Is Everyone Ready for FUN? Then RUN to the library to check out this book! I can't even explain how AMAZING it is. But then again, if you love Jan Tho...moreIs Everyone Ready for FUN? Then RUN to the library to check out this book! I can't even explain how AMAZING it is. But then again, if you love Jan Thomas the way that I do...then you won't be surprised!
Three cows decide that they are ready for fun. They head for Chicken's small sofa and start jumping. Chicken does not think this is fun. Chicken does not like how squashed the sofa looks. Chicken tells those cows that they need to not jump anymore. So they decide to do something else on the sofa. Dance. Dancing is fun. Soon chicken is losing feathers over all the things that the three cows are doing on his sofa. Such a fun read. Kiddos will want to read it again and again.
Hurry, you won't have any more fun unless you check out this book. Totally worth it!(less)
Okay, seriously. I LOVE THIS BOOK! I didn’t know much about it going into reading it. I just knew that it had a good review. Well, now I know why! Ser...moreOkay, seriously. I LOVE THIS BOOK! I didn’t know much about it going into reading it. I just knew that it had a good review. Well, now I know why! Seriously, I think that one of the happiest things in the world of juvenile fiction is that this is going to be a series of brilliant books. And that will make me very happy! Especially because this is a level that doesn’t have very many things that I love. It is harder than the easiest readers. But it isn’t as hard as a Nancy Drew book. It is probably on par with the Magic Treehouse sort of books. And it is the smaller size (for younger readers to hold) and has the larger text (for those just learning to read) and loads of white space and illustrations. Plus, the story is actually good. And not just good, it made me laugh out loud. Which is important! So what is it about you ask? Well, let me tell you.
Nick and Maxine move into a new apartment. One day Maxine has her brother come to her bedroom and stand on the dresser to look out the window. (And yes, Nick asks how Maxine knew that he needed to do that. Which is such a great question to bring up in this type of book. If kids are going to do weird, crazy things at least they might acknowledge that they are doing them…even if Maxine never really told Nick how she discovered that a kid needed to stand on top of a dresser to actually see something important.) Anyway, while Nick is on top of Maxine’s dresser he discoveres that behind all of the apartment buildings on the block is a tiny little house. But there is no way from the street to get to the house. And this leads to Nick and Maxine going on a quest to ask the janitor (who was in the boiler room) about the house and how to get there.
Mike the janitor tells them that the nice old lady Mrs. Noodlekugel lives there and that they just have to get to the house by going through the boiler room, but to not tell their parents that he told them. Of course later the parents randomly decide to tell Nick and Maxine that they should never go bother the nice Mrs. Noodlekugel or to go to her house or even step on her porch. And, you know exactly what adventure Nick and Maxine head off to do.
There they find a wonderful place with a nice old lady who is every bit as nice as Mike or their parents told them she was. And there is also a talking cat. And some mice who help with cooking.
Seriously, I will say it again. This was a great beginning chapter book! I also loved what the parents had to say at the end of the story. I really shouldn’t say too much more about this book. Because, well…it is one that should be read and enjoyed. So stop reading this review and head out to find this book. Then read it. Then read it to your favorite kiddo…or watch them read it. Because it is funny. That’s why.(less)
One day a fox and a goose see each other across the street. [Yup, the goose and the fox are in a street...and they have clothes and other things that...moreOne day a fox and a goose see each other across the street. [Yup, the goose and the fox are in a street...and they have clothes and other things that personify them. And the fox is dressed in a dapper suit that makes he seem like the sort that gets his way, a lot. And the goose only has a kerchief tied on her head and a basket. Totally giving off the "peasant" look.] So they see each other and the pages cut to black with some words…reminiscent of an old silent film’s black screen with the text printed in white. [It totally makes me think that the organ music will start any second.] The fox proceeds to invite the goose to go on a stroll, then to his house, then to have dinner. The goose agrees to each of these suggestions. After each suggestion a progressively larger number of chicks tell everyone [us as well as the fox/goose duo] that “That is NOT a good idea!” But the two are headless of what the chicks say and the melodrama continues. [I only wish the fox could have twirled a mustache like any of the famous villains in melodramas...like Babe's in Toyland's Barnaby. The fox totally needed a mustache, and some train tracks. And the "dun, dun, dun, dun, DUN" music in the background.]
And then there is the ending. It made me laugh. It made my nieces and nephews laugh. In fact, their first reaction was to immediately read the book again because they HAD to read it again once they knew the ending. Because some things are that good…and this one is. Seriously, you all need to read this book. Sooner rather than later. You will be glad you did!(less)
Greg Heffley has a lot going on…and for most of it he is “stuck” in his house. They are finishing up the few weeks of school between Thanksgiving and...moreGreg Heffley has a lot going on…and for most of it he is “stuck” in his house. They are finishing up the few weeks of school between Thanksgiving and the winter break, but with all the snow and keeping his virtual pet happy he is inside his house a lot.
This is a typical Diary of a Wimpy Kid book. But it is on audio. I wasn’t sure if I would like an audio book since there is so much portrayed through the illustrations. But this audio made me laugh out loud. More than once. When I didn’t want to because Greg Heffley is the type of kid that does stuff that I find annoying. It was still annoying. The reader just made me laugh about it. And that is the whole point of a good audio book reader. I can see why kids like this book. And now I know why they like the audio (even though it doesn’t have any of the pictures). It doesn’t matter. The audio was just as funny. And that is what matters.(less)
This book I have been thinking about all weekend. It made me laugh out loud (some of my co-workers walked in on my laughing in the break room) and it...moreThis book I have been thinking about all weekend. It made me laugh out loud (some of my co-workers walked in on my laughing in the break room) and it made me cry (the guys at the auto shop were worried that I thought they were taking too long to fix the car). I am making someone else read the book so that I can talk about the ending with someone. It just sticks with you. Nice job, Shannon Hale!(less)