Friday, August 30, 2013

Dealings with Dragons

Dealing with Dragons
by Patricia C. Wrede

First of all, thank you Kristy for this book ssuggestion. What a fun story. I loved it!

This was a great tale about a princess who likes to do things that proper princesses just don't do and ends up running away to avoid an arranged marriage. She meets some dragons and becomes a willing captive because cooking for a dragon sounds way more fun then marrying someone she doesn't like.

This story is witty and entertaining. I like female heros who are smart, independent and even a little rebellious and Cimerone fit that role perfectly. I loved her attitude and spirit. I thought the varies references to other well known fairy tales were really nice additions to the story, too. I loved reading about her adventures with witches, wizards, knights, princesses, princes and of course the dragons.

This was a great fantasy and I can't wait to read the next one in the series!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fun Library finds

We found a couple really great books at the library this week and surprisingly my oldest picked them out all on his own!

The Bear's Vacation
by Stan and Jan Berenstain

I forgot how much I love this books until my son brought this one home from the library. What a fun read! My kids thought it was hysterical and I agree it is a funny story. My son likes to flip through the book and look at all the comical pictures. I loved how it was humorous but also taught some really good rules for vacationing at the beach. Hopefully my kids learned a little something, in between all the laughter! Oh, and it made me miss California a little...
I think we will have to check out some more Berenstain Bear's stories soon.

A Birthday for Bear
By Bonny Becker

This was another one that my kids though was really funny. This is a cute story about a bear who hates birthdays, especially his own and the mouse who tries to throw him a party. My boys thought it was funny how the mouse kept coming in different disguises with things for bears party. This is an early reader chapter book so it has a few very short chapters and was fun to read. The Pictures are great too.

Friday, August 23, 2013

That Summer

That Summer
Sarah Dessen

I enjoyed reading one of Sarah Dessen's other books Along for the Ride so I picked up a few more of her books to read. This was the first one I decided to read, mainly because it was the shortest. There is just something really appealing to short, fun reads when I have two little kids at home. I know I wont usually get long stretches at a time to read, so these shorter books are perfect.

And this was just what I needed. Fun, quick and entertaining. Although it was about a fifteen year old girl and teenage age problems I still really enjoyed this book. Thankfully (at least in the last two books of  hers I've read) Sarah Dessen does a great job of writing about teenage angst with out making her characters annoying.

I liked this book because it addressed real issues that teenagers face and did it well. From divorce, to a sister leaving home, to realizing that people aren't always who they appear to be. I thought this was a great story about a girl who grows and learns more about herself over one summer.

I look forward to what her next story may hold. I really think she is a great writer.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Siege

The Siege, The Guardians of Ga'Hoole book 4
by Kathryn Lasky

I liked that in this book you learn more about the Pure ones( the group of evil Barn Owls) and also get to revisited St. Aggies (where they escaped form in the first book). It is always nice to revisit characters from the past. Once again I thought the story was interesting but still not as good as the first book. There seems to be a lot of books in this series and I honestly don't know if I will get through them all. There are a few things I would like to learn the truth about though, so I'm sure I will continue reading them, at least for now.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Library Finds

Here are some fun animal stories:

Bark, George
By Jules-Feiffer

They read this story during Library Story time and the boys thought it was hilarious. A mother dog tries to get her puppy to bark but he keeps making other  animal noises instead.

McElligot's Pool
By Dr Seuss

I know I've said other Dr. Seuss books are my favorite in the past, but really this is my favorite one. I just love all the pictures of the different types of fish. I remember flipping through this book as a young girl. It has fun rhymes and is a really cute story.

Back to Front and Upside Down!
By Claire Alexander

This was a great book for my five year old who is about to start Kindergarten. I think I am more stressed about his first day of school then he is. This book tells the story of a young dog who struggles with his writing. I thought it had a good message about asking for help, practicing and not giving up. My son doesn't like writing very much and often gives up quickly when he feels like he cant do it right. I am hoping this book will encourage him not to give up and keep on trying.

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Alloy of Law

The Alloy of Law
By Brandon Sanderson

Those of you who read this blog and a regular basis, already know how much I like Brandon Sanderson's writing. He is a great story teller.

This is a Mistborn Novel that takes place 300 years after the events of the the final book in the Mistborn trilogy. The setting had a very Victorian and Old Western feel which I thought was a unique and interesting setting for a fantasy book.

There are Train robberies, new inventions, like electricity and cars, and the magic of Allomency (special abilities that come from using different types of metals) from the first 3 books. It was definitely interesting to see how things had changed since the ending of the last book.

I once again really liked the characters. I am constantly amazed by his ability to create such fascinating, humorous and likable characters. The main character is a Lawman from the Roughs (feels like Old West) who finds himself back in the big city, in charge of his families estates. He attempts to give up law keeping and accept his new role but events in the city draw him back into the game. I liked him immediately and his friend Wayne, who brought just the right amount of humor to the story.

I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the next one. There is going to be a next one, right?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Books My Boys Love

The boys got some new books from the library for completing their reading program. There wasn't many to choose from but we ended up with a couple that the boys love to read.

Duck at the Door
by Jackie Urbanovic

This is a fun story about a duck who doesn't fly south for the winter and finds a home to stay with instead. His new animal friends get tired of him but when his family returns and and he leaves they find that they really missed him. Really cute story and the pictures are great too.

The Bookstore Burglar
by Barbara Maitland

I was surprised how much my son loved this book. He thinks it is hilarious and asks to read it everyday.
It is about a bookstore that a burglar tries to rob but is stopped by the cat and a ghost, or is it really a ghost? My son likes to point out the "ghost" through out the book.