Don't Judge Me


I love books.  I love reading books to kids.  I love love love reading books to my girls.  And we have an awesome home library, full of classics and soon-to-be classics, award-winners and shoulda-been award-winners.  So I don't think there's anything wrong with owning a few candy-coated junky books.  A little marshmallow fluff.  When we hit the Scholastic book fairs this year, I bought Big Sis some National Geographic Kids non-fiction, a Judy Moody book, a little biography on Gabby Douglas, the latest Fancy Nancy chapter book.  And um, this:

My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell
by G.M. Berrow.  Little, Brown & Company, 2013.

Why yes, that would be a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic chapter book.  And just to break up our bedtime routine a bit, I promised to read it to both girls at bedtime, since Little Sis is such a little pony freak these days.

Don't judge me, but...

I liked it.

I'm not recommending it to you.  I am not suggesting that you go out and buy it yourself.  But I have to admit, we had fun with it this week.  I don't really watch the series myself, but I've listened in as it's on, so I attempted to do the voices and everything.  (While my voice is naturally a bit high, I will say my throat hurt from speaking in such a high register!)  Compared to some of the other silly chapter book series I've looked at, though, this wasn't that bad.  I even asked to watch the show with the girls last night.

Don't judge me, but I had no idea my girls have seen the first 2 episodes of the show so much.  They said every single line along with the ponies, the way I can say every line along with Heathers or Poltergeist or something.  (Don't worry, they haven't seen Heathers or Poltergeist.)  It really isn't a bad show.  The animation is pretty awesome and there were some very funny bits.  It's much better than the show I grew up with.  It makes me want a Build-A-Bear Pinkie Pie of my very own.  (Have you seen the Build-A-Bear Ponies?  We checked them out on a mall trip a couple of weeks ago.  It happened to be across the "street" from The Children's Place.  They're squishy cuddly!)

And there are activities at the back of the book.


I'm bracing myself for June, when I will probably head to the book store for this:


So yeah, all these mommy and book bloggers around the 'net are preparing for Screen Free Week, but here I am confessing to liking a mass-media tie-in chapter book based on a TV show.

Yeeeeaaaaaaahhhhhh....

But we have an awesome stack of stuff checked out from the library right now!


And we're back to reading the Clementine books at bedtime.  Big Sis is devouring every Magic Tree House book, as well as the second Nancy Clancy.  I'm still reading An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin. (It's okay.  Not my favorite book of his, not by a long shot.  By the way, go listen to this.  It's on Spotify, too.)  And to go along with yesterday's post, I have this little grown-up gem by Sophie Blackall checked out, too:

Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found by Sophie Blackall.
Workman Publishing, 2011.


So don't judge me.  I just like books.  Books, books, and more books.

Merry Weekend, one and all!  Happy Reading!

Comments

  1. I fear the days when my own daughter might get into the My Little Pony wagon because I can't stand it! I bought many Strawberry Shortcake books for her already in an attempt to divert her attention LOL

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    1. What can I say? Pinkie Pie makes me laugh. And see, I'm picky about Strawberry Shortcake. I much prefer the old '80s version to the modern version. ;)

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  2. Lol! Hey, I like My Little Ponies too ;) and after dredging Netflix and seeing some really, really terrible kids shows, My Little Ponies is practically Jane Austen of kid shows, haha!
    Audrey is hardcore into horses in general and YES we did have a My Little Ponies birthday party. For birthday treats for the kids who came, I went to Michaels and bought the $1 My Little Ponies coloring books and patted myself on the back for not succumbing to sending kids home with yet another bag of candy (seriously, kids get a bag of candy like every other week, doesnt it feel that way?!)
    And to FURTHER nerd out on ponies....did you by chance see their Dos Equis parody on The Hub? (Not sure if you had switched to netflx only before it was on) but it cracked me up. Seriously made my husband watch it. Yes, ponies parodied a beer commercial...I lol'ed.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp_33Wefayc

    Ok, lets go back to pretending that we were just talking about serious kid lit ;)

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    1. Haha, I hadn't seen that! We only watched the first couple of episodes on The Hub before the girls decided they hated it and liked their old DVDs better. Then we got rid of cable. I know the girls have made it through the 3 seasons that are on Netflix now. That's a scream.

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    2. And I know what you mean about the candy! I love finding dollar coloring books. Those are great party favors. ;o)

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  3. LOL I literally just bought one of these books for my daughter yesterday. So we'll both not judge each other. ;)

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  4. Not only am I going to go find this, I'm going to go BUY this! They did NOT have this one at our scholastic fair! My kid would have flipped! A My Little Pony chapter book? AW YEAH. She's gonna be thrilled when this arrives.

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  5. My son is obsessed with the Magic Tree House- we've been flying through them and I think they're awesome. Nancy Clancy will probably not be far behind, he and my almost 3 year old daughter love Fancy Nancy. And as far as the My Little Pony goes, it must be the equivalent of me reading chick lit with a turquoise colored cover with a picture of a martini on it. And I LOVE reading that stuff sometimes. 'S cool.

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    1. She's checking out all the books and research guides. She can finish one in a day now. I figure, she's capable of reading above that level, but she's learning so much history and science or whatever the subject matter is. They make her want to learn more. I LOVE that!

      Yeah, I went through a big chick lit phase every spring for a while. Especially by British or Irish authors - Jane Green, Marian Keyes, Lisa Jewell. Spring would roll around, and I wanted my light reads! Unfortunately, I haven't liked anything Green or Keyes has put out in a while, and Lisa Jewell doesn't publish as often. I tend to forget about them, not working in a bookstore anymore.

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  6. Haha! I LOVE it! And I'm so happy to see All-of-a-Kind Family on your library pile! I love that book and really need to reread it. (And Betsy-Tacy? Don't even get me started... I could sing their praises all day long!)

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    1. I've read the first All-Of-A-Kind Family book, and I need to get going on the rest! Trying to finish the Steve Martin first. And I haven't read Betsy-Tacy! I've read all of the Mother-Daughter Book Club books by Heather Vogel Frederick, and they read the Betsy-Tacy series in one of the books. I figured they should be next on my list! :)

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  7. LOL, this looks exactly like something my daughter would snatch up and love too! Our current literary "vice" is all things Disney Princess (with a few Care Bears thrown in for good measure). The more pink and glitter it has on the cover, the better she likes it.
    We love us some classic kid lit too, but sometimes kids really do need a tasty sugar frosted rainbow sprinkles cupcake snack of a book like this to devour as well:)

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    1. I was happy when the girls lost interest in the Disney Princess thing. (Well, they love Merida, but she's rather different, right?) The only thing Care Bears that we own is an old book of mine from the '80s. Well, Care Bears: The Movie is still on Netflix. My littlest LOVES that. You should see my poor husband when it's on. Hee hee hee...

      We have some Powerpuff Girls books, a Little Golden Book for the youngest and a chapter book for the oldest. That was one of my favorite shows when I was in college, though. ;o)

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    2. I'll be glad when we leave princess mania too. We recently thrifted a Disney princess game called Enchanted Dream Ball where you have to wear plastic tiaras and win tokens for shoes and dresses and bling and other goodies. She loves the thing and wants to play it every. single. day. Although watching her coerce my husband into playing(he draws the line at wearing a tiara though) makes up for all the times I get stuck playing it. Thrifted game: $1.25. Husband playing as Cinderella and pretending to look happy about winning a gown token: priceless.

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    3. Hahaha! I watched the girls play that at a friend's house once. That would make it worth playing - or watching other people play...

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  8. This post is the best!!! You know, one reason I enjoy the small online community that we've somehow established is that I feel like we're all REAL life moms. I totally have mass market (mass entertainment) books in my collection (both adult and kids) that I really enjoy. I just like being entertained.

    And about screen free week. It bugs me every year. I get so tired hearing about all the moms who don't let their kids watch tv... and all this keeping to a tv schedule (one hour on the weekends). I guess that's just not me. We love tv. We love our shows. We love to do other stuff too... I just don't like to be made to feel guilty about TV I guess. and that's what all those screen free advocates do to me. stepping off soap box now...

    Love your post!

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    1. I understand completely. I figure, as many books as my kids read (or are read), as much time as they spend outside, as much time as they spend in dance classes or school, they can veg in front of the TV. Some days they never turn it on, other days, they watch a marathon. I'm just not worried about it. I prefer to monitor what they watch.

      At least we stick to Netflix and Amazon, and therefore don't have commercials. Commercials bug me TERRIBLY.

      And I really did enjoy the book...

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    2. Um, we're not 'celebrating' screen free week either. I've got an "I heart TV' poster and I want to hang that guy loud and proud!

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