ML’s Second Book Club

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We had our first meeting in September and our second today.  Didn’t plan for it to  happen that way.  But life got in the way.  So I gave the girls three books to read.

First, we played twenty questions.  Each girl read about a non-fiction animal or not – ML didn’t.  Her mama forgot to pick one up from the library.  The girls asked questions to try to guess each friend’s animal.  Some were really hard.  Do you know what an okapi is?

Then, we discussed The Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith for about three minutes.  Several girls’ favorite story was “The Princess and the Bowling Ball.”  I bought stinky cheese for the meeting.  Not one girl wanted to taste it.  I enjoyed it with a fresh baguette and wine afterwards.

Next up… cake, pretzels and strawberries.  Thankfully, it was a beautiful day so all eating, crumbs and spilled drinks happened on the driveway.

Finally, the main event.  The girls read Poppy the Pirate Dog by Liz Kessler.  Poppy goes on vacation with his humans.  They try out a few boats.  Poppy doesn’t like any of them.  Finally, they find the perfect boat for a Pirate Dog.

ML and I filled three large boxes with stuff – ribbons, recyclable containers, bottle tops, googly eyes, sequins, markers and lots of other things.  The girls were divided in groups. Each group used the contents in their box to design and decorate their boat.  I enlisted a middle schooler, Lillian, to help.  All future book clubs will be arranged around her schedule.

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Stuff

The girls were still working on their projects when parents started arriving.  Below are pictures of “The Mayflower” and “Girls Rule” and “Pirate Girls.”

THE MAYFLOWER
I love the fact they included a toilet.  Can you find it?  Hint: It’s green.
This group wins the teamwork award.
Every time I walked by Bridget, Lily, Piper and Clara were sharing ideas and encouraging each other.

Mayflower

GIRLS RULE
Is the boat named Girls Rule or Miriam?
I wish I took pictures of each side.  This group worked more as individuals.
Each girl decorated one side.
The other sides probably said Siena, Anna Giles and Avery.

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PIRATE GIRLS
Do you see the sail boat behind the  big boat?.
Annabeth and Roslyn did a large percentage of the boat design.
ML and Sara Jane dressed as “Pirate Girls.”
Sequins tapped to the ears, eye patches created from satin ribbon…

Pirate Girls

HAPPY READING

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Books for Boys – Series Fiction for Elementary School Boys

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David Adler sent me an advanced copy of his new series, Danny’s Doodles.  His first book, The Jelly Bean Experiment follows the antics of two extremely different personalities, Danny and Calvin.  According to Danny, “My new friend is 100% weird.”   Danny is an average baseball playing fourth grader.  When Danny and Calvin team up for an experiment it  is anything but average.  The result the beginning of a friendship… a dynamic duo for a new series  of  books for boys.

Unfortunately, the next book in the series, The Donut Dilemma won’t be published until the fall of 2014.   Check out the books below for other ideas.

JoSchmo

Adventures of Jo Schmo by Greg Trine and art by Frank W. Dormer – Wait a minute… the main character is a girl.  Yes, but one book is called Wyatt Burp Rides Again… and she’s a superhero.

AlvinHo

Alvin Ho by Lenore Look and illustrated by LeUyen Pham – With titles like Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things, Allergic to Babies, Burglars and Bumps in the Night, and Allergic to Camping, Hiking and Other Natural Disasters…   readers are destined to find a title highlighting their greatest anxiety.  If you want your home filled with laughter, buy Alvin Ho.

CalvinCoconut

Calvin Coconut by Graham Salisbury and illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers – Most boys I know live in North Carolina or Georgia.  A book about Calvin who lives close to the beach in Hawaii is exotic.  Kung Fooey,

EllrayJakes

EllRay Jakes  by Sally Warner and illustrated by Jamie Harper – Straight from the publisher Penguin’s website.  “From trouble with bullies to the need to impress friends, EllRay Jakes finds himself in situations that young boys can relate to.”

georgebrown

George Brown, Class Clown by Nancy Krulik and illustrated by Aaron Blecha – What boy doesn’t find burping, toilets, wedgies, and boogers funny?  These subjects and more are covered in this series of 11 books.

HankZipzer

Hank Zipzer by Henry Winkler (best known as the Fonz) and Lin Oliver and illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson.  It’s hard not to be a winner with the Fonz as the author and titles like Barfing in the Backseat.   The Hank Zipzer website states, “Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, this winning series about the world’s greatest underachiever is funny, touching, and deals with learning differences in a gentle and humorous manner.”

Stink

Stink by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds – Stink is the brother to Judy Moody, a popular series first published in 2000.  According to Megan McDonald, his own series was conceived when she walked into a classroom yelling, “Stink! Stink! Stink!”

TimeWarp

The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith – I’m getting lazy, but I’m honest… giving credit where it is due.  This is straight from Wikipedia.  “The Time Warp Trio is a book series written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith and later by Adam McCauley, which chronicles the adventures of three boys – Joe, Sam, and Fred – who travel through time and space with the aid of the mysterious Book.”

Disclaimer:  I’ve only read the first chapter of most of these.  But various friends promise me their boys love them.

Not Your Typical Three Little Pigs

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My introduction to fairy tales told from a different viewpoint was in the early nineties. In my opinion, The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs By A. Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith is one of the best books from the 20th century.

The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague follows the traditional tale somewhat. However, there is perfectly legitimate reason the Wolf is running around town huffing and puffing houses down. He’s hungry. The donut shop is closed. . . the hot dog stand is locked. . . and the pizza parlor will not let him in.

Some fairy tales follow the same plot but have different characters. In The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara & Mark Fearing the robot meeped, “Then I’ll crack and smack and whack your house down!”

In The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist and Julia Gorton, it’s all about the fish and their finny fin fin. The shark doesn’t huff and puff. He munches and crunches.

What’s your favorite fairy tale with a twist?