Thursday, September 21, 2017

Big Words for Little Geniuses by: Susan and James Patterson

I am looking forward to sharing this book with my sixth graders this week.  Susan and James Patterson have collected a variety of words that we all need to know in their book Big Words for Little Geniuses.

I only read page one and knew I had to have this book in my personal library.  Arachibutyrophobia, do you know what that is?  Can you even pronounce it?  Good thing they break the word down so you can pronounce it somewhat accurately.  I don't want to give anything away because some of the fun will be learning the meaning of words as you read this book.  Each letter of the alphabet is represented and you will soon know and begin using words such as dulcifluous, idioglossia, volitant and pulchritudinous.  If you have Bibliomania, which if you are reading this blog you definitely have, you will want to go buy this book as soon as possible.

Share this book with friends and see who knows the meanings of the most of these words.

Happy Daily Reading.
Deanna

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fortunately, the Milk by: Neil Gaiman

I was looking for something fun and fast to read while traveling this past week and this was the perfect selection.  Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman is a delightful story about a dad's adventure when he is simply sent to buy some milk.

Mom is leaving for a conference and has left the children at home with their father.  There is no milk for breakfast and nobody wants orange juice on their cereal.  Dad goes to the store and it takes awhile for him to return home.  When he does return he has an amazing story for his children.  There are aliens, pirates, island people and even a dinosaur who is a scientist.  Dad's story is very entertaining but is it true?  That is something the reader and the children in the story need to figure out for themselves.

I would suggest reading this book as a family because each family member will find this to be a story they won't soon forget.

Happy Daily Reading
Deanna

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Are Pirates Polite? by: Corinne Demas & Artemis Roehrig

I love pirates and if you or your child like the too you will enjoy this book.  Are Pirates Polite? by Corinne Demas and Artemis Roehrig and illustrated by David Catrow will not only have you giggling you will learn a few life skills.

This rhyming story shares with readers all the fun pirates have throughout their lives.  It will also answer any questions you have about how polite pirates are.  We've all wondered if pirates can really be mean all the time.  This book will help any parent that wants to teach their children about politeness as well.

Celebrate "Talk Like a Pirate Day" on September 19 by reading this book and then being polite!

Happy Daily Reading
Deanna

Monday, September 11, 2017

We're All Wonders by: R.J. Palacio

R.J. Palacio has written and illustrated a great picture book based on her novel Wonder.  We're All Wonders will help all of our younger readers to remember to always be kind.

In this book we learn about Auggie and how he looks different than most children.  He has feelings just like we all do and he hears what others say about his looks.  It hurts his feelings when others laugh and point at him so he wears a helmet for protection.  Auggie moves forward and teaches us that we are all different and that is what makes us each a wonder.

I look forward to sharing this picture book with my young readers.  The chapter book Wonder doesn't stay on the library shelf and I'm sure this picture book will not stay there either.

Happy Daily Reading
Deanna

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Crooked Sixpence THE UNCOMMONERS By: Jennifer Bell

The Crooked Sixpence is the first book in The Uncommoners  series by Jennifer Bell.  I'm looking forward to book two.

Ivy and her brother Seb spend most of their time living with their grandmother who doesn't remember anything before January 5, 1969, Twelfth Night.  Ivy and Seb's parents do a lot of traveling for their jobs and when grandma gets sick and is rushed to the hospital it is up to Ivy and Seb to help grandma.  When Ivy and Seb return home, leaving grandma in the hospital, they find that someone has been through their home and there is a mysterious message written on a wall, WE CAN SEE YOU NOW.

Ivy and Seb soon find themselves being placed inside a piece of luggage and coming out in a cave.  As they begin to walk they find that they are in a strange land where the common items they use at home are being used in very uncommon ways.  Bells talk, feathers send messages, toilet brushes light up, belts help people fly, etc...  The mystery of how their grandmother lost her memory begins to unfold as they meet people in this land.  They become friends with Valian who they do not completely trust and he doesn't trust them either.  However, they all need each other to stop the Dirge from taking over the land.

Ivy and Seb learn that their parents have been taken and are being held for 24 hours.  They have 24 hours to give the Dirge what they want but they have no idea what that item is.  As they try to save their parents they learn more about their grandmother and her family.  It seems this is where their grandmother used to live.  There was an accident, or maybe something on purpose, that happened on Twelfth Night in 1969.  Some of their ancestors are part of the Dirge and others were fighting for what was right.  Ivy learns that she has special abilities and uses them to help her family get back together.

There is page turning action in this book as the children face all kinds of obstacles.  You will enjoy this story and you may want to use some of your belongings in different more creative ways.

Happy Daily Reading
Deanna

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Great, Now We've Got Barbarians! by: Jason Carter Eaton

A young boy with a habit of leaving messes wherever he goes doesn't think anything can happen just because of a mess.  His mother thinks differently and in Great, Now We've Got Barbarians! by Jason Carter Eaton this young boy learns sometimes mom is correct!

At first all that happens is some ants and a mouse but when Vlad and Torr, Barbarians, arrive with a few of their friends things get out of control.  First his sister finds them in her room and then dad finds them in the garage.  The entire house is a mess!  Will our young boy learn the importance of cleaning up after himself?

If you have children who don't like to clean their rooms you need to read this book to them.  They just may end up with the cleanest room in the house!

Happy Daily Reading!
Deanna

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bear's House of Books by: Poppy Bishop

As someone who loves books when I saw this book at my local library I knew it was a MUST read.  Author Poppy Bishop's book Bear's House of Books will be a picture book that all book lovers will cherish.

Four animal friends who love stories read the same book every night at bedtime.  They love their book but wish they had more books.  They begin to explore the forest looking for books and they find one!  It states that it belongs to Bear so they are now searching for Bear's home to return the book.  Once they find Bear's home they find many many books and they love them all.  When Bear returns he is not happy to find others touching his books but he learns that he enjoys reading with them.  Now there are 5 friends who enjoy books.  Will they continue to find more book loving friends?

After reading this book go and visit your local library.

Happy Daily Reading!
Deanna