It's Friday! Here's a picture of our breakfast. I got up early (!) and made chocolate chip pumpkin muffins. The weather called for it. It finally feels like fall!
The girls and I started The Emerald City of Oz this week. I can't believe we're suddenly on book 6! It took us months to get through the first Oz book, but now we are truckin'! As we are in full Oz mode, you can be sure there will be more Oz posts to come. If they fail to be of interest to you, I'm sorry. I'm trying to split them up, but I have to do them. I must. Oz is my thing.
Big Sis is reading up a storm of her own! She informed me that her Magic Tree House books are too easy now. I knew they were easy as far as reading level goes, but I liked the history lessons. She is now in love with all things Judy Moody. While she waited for the muffins to come out of the oven this morning, she finished her library book from school:
|Judy Moody Declares Independence|
by Megan McDonald, illustrated by
Peter H. Reynolds.
Candlewick Press, 2010.
I'm still trying to get used to her reading all these things I haven't read myself. Yesterday, she finished her book from the public library:
|Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper.|
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2008.
Just Grace is the first book in another series, but I'm not sure Big Sis is ready to jump in on the rest. She is in a Judy Moody mood. We also gave her two more Ramona Quimby books for her birthday, and I have a feeling she will be reading those soon.
I checked out the first book in yet another series for her, but I'm reading it myself now. I thought she might be interested in the Emily Windsnap books, about a girl who discovers she is a mermaid. The illustrations are by Sarah Gibb, who illustrated that gorgeous edition of Rapunzel a few years ago.
|The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler,|
illustrated by Sarah Gibb.
Candlewick Press, 2003.
I'm not very far into the book yet - yesterday was a crazy day! - but it seems pretty enjoyable. While the character of Emily is older (12), I don't think the book would be too hard for Big Sis. I might suggest it for her when she's ready to try something new.
Big Sis and I are also planning to read Mr. Underneath by Randy Briley together soon. We are waiting for the perfect autumn weather to start, since it seems like the perfect creepy fall read.
|Mr. Underneath by Randy Briley.|
Raven Mad Studios, 2013.
I finally read a book I missed as a kid, the Newbery-winning classic From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
|From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. BasilE. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg.|
Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
1967. (2007 reprint)
I shall try not to let that one slip by the girls when they're older, especially if they intend to read Brian Selznick's Wonderstruck, which pays homage to From the Mixed-Up Files... I adore Wonderstruck, and I knew enough about this book to understand Selznick was honoring it, but I do wish I would have read this one first.
Finally, if you weren't already aware, today is Roald Dahl Day!!!
|the official Roald Dahl Day logo|
The beloved writer would have turned 97 years old today, and this is the day to celebrate his awesomeness! If there are no Roald Dahl events near you, the website offers a ton of downloads and printables. I think the girls and I will have a mini-Dahl celebration this evening. I'm sorry Big Sis has a substitute today. Her teacher read The Magic Finger to the class last month, so I know she's a fan.
I think we may try to visit the state fair tomorrow, and we definitely have two birthday parties to juggle on Sunday. September is one of our craziest months. Is it like this for anyone else?
As always, Merry Weekend! Happy Reading!