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
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!