Friday Reads

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!


  1. I don't like baking nor waking up early so kudos to you for doing both! I didn't know about Sarah Gibb but I am now in love with her illustrations! Have fun at the State Fair! Which reminds me to check out if there is any events in my town! Have a good weekend!

    1. I hate waking up early. I love breakfast, but I HATE making it myself. No problem cooking or baking for lunch or later, but let me wake up first! So yeah, this was a big deal for me. Luckily, I was so tired the night before, that I fell into bed a couple hours earlier than usual. Sarah Gibb's Rapunzel is gorgeous! I would love to see The Princess Who Had No Kingdom in person, but our library system doesn't carry it. We are not going to the fair this year. I'm bummed. My husband's schedule finally changed, and we thought he'd be able to go, too, but a last-minute snag means he's working today after all. We're going to work on hats for the school Hat Parade instead. (Future post!) Have a marvelous weekend, dear!

  2. What a great post! All the books look amazing. From the mixed-up files is on my wish list too, mr underneath looks creepy indeed, and roald dahl has been one of my favorite authors since I was little. The muffins look yummy too! I love fall!

    1. Thank you. Me, too! I'm having a muffin this morning, in fact. Books and cooler weather... My favorite things!

  3. Oh! I think you guys will really enjoy Mr. Underneath- I did!

    1. Goody! I'm looking forward to reading it. I need someone to finish some of her library pile first...


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