Weekend Reading

The book haul from the birthday party:
The new Ivy + Bean!  Ivy + Bean Make The Rules (Book 9) by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall.  Chronicle Books, 2012.

And the Ivy + Bean hardcover boxed set, books 1-8!  Somebody's grandpa loves her very much.
More chapter books!  Mermaid Tales: Trouble at Trident Academy (Book One) by Debbie Dadey, illustrated by Tatevik Avakyan.  Aladdin, 2012.  The first four Junie B. Jones books by Barbara Park.  Random House, 2001.  Junie B. First Grader (Book 26), 2007.

Our current library stash:
Yeah, don't worry.  I'm not even going to try listing every title, let alone author, illustrator, and publisher.

No shortage of new reading material.  Nope.

As for me, I'm reading this:
The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart.  Little, Brown, 2012.  I read The Mysterious Benedict Society books when I was still a bookseller.  What can I say?  I feel the need to keep reading.

And I started this:
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones.  Harper, 2012.

And yes, there are a few titles from prior "Weekend Reading" posts that remain unfinished.  

So there's a lot to choose from!  And the second weekend of Julius Caesar kicks off tomorrow, and we have birthday parties to attend both Saturday and Sunday!  Whew!

What are you reading?

Rainy Day Cartoons

My fall weather is back!  It is only in the 50s this morning, and the high should be around 67.  But it is a wet day, and while I normally love cool rainy weather, the abrupt shift has given me a massive headache.  Today's post, therefore, will be short and sweet.

My head hurts too much for reading - in fact, I want to go back to bed - so I thought I'd give you a few vintage cartoons from the 1930s today.  Little Sis loves old cartoons.  The weirder, the better.  These are old ComiColor Cartoons, produced by the Ub Iwerks studio.  Ub Iwerks was Walt Disney's partner in the early days, and he famously co-created Mickey Mouse.  These cartoons are nowhere near the level of the great Disney shorts, but they have a vintage charm about them.

And yes, Balloon Land is our favorite.

Awesome Book Alert: Dragons Love Tacos

I have been meaning to check this book out for a while.  I finally picked it up from the library yesterday.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.  Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012.

This one is going on our wishlist immediately.

It had us hooked from the first page.  Look at the kid's awesome dragon toys and pictures!  And that bed.

The narrator instructs this dragon-loving child on how to attract dragons.  The answer?  Tacos.  Lots of tacos.  But nothing spicy.

We see lots of different dragons, and there is a dragon taco party!

I don't want to give away the ending, so we'll just leave it there.

I asked the girls to help me review the book.  Big Sis said, "I liked it, but it made me hungry!  Hungry for tacoooooos."  Little Sis said, "I do like spicy salsa, but not with beans."  I don't know what she's talking about.  She's like that sometimes.

I say, "This is a fabulous read-aloud book.  It has a structure that uses repetition, which helps engage kids, but it's a wholly original book.  It had all three of us giggling at bedtime.  In fact, my only complaint about the book is that we read it at the wrong time of day.  It is too funny for a bedtime book."

Circus/Carnival Birthday Party

The party was wonderful.  As crazy as it was to put together, it had a very laid-back vibe in the end.  The kids had a blast.  The grown-ups had a good time.  My friend Wendi, who has an in-home bakery called Sweet Sugarlicious, made a beautiful cake and cookies.  She also worked her magic with the face paint!  The hubby bravely shaved off his beard and donned some clown makeup.  He was a great clown, but the makeup burned his face, so the clown only lasted about half an hour!

Big Sis received many wonderful gifts, including a ton of books.  My father gifted her with not one, but two cameras:  one of his old digital cameras and a Fuji Instax Mini.  The Instax has been a great deal of fun.  I scanned some of my favorite instant photos from the evening of the party.

So there you have it.  Our circus/carnival birthday party.  Little Sis has a birthday in November (Raggedy Ann!), but she's shy and her parties are smaller.  Thank goodness.  Now all I want to do is sleeeeeeeeeeeep.

To get a glimpse at some of our prep work, see this post.

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Obsessive Nostalgia Disorder Monday: I Am A Kitten

I Am A Kitten (A Golden Sturdy Book) by Ole Risom.  Illustrated by Jan Pfloog.  Western Publishing, 1974.

"I am a kitten.  My name is Kate.  I live in a pleasant house in the country."  When I started my bookstore job, I spent a lot of time looking up books I loved as a kid, wondering if they were still in print.  Alas, this Golden Sturdy Book was not.  I remembered it fairly well.  My parents still had it memorized from all the repeat readings.

When Big Sis was born, my mom gave me a bunch of old clothes that had belonged to me as a baby.  Then my brother gave me a bunch of his old books.  I had forgotten that my brother (who is 10 1/2 years younger than me and didn't live with me) had some of my childhood books.  I'm sure I gave them to him.

I love it when something lost is found again.

Sidenote:  I had lots of cats as a child.  One was named Kate.  Years later, my mom had another cat named Kate.  When I met my husband, he had a Siamese.  Her full name is Katharine of Aragon (named for a punchline on  Frasier), but called Kate or Katie.  We still have her.  She's getting old, but she's still awesome.

EDIT:  By the way, to see a couple more Golden Sturdy Books from around this time period, check out this post  on my bloggy friend Leanne's blog Vintage Books for the Very Young.

Party pictures to come!

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