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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Mom & Son Book Club #5 (and some bloggy business)

First, a bit of bloggy business ...

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And now, Mom & Son Book Club #5 ...

I've been trying to fit in more reading time with kiddo without much success. We seem to go in bursts - no reading, no reading, no reading, read 3 books, no reading, read 2 books, and so on. On this particular night we were able to read three books ... an excellent accomplishment!

Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson - Hubby picked this book at the recommendation of the librarian. Kiddo wasn't thrilled because he doesn't like the cartoon based on the book - he says it's boring and it's for babies.

Did you like this book? It was nice. Did you like it better than the cartoon? Yes, much better. Kiddo's learning early that the book is ALWAYS better than the movie! LOL

What was your favorite part? When he fell off the mountain, but it was scary too. I think kiddo liked this part because it surprised him. He didn't see it coming (and he predicted several other parts of the book) and his little eyebrows shot up in surprise when I read what happened.

What was your least favorite part? When he drew the dragon because it was too scary.

Did you like the pictures? Yes, but they need more color. I would like the book a lot more if it had more color.

Would you recommend this book to your friends at school? Maybe, but only if they like the cartoon. No matter how I tried to explain it, kiddo just didn't understand that if HE liked the book but not the show, then his buddies might feel the same. You can imagine how THAT conversation went, so I just moved on to the next book. :)

Dog & Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger - this was on the library's summer reading list. Kiddo thought it was cool that we learned "all three" of the author's names.

Did you like this book? It was really nice! I thought so too - an adorable set of stories.

What was your favorite part? I had a favorite story, not a favorite part ... is that ok? Yes, of course. My favorite story is "Play with me! Play with me!" Hmm, I wonder if that's because it sounds so familiar? The dog wants the bear to play, and the bear wants to read a book!

What was your least favorite part? I didn't have a least favorite part. I liked all of it.

Did you like the pictures? Yes, I like them a lot.

Would you recommend this book to your friends at school?
Yes, but only to the nice kids. And those who like dogs and stuffed bears. Why only the nice kids? Because they're my friends. And this story is about friends? Yes!

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?, by Jane Yolen - another from the library's summer reading list. When we started reading kiddo said it was one they had in his Kindergarten class, but then he said that is wasn't the same book but another one by the same author; he recognized the different dinosaurs from the times they read it in school.

Did you like this book? Yes.

What was your favorite part? The first picture (a dinosaur is yawning and dragging blanket down the hall) and the one where the dinosaur is hugging his mom.

What was your least favorite part? I didn't have a least favorite part.

Did you like the pictures? Yes.

Would you recommend this book to your friends at school? Yes, most of them would like it. Did your class like the other book by this author? Yeah, they really liked it!

As I'm writing this, kiddo is in bed talking to himself. Instead of letting him get to sleep I keep hollering down the hall, "Hey kiddo! What did you say about the pictures in the second book again?" "I liked 'em Mom!" "Ok, thanks! I think that's all I need ...." Yeah, can we say Blogging Addict?! Thankfully kiddo thinks it's really cool. :)


Chris said...

What a cool blog. So much here...I'll definitely be back. Good luck with your project and I look forward to reading future reviews.

I'm doing something kind of similar--I'm 31 and reading as many Louis L'Amour books as I can. You can click on my name link above, or visit

Great site. Keep up the good work!

Florinda said...

This was a lot of fun to read!

You know I'm hosting the Bookworms Carnival for August, right? The theme is children's/YA literature, and I'd love to include some of your Mom & Son Book Club posts, if you'd like to submit them! There's a link to the carnival info in my blog sidebar.

Alessandra said...

You read very cool books with your kid!

Alessandra said...

Heather, I nominated you for the Brillante Weblog Award on my blog! See here:

Michelle said...

What a fun idea! MAM's taken a shine to giant anthologies lately (huge volume of Disney classics, that sort of thing)--it's a great idea to ask questions after reading!

ORION said...

OMG!!! I just noticed your birthday - it's the same as my son's and he's in his 30's lol!!
Such a fun blog to read!

momofonefornow said...

Bean and I read stories for your dog the other night. Bean loved it, the dog really didn't. :0(

We finally got our library cards and we have been twice in a week. Bean thinks it is a magical place. Smart kid.

Anonymous said...

Heather - I enjoyed this post. Is it your son giving the answers to the questions, or you?

We love How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? Also ... Eat Their Food and ... Get Well Soon. They are completely adorable - those kinds of books that I enjoy reading to my kids as much as they enjoy listening!

Trish @ Love, Laughter, Insanity said...

I love that you do this with your son! What a fantastic idea. My mom reads with my brother (12 yo), but he's at that weird stage where it is more of a chore.

Anonymous said...

This is the second recommendation I have heard for "Harold and Purple Crayon" in 2 days. The first time I hard it was on the podcast "Kids Wife Work Life." They do a kid's book recommendation at the beginning of each show. One of the hosts is an elementary teacher and so far she has recommended some wonderful books. You might check that out if you haven't already.

JW Moxie said...

My kids love How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. My two year old often requests that one for her bedtime story.

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