Friday Reads

Wow.  This is my 400th post on Silver Shoes & Rabbit Holes.  Happy Friday indeed!

So remember how I said I wasn't going to do much reading for the next few weeks, because of my play? Yeah, two holds came into the library immediately following that post.  Two holds for which I was on two long waiting lists, and both books were only available for two weeks at a time.  Of course, I had to read them!

But first, Big Sis wants to review her new favorite series for you.

She asked me to tell you that she knows there are two glaring
grammatical errors in her note, but she "wrote it in a hurry!"

These are the two books she read on her own this past week.

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912;
I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
by Lauren Tarshis.  Scholastic, 2010 and 2012.

"I like the I Survived books, because I learn something and it feels like I'm in the book.  There is are always some scary things in them, but it's always better in the end.  I think there they're my favorite series." - Big Sis, age 8, second grade.

She devoured these books!  We first came across I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912, when we were cat-sitting for friends this fall.  Their son had left it on the kitchen table, and she was intrigued.  We had already read the Magic Tree House book about the Titanic, and she has a beginning reader nonfiction title, too.  She kept scanning the shelves at school, but it was always checked out.  Then two weeks ago, hooray!  It turned up on a cart of books to be shelved.  She had already decided to read the San Francisco Earthquake book next, as it was another event she was familiar with through the Magic Tree House books.

We received a Scholastic Reading Club order form from her teacher yesterday.  I always order online instead of by check, because the teacher earns more free stuff that way, and you can access all of the available items, not just the books in your class's particular catalog.  We found a set of 7 I Survived books and another title that were available online only, and the newest book was in the fourth grade catalog. Stories about historic disasters may not scream "Valentine's Day!," but I know they will be appreciated.  ($20 for nine books!  Hard to beat that!)

Now for the rest of what we read...

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
by Mo Willems.  Balzer + Bray, 2012.

We love Mo Willems.  I mean, who doesn't?  We actually gave this book as a birthday gift, right after it came out, because we knew it would be awesome.  Over a year later, and we just got around to reading it ourselves!  Such a funny book!  I read it to the second graders in Big Sis's class yesterday, as it seemed fitting after two weeks of Fairy Tale Comics.  I'm sure many of you have already read it, but if you haven't, just know that it's very cleverly written and laugh-out-loud silly.  Bonus:  HarperCollins is awesome about posting event kits and printable activities on their website, and there are plenty for this title!

No book trailer for this one, but apparently there is (or will be?) an animated version.  Here is Mo Willems recording the endpapers for the animation.  (Yes, the endpapers.)

We also read....

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013.

Another one we were a little late getting to, although not that late.  This gem has been all over the internet, and I knew we needed to check it out.  This is a beautifully illustrated book, as we meet Mr. Tiger, who feels out of place in his world of formal, well-dressed animals, walking on two legs.  He decides to go a little wild, walking on four legs, roaring, perhaps even - gasp! - shedding his clothes.  He heads to the wilderness, where he can be his wild self.  The wilderness is lonely, though, so he returns home.  Lucky for Mr. Tiger, the rest of the animals are starting to explore their own wild selves, too.  We love Peter Brown - Children Make Terrible Pets is a favorite - and this one did not disappoint.

And what did I read this week?

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
by Helen Fielding.  Knopf, 2013.

I know there are plenty of Bridget Jones detractors out there, but I loved the first two books.  They made me laugh.  I have happy memories of reading them along with one of my best friends, roaring over the Colin Firth interview in the second book.  So yes, I was excited to read this one.  What can I say?  I laughed.  (Out loud.  A lot.)  I cried.  

And I finally got my turn at this one...

Allegiant by Veronica Roth.
Katherine Tegan Books, 2013.

I had already caught whiff of the ending, but it was still painful to get there.  Oh, teen dystopian novels, I do love you so.  I'm looking forward to Divergent the movie, even if I get stuck seeing it at home a year later.  By the way, Big Sis has now seen the movie version of The Hunger Games - she begged, we discussed, we watched - and she is in love with it, and can't wait until she can read the books.  I told her she can read them in a few years.  I may let her try the City of Ember books this summer, though.  Post-apocalyptic kiddie books: they do exist!  And now, I must direct you to this very funny article at Book Riot.  I guess I will never overthrow a dystopian society.  I'm too old (#1).  However, I do have a weird name (#5)!  

So...  what are you reading?  What have you read lately?  

Merry Weekend.  Happy Reading!  

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  1. hi lovey! i'll bet J would love those Surviving books! Lately she's been way into the Theo Stilton and Geronimo Stilton books -- girls still loves her pictures in books!!! I have never read a Bridget Jones book and I would really like to! You've inspired me! I was pretty disappointed in Allegiant -- I had to force myself to slog thru to the end. Didi you find that? Not the best of the series by a long shot. Right now I'm reading 'Life After Life', by Kate Atkinson and it's pretty good! XOXOXOXXOXO

    1. I did think Allegiant was the weakest of the three. I don't know if I liked Four's narration. I like the story, but it wasn't paced as well as the first two books. We have a Geronimo Stilton book, and I've caught Big Sis checking it out. I want her to try BabyMouse, as it's been highly recommended by a lovely lady at our favorite book store. Today, I'm heading to the library to pick up a couple of manga for Little Sis, as she loves all things Japanese right now. She isn't reading on her own just yet, but they might be fun for all of us. XOXOXOOXO

  2. Maybe she would like the My Story books too? I remember finishing the first Bridget book and just turning back to page one and starting again! Back in the nineties. Actually, now that I think of it, about two months before I met my hub. Have a good weekend!

    1. My Story and Dear America! Those series are in our mental to-read pile. I don't think she's quite ready for them yet, although we've been watching the Dear America TV series (which I never knew existed until recently!) on Netflix. I'm excited for her to get to those when she's ready, though. She's taking a break from I Survived until her Scholastic order comes in by reading the American Girl books. The girl loves her historic fiction! She and I will be swapping books like crazy someday. ;)

      I know, I felt rather old reading the new Bridget Jones, as she's 51(!) now. I'm not there yet, but I was in my early, early 20s and in college when I read the first two. I was single, or in the case of the second book, dating a guy I should not have been dating. I knew my husband, but we were just good friends! :) Ah, memories. Have a lovely weekend yourself!

    2. (Dear American and My America are the U.S. equivalents. Same idea, same publisher, different locales.)

    3. ok, thanks Danzel, I'll check them out.

  3. I hate haters. I say if you love Bridget, rock on! :)

  4. Great book review by Big Sis! She's made me want to check these books out- they look really interesting!
    I've only read the first Bridget Jones book, and I loved it, I thought it was so funny and ah-the movie. I LOVE Colin Firth in everything he does.

    1. I really should one of them myself once we get them. She has me curious! And I agree about Colin Firth! He is wonderful.

  5. Do you know what I love about your blog? That you aren't afraid to say you read "chick lit" (ugh that term!) and like it. :) I read a lot of it and I like it, too.

    I'm on hold for Mad About the Boy, too. Can't wait to read it!

    1. Books are books, you know? And Bridget is FUNNY!!!

      I liked it. :)

  6. Happy 400th posts! Wow that sounds phenomenal! Cheers to 400 more! :D I like your little one's book summary. It's a real challenge to make my boy write one!

    1. Thank you!

      I ask her to review books from time to time, but usually she sighs, like I'm giving her homework or something. She REALLY loves these books, though. She put together a writing bag and sat down with her little journal and started writing right away!

  7. 400 posts!!! WAHOO to that! wow wee! I'm reading too, and I've been enjoying some of what ive read Allegiant NOT being one of them. When I shut that book for the last time, I SLAMMED it shut. :(

    1. I didn't mind the ending. I just felt it was a bit slow. I think I preferred her narration to Tobias's. I finished The Borrower, and returned Bellman and Black unfinished again. Sigh. After the play...


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