We had a wonderful reading week. Our new library books were mostly random picks with a few stragglers on my “reserve” list. Then I went to the library book sale last Saturday and brought home almost 100 books. I couldn’t pass up the price of 25 cents for a paperback, and the selection was awesome. It’s a good thing that my husband just extended the bookshelf in Smarty's room – now we have space for all those new books. I didn’t give all of them to Smarty yet – many of them are for joint reading, and I don’t want to introduce more than 2 new books a day to her. Anyway, here are our winners from this week.
Am I the only person who likes to read “out-of-season” books? I enjoy Christmas books all year long, and there is some sort of extra charm in reading them when Christmas is still far away. I saw this book in the “new books” section, and the illustrations were too cute to resist. The story didn’t disappoint either – it’s full of twists, very funny, and has a satisfying ending. Smarty enjoyed it a lot too and left it in her seven “winners” to keep for the next week – the highest award she can give to the book.
I saw this book at Superheroes and Princesses and had to have it. We both enjoyed it a lot, and I liked Ladybug character a lot more than Fancy Nancy. I also liked how the girl in the story reacts to her older brother’s slights even though I don’t think it’s very realistic. Smarty liked the story quite a bit, and voted it in for another week as well. And while I am at it, let me tell you about a wonderful site We Give Books. If you don’t have Ladybug Girl in your library, you can read it online and then choose to donate a book to one of the campaigns of your choice (you don’t have to donate to be able to read a book).
This was one of my library book sale finds that Smarty really liked. In the story two children visit underwater research station and get familiar with different ocean inhabitants. It has the right balance of fact and fiction for Smarty, and just a little bit of suspense – not enough to get her alarmed. Of course, “the glow in the dark” part is kind of neat too – we didn’t have books like this in our collection before.
This is another book from the library book sale. I was interested in Magic Tree House series for a while now, and now I am convinced that we will be collecting them through second hand purchases for our home collection. Yes, I know, it’s not the jewel of English literature, but the mixture of adventure and facts is hard to resist. Besides, one of the main characters is named Annie, and she is, in Smarty's words, pretty brave. After I read to her the first two chapters, she coaxed papa into reading her the rest in one sitting. I will wait to see how she “digested” it – after all, it’s one of the longest books that we attempted so far.