Young Reader in the Making

Young Reader in the Making

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Book 533: Beachy and Me

Beachy and Me, by Bob Staake, Random House, 2016.

My seven-year-old son LOVES Bob Staake's work, so whenever Mr. Staake has a new book out, I will, of course, buy it.

I also let my son review this book, so here it goes:

"I liked Beachy and Me because it was a good story.  It was a story about being friends, even though you might be different like the little girl and the whale.  The illustrations are beautiful because Bob Staake is an illustrator who makes beautiful illustrations."





Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Book 532: The Story of Diva and Flea

The Story of Diva and Flea, written by Mo Willems, illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi, Disney-Hyperion, 2015.

I bought this book for my seven-year-old son, and took it with us on vacation, and every night I read a chapter or so to him.  The next morning, he would re-read the same passages himself.  He LOVED this book, so I'm letting him write the review:

"I liked this book because Flea is a beautiful black and white cat like our Buster.  And Diva is a white dog that looks like Piper, but is white like Ellie.  She was more like Piper than Ellie, though.  My favorite part was when Flea and Diva became friends.  And I really liked the cloud-cutter because Paris is my favorite city.  And I liked the friendly feet at the end of the book.  The drawings were SO good."

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Book 531: The Trojan Horse, How the Greeks Won the War

The Trojan Horse:  How the Greeks Won the War, Emily Little, Random House, 1988.


This book simply, but thoroughly, tells the story of the Greek and Trojan War.  Since I didn't learn about the Greek and Trojan War until I was twelve and was studying Latin, this book is MUCH easier for kids to read than what I read.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Book 530: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Steig, Simon & Schuster, 1969.

This book is so very nearly perfect.  A little traumatizing for kids who can empathize, but, still, very nearly perfect.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Book 529: Tut's Mummy, Lost... and Found

Tut's Mummy, Lost... and Found, by Judy Donnelly, Random House, 1988.

We used this book in my son's first grade History class -- obviously when we were studying Ancient Egyptians.  This book, however, brings ancient history into modern history, which makes it very interesting for (sometimes morbid) seven-year-old boys.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Book 528: Come Look With Me, World of Play

Come Look With Me, World of Play, by Gladys Blizzard, Charlesbridge, 1993.

This book is great for getting young children to look, really look, at famous works of art.  The text is straightforward and comprehensible, and the art pieces were well chosen.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Book 527: Bedtime for Frances

Bedtime for Frances, written by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Garth Williams, HarperCollins, 1960.

This is one of the books my son would have had to read for his first grade class if we had started schooling at home at the beginning of the year instead of after the first quarter.  I'm rather glad he didn't read this book for a class.

Honestly, the book didn't bother me too much until the father threatened Frances, but then I had to look at the parents' past behavior to see the problem.  The parents indulged her over and over and over again, and, when they had enough, the father threatens her.  Not exactly great parenting.

So, even though we own this book right now, I will have no problem returning it to the online school.

(Great illustrations, though.)