It was not a stellar reading week. We still read many books, but Smarty was not thrilled with Halloween theme in my library selections. Pretty much everything was “too scary” to her, and she kept reading Care Bears Storybook Treasury to herself after bedtime – probably to take her mind off Halloween topics. She promptly returned all Halloween books to my library bag and instructed me not to bring any more Halloween reads. Still, let me try and find some of her favorites for the week.
Hugless Douglas by David Melling came to us as for review from Tiger Tales. Smarty loved the ending of the story, but I won’t reveal it here. She didn’t find the book as funny as I thought it was, but perhaps she was just not in the right mood that day. Illustrations (also by David Melling) are very well done. We had a long discussion about what an "unrequited hug” means. Yes, that was a vocabulary word from this book.
Rabbit’s Pajama Party is a Stuart J Murhphy’s book from MathStart series. It presents a simple time sequencing “first, next, last”. I only looked through this book – Smarty added it to her “read in bed” pile immediately and refuses to return it to the library, so it must be appealing to her. I assume that the appealing part is not so much a riveting story or challenging math, but funny and comforting illustrations by Frank Remkiewicz.
Little Green by Keith Baker was recommended by April Showers. This book just begs to be made into StArt project, but unfortunately Smarty was not interested in that. We had this book for almost 3 weeks now, and she still returns to it. The book is appealing to younger audience because of colors and easy rhymes. Smarty mostly likes it because of the subject – a hummingbird. We have a few in our garden, and she loves watching them.
One Halloween story that Smarty did not reject was Space Case by Edward and James Marshall. I bought this book at the library book sale earlier this year. I think the story would probably work better for an older reader who could understand the humor in the situation. Halloween is only one part of the story which revolves around a “space case” – some sort of creature from an outer space. Boys and their fathers are almost guaranteed to enjoy reading it together.
My “special mention” goes to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden book by Jane Ray. Interestingly, while writing this post I found out that she wrote The Dollhouse Fairy – the book Smarty absolutely adored. Well, she did not adore this Bible Story – in fact, she demanded for me to stop reading the book in the middle, because she remembered how the story ended and didn’t want to hear that ending yet again. The illustrations, however, are extraordinary, and I really enjoyed studying them on my own. Perhaps children with more conventional religious upbringing will find the story less frightening than Smarty did. By the way, this book softens the ending quite a bit.