Sunday, January 8, 2017

Juvenile Pile: Dinosaurs, Time Travel, Animals, and Pirates

We've finally emerged from the Cybils book stack, and we're reading other books together in our house. Here are some of our more recent reads.

Dinosaur Numbers by Paul Strickland

There was a display of dinosaur books at the library last month, so needless to say, we ended up coming home with several dinosaur books. This book is a simple counting book with a dinosaur theme and decent rhyming. Christopher read it to me in only 1 minute, so it was a little too easy for him, but it's cute.

3 stars

The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur by Richard Byrne

This book is really fun. Jackson the dinosaur is counting out jelly beans to split between himself and his friend when a bigger dinosaur comes along threatening to take them all. Jackson isn't scared because his friend is the biggest dinosaur around. The bigger dinosaur doesn't believe him, and the reader can't see the friend right away. The text is written in varying font sizes for emphasis, so this made a great independent read for my 6 year-old. The ending was a surprise for him. I guessed it early on.

4 Stars

Frankie vs. the Knight's Nasties (Frankie's Magic Soccer Ball #5) by Frank Lampard

Christopher picked this book out from his school's Scholastic Book Fair. It's 3rd grade reading level, so it's a little above him, but he did a great job reading it. The story reminded me a little of The Magic Tree House. Frankie and his friends travel back in time thanks to a magic soccer ball. In this book they visit the Middle Ages and have a run in with some knights over a castle ownership dispute. The vocabulary is very diverse, which was a pleasant surprise, and the story is really fun.

4 Stars

Animals Around the House by Elisabeth de Lambilly

Christopher borrowed this book from the school library. I was happy he finally picked something out that he could actually read on his own. It's a cute non-fiction book featuring many of the animals that people keep as pets. The photos were really cute, and there were only 3 sentences or so about each animal. It was a good read. It took him about 6 minutes, so it was a little too easy, but it was a nice change after some of the chapter books which have taken him weeks.

3 Stars

Pirate Attack! by Deborah Lock

This book was another school library loan. It's labeled as a Level 1 book, but it's a little hard for early readers in my opinion. Christopher was expecting a huge pirate fight, given the name of the book. Instead it was more of a tutorial about pirate ships. A galley boy, Jim, shows the reader around the ship and introduces you to the crew as if you're a new recruit. The battle only lasts one page. That was disappointing. It does teach some pirate vocabulary. It was a decent read, but not great.

3 Stars
Who Would Win? Whale vs. Giant Squid by Jerry Pallotta

I love this series so much! It makes reading non-fiction so much fun. This book teaches about the sperm whale and the giant squid. After a few pages of facts on each animal, there is a fight to the death. Christopher and I always enjoy reading these books. We guess which animal will win, then marvel at the facts (brain size and length were the most interesting facts in this book), and then we hold our breath as we read about the fight. The final page is a comparison chart where we go back through the book to determine which animal wins in each category (speed, size, weapons, etc.).

4 Stars

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

As much of a Mo Willems fan as I am, I'd never read this book until I borrowed it from the library recently. Christopher read this book to me. It's pretty simple text. A little girl and her father go to the laundromat, but then they leave without her Knuffle Bunny. Try as she might, she cannot communicate to her dad what is wrong. I loved that when they get home the mother immediately knows that Knuffle Bunny is missing. They race back to the laundromat to find it. It's cute, but not as good as his other work.

3 Stars

What has your family been reading this week?

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