This week was the beginning of our reading challenges and oh boy, was this week a challenge. For this post, I wanted to split it into two sections, one for the elementary books I read and one for the middle school books I read.
Olivia by Ian Falconer
For me, it was necessary to start with a classic. Olivia is a cute little story that is a joy to read and look at. The story is pretty general to any picture book and there is not a lot of detail to go into because it is such a popular book. I would give it a 7/10 because the story is not very exciting to me.
Bedhead by Margie Palatini
I loved this book! It is hilarious and has so many different things that the reader is able to do with the characters. The story is about a little kid that wakes up with crazy, wild bedhead. At this point, everyone of his family members tries to help him get it under control before he goes to school. I would give this book a 9/10 because it is so funny and the illustrations in it follow right along with the comical theme.
My Closet Threw a Party by Robyn Parnell
This book was pretty good. It is a story about a little girl who’s closet had a party (or her room is just a mess) and tells about each piece of clothing’s experience at the party. The thing I like most about this book is that it is written in a poem format. The rhyme pattern is great and introduces kids to poetry at an early age. For this, I would have to give it an 8/10.
Where’s My Mummy by Carolyn Crimi
Of course since it is October we have to include a Halloween book! Where’s My Mummy is about a little mummy who wants to play hide and seek with his mom/mummy and ends up getting loss. While looking for his mom, he runs into multiple people who are going though their nightly routine. In the end, the little mummy finds mama mummy and they go through their nightly routine and head to bed. This book was adorable to read and the story was perfect for October. 8/10.
Who Broke the Teapot by Bill Salvin
This story is about a mother who is very, VERY upset that her teapot is broken. She goes through everyone and asks WHO BROKE THE TEAPOT?! In the end, we find out who broke the teapot and let’s just say, mother’s are not always right….but they are most of the time. 8/10.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Oh my goodness, this book blew me away. This was a book that had so much hype in it for good reason. The book is about August who had a physical difference and is going to school for the first time. I will just say this, kids are not always nice and this books shows that perfectly. Something interesting is we do not just get August’s point of view but everyone who has connection to him. This story made me cry, smile, and laugh, sometimes at the same time! I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to anyone, especially future teachers. 10/10.
Double Fudge by Judy Blume
On a little lighter note, I also read Double Fudge. Double Fudge is about a boy named Fudge, great name I know. Something I did not know was that it was the 5th book in a series, oops. This book is told through the point of view of Peter, his older brother. In this book, Fudge is obsessed with money and goes though different things and soon learns that money is not the key to happiness. This book was okay, if I was younger I think I would have enjoyed it more. 6/10
Thanks for reading!
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