I’m seeing that there’s just no easy way to gracefully catch up and tell you all that we’ve been up to in our absence from blogville. Every time I sit down to do it I get overwhelmed and decide to curl up in bed with a book instead.
So…. how about I just jump in and tell you what we’ve been reading over these last few months?
My middle son James read The Magnificent 12 – The Call and gave it two eager thumbs up. He can’t wait for the next installment.
From the publisher: “Twelve-year-old Mack MacAvoy suffers from a serious case of mediumness. Medium looks. Medium grades. Medium parents who barely notice him. With a list of phobias that could make anyone crazy, Mack never would have guessed that he is destined for a more-than-medium life. Until one day…”
This is the first book in what will be a series of…. 12? It’s witty, wry and fresh. I WILL warn you that the story starts out with an awful lot of talk of bullies and swirlies and a teacher that likes to sneak out for a smoke… in other words, some topics and humor that are just a tad bit mature for my boys, but considering the abysmal gross-em-out-and-shock-em literature offerings for boys today, I’d say that it was all very mild and in fact rather thought provoking and smart.
What boy doesn’t dream of a strange creature showing up in the public restroom to tell him that he’s really a hero, bound for amazing adventures?
Owing to a recommendation from my friend Hannah, my oldest has been completely lost in the Ga’Hoole series for months now. Essentially, it these books chronicle the journey of a band of young owls as they fight against the evil forces that threaten to end life as they know it.
We read the first together, and he was hooked. He hasn’t shown much interest in seeing the movie. It got sort of “eh” reviews and he doesn’t want to “watch anything that might spoilt he books” for him. Love that.
I had never even heard of this Beverly Cleary book, but given that all three of my boys are die hard Ramona and Henry fans, I thought that Mitch and Amy might be just the thing to listen to (audiobook) on the way to Granny’s house a few weeks back.
We all loved it. I never cease to be amazed by Ms. Cleary’s ability to see straight into the heart of childhood. This, as with all her stories, is just a simple look at the ordinary lives of a brother and sister, but each of us, from the 36 year old mama to the 5 year old boy found ourselves identifying with and rooting for Mitch and Amy. Delightful.
And BTW, we DID see Ramona and Beezus this summer and loved it. Loved. It!
We read The Well of Sacrifice aloud as part of our history studies. It’s a little scary, suspenseful and more than once whatever else we had planned for the day got pushed aside so that we could read “just a little bit more!”
Okay, where have I been? I didn’t even know until recently that 101 Dalmations was a BOOK before it was a movie. Did you know that? The boys and I read it aloud and were completely smitten. It’s really such a smart endearing tale. As cute as the movie is, the book is far and away better.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever was one of my all time favorite books as a girl, so when I saw The Best Halloween Ever at the grocery store, I was thrilled. We read it aloud this week, and while it was not quite as tears-through-laughter enchanting as the first, it was fun to return to the Herdmans. This book is short, funny and was a great lunch time read aloud for the week before the big night.
Are you noticing a trend?
Yes, most of my reading lately has been beneath my grade level
Hello, I’m 36, and I read at a 4th grade level.
I DO have two grown up books on my nightstand though. I’ve actually even read a few intriguing chapters of 1000 White Women.
What about you? What have you been reading lately?