Archive for the 'Book Reviews' Category

Christmas Hijinx

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

This December, we read and enjoyed a couple of Christmas books this season with a similar theme–destroying a Christmas play. Both books focus on abhorent characters who display an offensive behavior or two or three, but while this will attract your young reader’s attention, he/she will absorb the overall positive lesson behind the tale. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever–By Barbara [...]

REVIEW: The 13 Days of Halloween

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Imagine—celebrating thirteen days of Halloween instead of just one…As of this writing, there are precisely thirteen days remaining until All Hallows Eve, making this the perfect day to review The 13 Days of Halloween By Carol Greene, Illustrated by Tim Raglin In this revision of the Christmas standard, The Twelve Days of Christmas, a charming ghoul [...]

Multi-tasking Reading

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

We’ve got lots of books going — or we are about to get them going–at our house. Nothing escapes the necessity of multi-tasking in our wacky world, does it? Not even the relaxing practice of reading. I can only imagine that Logan, our 5th grader, must have picked up the habit from me. I always [...]

The Trouble with Boys and Reading: Try Alex Rider!

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

When talking reading with other parents of boys, something like this crops up in nearly every conversation:   “Stevie used to love to read, but now he hates it,” OR  “I just cannot get my boys to read…” Reading is not a gender specific activity, but I do think that parents play a role in making [...]

It’s in the Cards

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

A staple book that seems to get more attention in the summer at our house is The Book of Cards for Kids by Gail MacColl.  This book, which I highly recommend,  is your guide to every card game you can imagine, from the classics like Gin and Crazy Eights to the more obscure and fun Smudge, [...]

Reading Goes to the Dogs

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Good Dog Carl  Toddlers–and their reading partners– love Carl, the even-keeled Rotweiler that is charged with minding the baby in several of these beautifully illustrated picture books, including Carl’s Afternoon in the Park, and our family favorite, Good Dog, Carl.    The books have very few words,  but the story is brilliantly told through the paintings of Alexandra Day, who incidentally owns [...]

Reading Together: Swindle

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

My ten-year-old and my husband are currently reading Swindle by Gordan Korman. Logan reviews this as ” an awesome book,”  and “the best book I’ve ever read.” The swindle: Griffin Bing finds a rare Babe Ruth baseball card, but doesn’t realize just how rare…and is quickly duped into selling it to ruthless card-shop owner. Griffin [...]

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