We are in New Jersey this week visiting my parents. On the first evening we made a trip to the library and loaded up for a week, some books selected by Smarty and some selected by me. While both me and my mom work, Smarty spends a few hours every day sitting in her room and devouring books. Here are her favorites for the week:
Smarty continues to enjoy How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell. In fact, she even paid her own money (something that she is very reluctant to do unless it’s icecream) for Book 4 in this series, and this was the only book that she narrated to me (sort of). I could see why she loved this book even more than other books in the series – someone gets sick and there is a quest for a cure. In any case, I was happy to learn that there are a few more How to Train Your Dragon books available – perhaps I’ll find them in the library here.
I stumbled upon Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol in my parents’ library and remembered an old recommendation from a friend of mine. At that time Smarty didn’t want anything to do with any kind of crime, but this time she read and reread the book many time trying to understand the mystery. She couldn’t solve any of the mysteries herself, but I read the first story and couldn’t solve it either. Luckily, there are solutions in the end of the book. I already brought several other books from the same series for her to read next week.
Smarty started reading The Secrets of Droon a couple of weeks back, but our library only had a few non-consecutive books in its collection, and I had to order every book from our library book system and wait for it. This library had an almost complete set, and Smarty is happily going through the first 10… or 15… or 20. We are both enjoying her new love of fantasy and mystery, since this opened up a list of available chapter books quite a bit. Otherwise I cannot share anything about the books, since I didn’t read them, and she didn’t talk about them with me.
The only book that we read together this week was Tales of Gods and Pharaohs by Marcia Willis. I loved it so much that I am going to review it twice in a row. There are 9 different stories in the book, and we read a couple each night, since the level of detail on each page is amazing. The book is done in hieroglyphic style and tells a few Egyptian myths and a few pharaoh stories. It’s a great combination of humor, history and art – I highly recommend this book for any Egyptian study you might want to do (for kids 5+ due to length and some potentially scary content).