Tuesday, December 29, 2009
A quick read, The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry is entertaining and chock full of "old-fashion." Lowry alludes to well known stories of the past such as Mary Poppins, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden and Pollyanna as she tells the tale of an odd couple, their 4 "old-fashioned" children, an old man and a baby. The pages are full of "old-fashioned" words: fortuitous, ignominious, glutinous, bilious, and my favorite, lugubrious. Aside from the vocabulary, which I was able to navigate with the help of Lowry's glossary of terms, the story was simple, familiar and predictable. The term parody fits the tone of this book perfectly. From the failed "Little Ruthie" candy bar, to the awful German the young boy uses ("Ach. I forgotzenplunkt. Sorrybrauten."), this story may not be as amusing to a fifth grader as it was to me. A useful biography of the "old-fashioned" stories is helpful for younger and less versed readers as they attempt to understand the references used by the characters in the book.
While I would recommend The Willoughbys, it may prove disappointing and seem very different for fans of Lois Lowry's more serious titles. Overall, this was a great read for a blustery, winter recess!
Monday, November 23, 2009
~The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
~ Football Champ by Tim Green
~ Diary of a Wimpy Kid Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
~ 39 Clues book 1 by Rick Riordan
Alright, so my list is a little unrealistic (even for me). Three days off from school with report cards due Monday isn't much time. But, let me tell you, I cannot wait to enjoy a little time combing through the pages of the pile of books gathering dust next to my nightstand.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
More than any other book I have picked up this summer I was instantly intrigued and motivated to keep reading on. The author literally had me up at night wanting to read and discover what happens to Kaci and her elderly neighbor Mrs. Banducci as they stumble upon the robbery of their new house in a "safer neighborhood," Lofty Cedars. If you are looking for a good mystery, Willo Davis Roberts is the author for you!!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree by Lauren Tarshis
A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban (I LOVED this one!!!!)
King of Murder by Betsy Byars (really suspenseful!)
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz (I see why this became a movie, I finished it in a day!)
As for Twilight... I figure I'll pick up New Moon next time I'm at the library. It was good... but not THAT good.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Looking for ideas? Check out my summer reading list (so far)
Tim Green's latest- Football Champ (sequel to Football Genius)
The Percy Jackson series (attempting this for the second time!)
George's Secret Key to the Universe
Chasing Spirit Bear
Any of Steve Jenkins non-fiction titles
Betsy Byars new mysteries ( the titles are escaping me right now)
What am I thinking? Well.... let me explain.
1. I hate scary books and scary movies. Why am I reading this?
2. I don't particularly enjoy romance.
3. Edward scares me. A lot.
4. Is Bella INSANE? (ummm yes)
5. My fifth graders loved this. I need to know why!!
SO, let the adventure begin. I'll be back in a few weeks to let you know if I feel the need to run out and buy an "I LOVE EDWARD" shirt or maybe just head to the library to pick up a copy of "New Moon." Stay tuned!