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 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. Continue reading
It’s been a while since I checked in on Reading with Shortcake. But not for lack of reading to her. If anything, we’ve read a lot of books together — most of them many times. It’s to the point that she can recite some of them to us and even knows when to turn the pages (which I’ve got to get on video soon, I keep reminding myself).
Here’s some of what we’ve been reading:
Another Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
After picking up a copy of the original Monster at the End of This Book for Shortcake, I was both excited and wary of this sequel.
We checked a copy out of our library and I’ve got to admit this one isn’t quite up to par with the original. The concept is the same — Grover is worried about a monster at the end of the book but instead of trying to keep the reader from turning pages, this time he’s trying to keep Elmo from proceeding to the final page with the promised monster.
This book confirms what many of have suspected for years — Elmo is a jerk. He knows Grover is worried about this monster but keeps tearing down every defense Grover throws up to get to the promised monster at the end of the book. All while claiming to be Grover’s friend.
We love the original. This one just isn’t quite as good. Continue reading