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Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator (Charlie Bucket, #2)
3.66
did not like it
This is the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. My heavens, this was not good. This is the only Dahl book I have read to date that did not in ...more
Mar 10, 2013
Mar 10, 2013
 
The Chocolate Touch
3.87
liked it
I read this yearly with my students and have done so throughout my career. It's a book that works well at the beginning of the year or with groups who ...more
Dec 22, 2011
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Jul 05, 2010
 
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You
4.13
it was ok
I attended a DEC meeting at Toastmasters recently. A friend of mine discussed this book during the meeting. I liked what she said. At this point all I ...more
Aug 05, 2012
Aug 04, 2012
 
I Am the Cheese
3.74
it was ok
The other day on the way home from work I tuned into All Things Considered on NPR. I listened to this segment. I was mesmerized by the description of ...more
Jun 02, 2012
Jun 02, 2012
 
Superfudge (Fudge, #3)
3.98
did not like it
Teachers learn from books like this one. One should never read a book cold with children. I have made that mistake a few times in my career.

We had rea
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Jan 2007
Feb 04, 2012
 
The Cartoon Guide to Statistics
3.84
really liked it
When a man lives alone, he invents ways to keep busy. One summer I decided I was going to become an AP statistics professor. Yes, I know. Anyhow, I sp ...more
Jan 1998
Feb 06, 2011
 
Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump
4.26
liked it
Donald Trump won the presidential election. This book explains why better than any other source I have encountered. And as I ponder Ingraham's thesis, ...more
Oct 14, 2017
Oct 14, 2017
 
The Daily Five
4.32
it was ok
I was excited when I saw there was going to be an online public read of this book at the CAFE Book over at We Read, We Blog, We Teach. I like activiti ...more
Aug 08, 2014
Jul 01, 2012
 
How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything
3.63
liked it
Using the "Wave" (as in the crowd at a ballgame standing up section by section) as a metaphor for leadership tested me from the beginning. As wonderfu ...more
Jul 30, 2013
Jul 29, 2013
 
Cookie's Week
4.07
really liked it
This is a favorite children's book of mine. As a cat lover, this is right up my alley. I have fond memories of reading this with my daughter.

But this
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Apr 19, 2011
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Apr 19, 2011
 
Meanwhile...
3.84
really liked it
What a fabulous little story!

I picked this off the bookshelf in my classroom. This was part of the CLI onslaught of books delivered to me; I thought I
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Jan 28, 2012
Jan 28, 2012
 
New Sweden On The Delaware: 1638 1655
4.00
it was amazing
About 1996 I purchased this book at the New Sweden Farmstead in Bridgeton, NJ. Since I teach about this history, I thought it would be valuable to rea ...more
Aug 24, 2013
Jan 30, 2011
 
End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun)
3.98
it was ok
"With Ham and Benson’s help, readers can cut through the noise and find their voices again, fighting back against the rampant self-censorship and hair ...more
Jun 13, 2015
Jun 13, 2015
 
The Boy of the Three-Year Nap
3.87
really liked it
This had been in my classroom, but somehow has made it's way to Beetle's bookshelf. It is a book I ordered from Troll years ago.

What a fantastic tale!
...more
Dec 23, 2011
Dec 23, 2011
 
The Pine Barrens
4.15
it was amazing
Fabulous!

The Pine Barrens take up about one-quarter of the most dense state in the nation. It is my playground. Rich in life, history, and folklore, t
...more
Jul 16, 2013
Jul 03, 2010
 
Star Wars: Jedi Academy (Jedi Academy, #1)
4.22
liked it
Several weeks ago I noted that my son was reading this book. He had checked it out from the public library. I could tell he enjoyed it. An idea hatche ...more
Mar 20, 2016
Mar 20, 2016
 
No Game For a Dame (Maggie Sullivan Mystery #1)
3.82
liked it
This book was offered for free by Amazon so I downloaded it. I had read a couple of reviews beforehand that made it sound like I might enjoy it. The a ...more
Mar 10, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
 
Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back
4.14
really liked it
I am a Silverstein fan and enjoy this book. Yet, I am not certain I get it . . . if there is anything to get.

It seems to me like Uncle Shel is trying
...more
Apr 06, 2012
Apr 06, 2012
 
MAD Magazine (2018-) #1
4.00
really liked it
It's been a long time since I read Mad. I did read it as a teenager regularly. I may have seen an issue or two since. Then three decades+. The other d ...more
Apr 18, 2018
not set
Apr 18, 2018
 
Moonraker
3.72
liked it
I have been reading the Bond books in order. This is #3. This is the first book that Bond felt closer to the movie-version Bond. Fleming seemed to mak ...more
Feb 16, 2013
Feb 16, 2013
 
The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
3.74
it was amazing
Mark Twain can certainly spin a story. Despite his remarks at the end that told how Pudd'nhead Wilson changed radically from a short amusing tale of t ...more
Jul 29, 2015
Jul 29, 2015
 
In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash
3.92
really liked it
This collection of short stories is what the movie "A Christmas Story" is based upon. I've wanted to read this for a few years now. The thing is the p ...more
Jan 08, 2017
Jan 07, 2017
 
The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man
3.73
really liked it
What a cute book!

My five-year old son loves superheroes. Awesome Man is right up his alley. He had read it with his aunt prior to bringing it to me to
...more
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 06, 2017
Dec 11, 2015
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Nov 12, 2013
Nov 12, 2013
Aug 06, 2013
Apr 08, 2013
May 20, 2012
May 20, 2012
 
The Best Halloween Ever
3.68
it was ok
Last evening I was reading a teacher site I sometimes frequent. There someone asked about this book. Someone else provided a very detailed project pac ...more
Oct 26, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
 
The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)
4.02
liked it
The formula is set, but this was a much better offering that Austere Academy was. This time the orphans find shelter on Dark Avenue in the penthouse 6 ...more
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 21, 2013
 
On Speaking Well
3.88
liked it
With a week off from work for the holidays, I have undertaken a reading binge. Remembering there was a list of books I had highlighted on my Amazon Wi ...more
Dec 30, 2015
Dec 29, 2015
 
If You've Got It, Haunt It (A Haunted Vintage Mystery #1)
3.69
did not like it
For most of this read I wore the red plaid Christmas pajama bottoms my wife purchased for me several years ago. For a top, I adorned the classicly hip ...more
Dec 26, 2015
Dec 19, 2015
 
Wonder
4.45
really liked it
For the past two or three years, colleagues of mine have recommended I read this. I asked what it was about, scrunched my nose, and told them it didn' ...more
Dec 12, 2015
Dec 12, 2015
 
The Best School Year Ever (The Herdmans #2)
3.88
it was ok
I am a fan of another book in this series (The Best Christmas Pageant Ever). I purchased a copy of that book for each of my students for Christmas thi ...more
Dec 23, 2012
Nov 30, 2012
 
Sarah, Plain and Tall (Sarah, Plain and Tall, #1)
3.73
really liked it
We read this a couple times with fourth graders. Then we were told that this book was reserved for the fifth grades. Now that I teach fifth grade, I f ...more
Jan 1995
Jul 05, 2010
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