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Archive for the month “March, 2013”

Sneaky Peeky Spying

Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peeky Spying by Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peeky Spying by Barbara Park

Overview:
Junie B. is the bestest spier in the whole world.
That’s ’cause she has sneaky feet. And her nose doesn’t whistle when she
breathes. But guess what? Junie B. might be real sneaky and real
peeky, but when she spies on her teacher, she could get into real
trouble!

Six-year-old Junie B.’s penchant for spying on people and her curiosity about the private life of her teacher get her in trouble at kindergarten.
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This book was a ‘good lesson’ book as it opened the door for me to talk to Addyson about what is appropriate and what is not. Super cute and if you can get over the fact that Junie B. talks in a lot of slang it’s a great story.

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Big Fat Mouth

Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth

Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth


Overview:
When Mrs. announces Job Day at School, Junie B. gets carried away (as usual!), coming up with the “bestest”—and strangest—job description in Room Nine. “Another hilarious, easy book about Junie B. Jones.”—Booklist.

When her kindergarten class has Job Day, Junie B. goes through much confusion and excitement before deciding on the “bestest” job of all.
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WOW! Again we read this in ONE night!! I’m loving these books (and so is Addyson).

A Little Monkey Business

Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business

Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business


Overview:
Through a misunderstanding, Junie B. thinks that her new baby brother is really a baby monkey, and her report of this news creates excitement and trouble in her kindergarten class.
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We read this book in ONE NIGHT! Addyson loved it and it’s a lot of fun to read too :).

Stupid Smelly Bus

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus


Overview:
Meet the World’s Funniest Kindergartner—Junie B. Jones!

Remember when it was scary to go to school? With over 50 million books in print, Barbara Park’s New York Times bestselling chapter book series, Junie B. Jones, is a classroom favorite and has been keeping kids laughing—and reading—for over 20 years! In the 1st Junie B. Jones book, it’s Junie B.’s first day and she doesn’t know anything. She’s so scared of the school bus and the meanies on it that when it’s time to go home, she doesn’t.
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So…we’re done with the Magic Tree House books for now (we’re awaiting the next book to be published) so we’ve moved on to a new series and Junie B. Jones is IT! Addyson loved it!!

Blackbird House

Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman

Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman


Overview:
With “incantatory prose” that “sweeps over the reader like a dream,” (Philadelphia Inquirer), Hoffman follows her celebrated bestseller The Probable Future, with an evocative work that traces the lives of the various occupants of an old Massachusetts house over a span of two hundred years.

In a rare and gorgeous departure, beloved novelist Alice Hoffman weaves a web of tales, all set in Blackbird House. This small farm on the outer reaches of Cape Cod is a place that is as bewitching and alive as the characters we meet: Violet, a brilliant girl who is in love with books and with a man destined to betray her; Lysander Wynn, attacked by a halibut as big as a horse, certain that his life is ruined until a boarder wearing red boots arrives to change everything; Maya Cooper, who does not understand the true meaning of the love between her mother and father until it is nearly too late. From the time of the British occupation of Massachusetts to our own modern world, family after family’s lives are inexorably changed, not only by the people they love but by the lives they lead inside Blackbird House.
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Picked this one up by chance and it wasn’t bad.

Abe Lincoln at Last

Abe Lincoln at Last by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House book #47)

Abe Lincoln at Last by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House book #47)

Overview: Jack and Annie are! They are trying to get a special feather that will help save Merlin’s baby penguin, Penny. When the magic tree house whisks them back to Washington, D.C., in 1861, Jack can’t wait to meet Abraham Lincoln himself! But the new president is too busy to see them, as he is desperately trying to save a nation in crisis.

When Jack and Annie ask for some magical help, they go back even further in time to a mysterious woods. Are these the same woods where Abraham Lincoln takes his daily horse ride? If so, can an orphan named Sam help them find Abe? Or will Jack and Annie have to help Sam instead?
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We actually listened to this book on our recent road trip to Memphis for Spring Break. Both kids enjoyed listening to Mary Pope Osborne read her books.

Dogs in the Dark

Dogs in the Dark by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House #46)

Dogs in the Dark by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House #46)


Overview:
The fan-favorite chapter-book series whisks Jack and Annie back in time to the Swiss Alps in search of a rare flower. When they find a monastery where monks and St. Bernards live, Annie offers to train a young dog named Barry. Then Barry runs away, and Jack and Annie have a new task to find Barry! Will he lead them to the mysterious flower? Or into danger?
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We actually listened to this book on our recent road trip to Memphis for Spring Break. Both kids enjoyed listening to Mary Pope Osborne read her books.

Where’d you Go Bernadette

Where'd You Go Bernadette

Where’d You Go Bernadette


Overview:

Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle—and people in general—has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence—creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

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This was recommended by my sister, Laura and it was very good!!

A Crazy Day with Cobras

A Crazy Day with Cobras by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House #45)

A Crazy Day with Cobras by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House #45)


Overview: The fan-favorite chapter-book series sends Jack and Annie back to India over 400 years ago to search for a rare and precious emerald. Once there, they discover an amazing and exotic world filled with great danger. Will they find what they’re looking for? Will they avoid the wrath of the all-powerful Great Mogul, survive a crazy ride on a wild elephant, escape an attack by king cobras—and make it back to the magic tree house alive?
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We actually listened to this book on our recent road trip to Memphis for Spring Break. Both kids enjoyed listening to Mary Pope Osborne read her books.

A Ghost Tale for Christmas

A Ghost Tale for Christmas by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House Book # 44)

A Ghost Tale for Christmas by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House Book # 44)

Overview: A spirited holiday mission!

The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie back in time to the foggy streets of Victorian London, where they must help Charles Dickens. But the famous author has everything he could possibly want. How are they supposed to help him? It’s not until Mr. Dickens rescues them from being thrown in jail that they discover his secret past and the sad memories that haunt him. Jack and Annie will need all their magic—and help from three ghosts!—to save the great writer.

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We actually listened to this book on our recent road trip to Memphis for Spring Break. Both kids enjoyed listening to Mary Pope Osborne read her books. We also got to talk about the history of books that Charles Dickens wrote.

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