Sunday, October 2, 2016

Juvenile Pile: Solving problems, trying new things, and staying alive

This week I have a mix of read aloud books and independent reads.

Barnacle Is Bored is a cute, easy read. It has vibrant illustrations and a simplistic story. The small amount of text is all speech bubbles. I should have made Christopher read this book on his own, but I picked it out as a read aloud on a night that he was really tired.

Barnacle is bored. He spends his days attached to the underside of a dock. He watches the tide come in and out, and he wishes he could swim around like the fish. Until a hungry eel comes along. The ending is funny.

3 stars

As you know from my review of The Cookie Fiasco, I really loved this book. I was hopeful that Christopher would too. And he did! I read this one to him. I loved reading all the dramatic phrases out loud. I don't think Christopher was as enamored with the math as I was, but he did laugh at some of the antics.

I know this will be a book that we revisit over and over again. Christopher had already read it with Jim once before I got to read it to him. That's always a good sign.

5 stars

We Are Growing is another book that I reviewed before reading it with Christopher. We read the Elephant and Piggie introduction together - him in a gruff elephant voice, me in a high pitched piggy voice. Then he read the rest of the book on his own.

Again, he'd read it with Jim already. He loved reading the different characters in various voices. And he loved the -est adjectives. This book makes such a perfect independent read for early readers. The story distracted Christopher from the task of reading.

4 stars


Lucy Tries Soccer is a book that I saw at BEA. I finally reserved it from the library, and Christopher and I both enjoyed it. Again, I read this one to him on Saturday night after his own soccer game.

It explains some of the rules of soccer, and it stresses fun vs. competition. It's a cute story about trying something new and having a good time. The illustrations include a diverse cast of characters, and the book hints are the multi-cultural nature of the sport. There are even some more robust soccer facts on the end page.

4 stars

Iggy Peck Architect is the second in a series with Rosie Revere, Engineer, which we read at a friend's house a couple years ago. This book focuses on a young boy who loves building things. His second grade teacher doesn't allow architecture. It has a bit of weird backstory about the teacher being stuck in an elevator on the 95th floor of a building as a child. When the class goes on a picnic to an island, and the bridge washes out, Iggy comes to the rescue with a crazy, but effective, suspension bridge. This book is good exposure to architecture, which I enjoyed. Christopher liked it too.

4 stars

Yes Day! is cute. It's as simple as that. A young boy's family has one day per year where they say yes to everything: pizza for breakfast, hair gel, buying whatever he wants at the grocery store, etc. The yes is implied because on every other page you see that the boy gets what he asks for.

This concept is great. It was fun read. It had me wishes I could handle being that accommodating, even just for one day.

3 stars

Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover is a book we read a couple of years ago. At the time, I had to read it aloud to Christopher. Now he read it to Jim and me. I recently heard that Cece Bell had published a second book in the series, so I knew we needed to re-read the original.

I had searched for a sequel when we originally found this book at the library. It's such a fun story, and it's a great easy reader. It's broken into 4 chapters with plenty of picture. Rabbit and Robot, two best friends, have a sleepover. They make pizza, play games, and watch TV. It's simple but cute.

4 stars


Have your kids read anything good this week?


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