May 27, 2014

Review #40-- Fortunately the Milk

  I am currently gobbling up the Stories for Younger Readers section of the NYPL's List of 100 Titles to Read and Share.

These books are great for 6 – 8 year olds as read alouds :) 
Of course, some books are appealing to all ages, like this one:

 . . . drumroll please . . .  

#40 Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman
4 Cheers!

This is good stuff.
A story full of reckless abandon & outlandish turns, that takes the most ordinary of objects (a carton of milk) and creates a riotous adventure. Often, the typeface is a part of the action, with words wheeling about on the page and sudden fonts giving the text a new texture. There is even a subtle dig on the Twilight series, for those who care (page 68). Even reluctant readers in 3rd, 4th or 5th would likely go for this book because of the funny illustrations on nearly every page. It looks inviting, and that’s a start (they may need some help when they get to words like transtemporal metasciene . . . there is some time travel involved).
Read this book. I loved it.

May 6, 2014

Review #39-- Call Me Oklahoma!

The next section of the NYPL's List of 100 Titles to Read and Share is:
Stories for Younger Readers
6 – 8 years old

 These are small-ish chapter books very applicable to 2nd and 3rd grade. 
Some are even geared toward 4th graders, like this one!

#39 Call Me Oklahoma! by Miriam Glassman

2 Cheers
Paige Turner is going into the 4th grade with a new outlook, 
hoping she can transform herself by changing her name to . . . Oklahoma!

It was an OK read (punny . . . hehehe). I think it would appeal mostly to 4th grade girls. For me, the story wasn’t riveting enough for me to choose it as a read aloud but I can think of some of my girls who would enjoy it.

Coming next week . . . Book Review #40
featuring Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman.
Bring some cookies along for this great read, it is a treat!