Monday, December 4, 2017

Frankenstein's Fright Before Christmas by: Ludworst Bemonster

Frankenstein's Fright Before Christmas is a new Christmas story for you and your children written and illustrated by Ludworst Bemonster and it's one you don't want to miss.

Did you enjoy the book Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans as a child?  Because just like there are 12 little girls in Madeline there are 12 little monsters in this book.   This book begins where Frankenstein:  A Monstrous Parody (a parody of Madeline) ends.  Frankenstein is sure that he can help all of his friends get the best gifts ever, the gifts they need the most.  But after they receive their gifts they realize that Frankenstein did not receive a gift.  Can Santa help the monsters?

I loved Madeline as a child and I enjoyed this book just as much.  I hope you will check both books out and enjoy them both this holiday season.

Happy Daily Reading Deanna

Monday, September 25, 2017

FUNNY GIRL Funniest. Stories. Ever. Edited by Betsy Bird

Funny Girl is the perfect girl book...I don't like stating that there are "girl" or "boy" books but this one is written by a variety of female authors, illustrators and editors who share their Jr. High/High School experiences that all women can relate too.  Of course anyone can read and enjoy this book!

Each chapter is written by a different contributor and each one is unique and entertaining.  I did find myself giggling at times and I'm sure you will too.  This would be a great book to share with mom and daughter and the lesson here is that a sense of humor is the superpower we all need to have.

Funny things happen all the time as we grow, especially during Jr. High.  It is important to realize that the situation is funny and it isn't the end of the world.  Take time to just laugh at yourself and these authors as you read this book.

Happy Daily Reading

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.

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

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

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

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