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Monday, July 30, 2018

It's Monday! WHat Are You Reading? 7/30/18

I'm excited to be linking up with Kelly Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


Picture Books 

Our picture book reading was hit or miss this week.  We are reading lots of books around dragons and food for future book round up posts.

 Spaghetti Smiles was a book that I was hoping to add to a future books about food post, but this one totally missed the mark for me and L.T.   






And continuing on the food book trend we read Peanut Butter & Cupcake.  The pictures using real food was something different, but I didn't think it was a great book.  I  won't be including it in my food roundup post. L.T. got bored with this one half way thru it.  





We also read Ol' Mama Squirrel and I thought it was okay, but L.T. really liked it.  He thought it was so silly how that Ol' Mama Squirrel attacked the grizzly bear.  




Baby Dragon was a book we read to possibly add to part II of our dragon book roundup.  L.T liked this one (cute illustrations) and I was kind of appalled at this storyline.  The Mama Dragon has to leave her Baby Dragon overnight while she goes to visit Grandma Dragon who is not feeling well.  She tells the Baby Dragon to wait for her by the red fern. HOLD UP! So this Mama Dragon is okay leaving her Baby Dragon overnight without anyone babysitting.  As an adult reading this I am wondering why doesn't she bring the dragon with her? Does she really expect this dragon to sit by the red fern??  And of course, Baby Dragon misses his mother and gets sadder and sadder while he waits. A sneaky crocodile offers to bring Baby Dragon to his mother, but then he tells him he is going to bring the Baby Dragon to his kids so they can eat him.  Somehow Baby Dragon escapes, but then gets lost.  He manages to find his way to the red fern where he waits until his mother arrives.  She assures him she will always come back for him.   Obviously there are some life lessons in there like stranger danger (that sneaky crocodile) and listening to your parents, but I just wasn't a fan. 



Chapter Books  

 C Bear finally finished Thunder Girls. There was a time I didn't think that we were going to finish it because he just struggled with how long of a book it was and the lack of the pictures.  Lesson learned we are not ready for books without pictures.  


We just started this Usborne Illustrated Norse Myths and are loving it.   Stories are short (maybe 10-20 pages) and the illustrations break up each story. 


Adult Books  

 I finished Class Mom.  It was a funny light read.  Having been class mom I got quite a few chuckles at her emails to the class.  They were basically what I wish I could have said to the class, but didn't dare say.  




I started The Sapphire Widow and am only 40 pages in so hard to make a judgement, but I think I am going to enjoy this one.




Any fun picture books about food that you recommend?




16 comments:

  1. Oooh, the Usborne Illustrated Norse Myths looks wonderful! I bet my kiddos would really enjoy that one (especially since it's part of our ancient family heritage). I have a friend who sells Usborne, so I may have to grab her and make an inquiry. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. It's a great book. I do have to say every Usborne book I have bought I just love. They have great products!!!

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  2. I've been wanting to read Class Mom as a book in between everything else that I'm reading but I wasn't sure if it was actually a light read. I'm happy to hear that it is and I'll definitely get to it soon!

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    1. Def a light fun read. Hope you enjoy it.

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  3. That Peanut Butter and Cupcake book (and the others in the series) just kind of give me the creeps, there's something about the photos of sentient foods that I find so weird! But, I know a lot of kids find them fascinating, so what do I know? ;-)

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    1. It's weird to me, but I am all about what ever captures the interest of the kids.

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  4. Class Mom sounds so funny and I love the cover art! I don't often read adult fiction (I mostly stick to YA) but I'm adding that one to my TBR. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It was a fun light read. Hope you enjoy it!

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  5. I never was able to hunt down a copy of Peanut Butter and Cupcake. FUnny that Jane doesn't like sentient food. I can understand that! I'm tempted to get Thunder Girls, but wish the series from these authors weren't so very long!

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    1. Yes the books were a little too long. I think it would have held his interest more if the chapters were a tad shorter.

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  6. I am looking forward to when my grandchildren are older and we can read beyond baby books. I laughed when I read your comments about Baby Dragon. I had similar feelings a couple of weeks ago with Yellow Kayak by Nina Laden.

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    1. I'll have to check out Yellow Kayak just so I can be annoyed lol. Baby Dragon really disturbed me especially that it got some good reviews on GoodReads. I was like did we read the same book?

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  7. I have another Norse myth book that you've reminded me of. Thanks for the honest reviews of those first picture books, too. Thunder Girls may be one an older granddaughter will enjoy. Thanks!

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    1. Thunder Girls is def geared towards the 9-11 age range. I was super impressed with how many references and characters they used from Norse Mythology in the book.

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  8. I have not read any of these :-O And I love mythology, so thank you for sharing.

    Happy reading this week :)

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    1. I love mythology too! I have read a lot of Greek and Roman mythology stories, but this was my first encounter with Norse mythology.

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