Young Reader in the Making

Young Reader in the Making

Monday, July 6, 2015

Book 462: Merry Christmas, Splat

Merry Christmas, Splat, by Rob Scotton, HarperCollins, 2009.


My six-year-old son finished the library reading program last week so he was allowed to pick out a book.  Since it was the beginning of July, naturally he picked out a Christmas book.  I couldn't really blame him, though, because Splat is so darn adorable.

I kind of really liked that Splat didn't have earn his Christmas present -- although he did try -- his family gave him a present because they loved him.  I probably wouldn't have received too many Christmas presents either if they truly were given on the basis of merit.



Friday, July 3, 2015

Boo 461: And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street

And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street, by Dr. Seuss, Random House, 1964.


Just in time for the Fourth of July parades, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street.

As the mother of a highly imaginative six-year-old boy, I get this book.  It makes perfect sense to me.  Our house often sails away to exotic locations, so why should a parade suddenly appear on Mulberry Street.



Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book 460: Officer Buckle and Gloria

Officer Buckle and Gloria, by Peggy Rathmann, Scholastic, 1996.


We own a version of this book that is narrated by John Lithgow -- that probably makes all the difference in the world.  I could read this book, and it would be amusing; John Lithgow reads it and it is downright hilarious.  Still, even when I read it, there are some good features to the book.  The book is a great way to teach about safety.  And a great way to teach that, even though things may not go exactly as we've planned, that doesn't mean they didn't work out right.



Sunday, June 28, 2015

Book 459: The Lorax

The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, Random House, 1971.

As an adult, this is my favorite Dr. Seuss book.   The illustrations are supremely good.  The rhyming scheme is excellent.  But that story... oh, that story... it stays with you and haunts you for years.  And that is a very good thing.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Book 458: The Magic School Bus Gets Ants In Its Pants

The Magic School Bus Gets Ants In Its Pants, adapted by Linda Ward Beech, illustrated by John Speirs, Scholatic, 1996.



The Magic School Bus series does a great job of making information on a subject accessible to young readers -- keeping it funny, and light, and educational -- without talking down to them or preaching to them.  It's a talent.  My six-year-old son WANTS to read this book about ants, and I don't mind re-reading it to him.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Book 457: Little Red Riding Hood, My First Fairy Tales

Little Red Riding Hood, My First Fairy Tales, by Mara Alperin, illustrated by Loretta Schauer, Little Tiger Press, 2014.

I really like this series of retellings of classic fairy tales.  They contain a whole lot of humor, and, although they stay true to the spirit of the originals, no one dies.  Little Red and the wolf in this book are especially adorable.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Book 456: Walt Disney's Peter Pan

Walt Disney's Peter Pan, adapted by Eugene Bradley Coco, illustrated by Ron Dian, Little Golden Book, 1995.


In our house we love Little Golden Books, and London, and pirates.  We love fairy tales and any other stories that spark the imagination.  While this book does not tell the story of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan perfectly or completely, it does make a very good introduction to the immortal character of boy who didn't grow up.