Reading With Shortcake: Chapter Books, Captain Kirk, & Dinosaurs

Shortcake continues to share her parents’ love of reading. But now we’ve moved from Daddy and Mommy reading to her to her reading to us. Here are some thoughts on a few favorites we’ve enjoyed together.

Junie B. Jones and the  Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, #1)Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

With a good ratio of illustrations to text, we decided it was time for Shortcake to graduate up to the Junie B. Jones series of books. And because Daddy is who he is, we started with the very first installment in the series.

Over the course of ten evenings, we enjoyed the adventure of Junie B.’s first day in kindergarten. Of course, things don’t go according to plan between having to ride the stupid smelly bus of the title to the bathrooms being locked after school and Junie B. calling the fire department to school.

Of course, Daddy couldn’t help but recall Ramona Quimby’s first day in kindergarten (we’ve got those and will be trying them soon). Shortcake loved the story and looked forward to a new chapter and finding out more about what would happen to Junie B. next each evening.

I Am Captain Kirk (Star Trek)I Am Captain Kirk by Frank Berrios

After reading the loving the Golden Book adaptation of “The Trouble With Tribbles,” Daddy was eager to try out another Star Trek themed Golden Book.

And so, we ordered the one centering on Captain James T. Kirk.

I have to admit that part of me wondered which classic episode might get adapted for a story about Kirk.

Instead of adapting another episode, “I Am Captain Kirk” serves as an introduction to the crew of the NCC-1701. Well, all except Chekov who is featured in illustrations but gets no mention on the printed page. Each character gets a page or two, except Scotty who gets two. Given that Spock gets his own book, it’s not necessarily an oversight there. But, then again, you can’t help but feel a bit for Chekov for not getting included here (and he’s not mentioned by name in “Tribbles” either as I recall. Did Walter Koenig annoy the Golden Book people or something?)

With colorful illustrations in the spirit of the original series, this was another fun entry in this series and one that we’ve re-read A LOT since it arrived. Shortcake seems particularly impressed that I could name all the various aliens featured in the book.

Dinosaurs Galore! A Roaring Pop-upDinosaurs Galore! A Roaring Pop-up by Paul Stickland
Twelve pages each featuring pop-up dinosaurs. Really, what’s not to love?

Superbly illustrated with a big of humor, this one is a bedtime favorite.

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