actually surprised by how engaged Christopher was with this book because at first glance, I thought it would be too simplistic.
Warts and All: A Book of Unconditional Love by Lori Haskins Houran
The illustrations in this book are SO adorable! I just wanted to squeeze each of the baby animals. This book is about unconditional love, and it was kind of the perfect book for us right now. Christopher has been feeling very unloved since we’ve been rather tough parents lately with all of his challenges at school. This book would make a great gift for new parents, and I think it may end up among the classics, such as Guess How Much I Love You.