Note: Thanks for Jen and Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts for inspiring many of us to share what we have been reading. I will try to join the fun as regularly as possible.
I had a great reading week this week. With the exception of a book I haven't finished, I laughed a great deal.Early in the week I finished the Mason Dixon book. I think this book would be great for readers who like realistic fiction and are trying to transition into chapter books or longer books. Mason Dixon is basically your average 4th grade boy. In this story, Mason plays basketball for a terrible team that gets better as the season progresses.
The Flying Beaver Brothers (both books) are a new graphic novel series that I am sure will be very popular. I giggled several times while reading both of these books. I will have to admit, just the title, "The Flying Brothers and the Evil Penguin Plan" was enough to make me smile. The Beaver Brothers form a unlikely hero team that saves their island home from disaster in both books. I can't wait to see what goofy evil plot is unleashed in the next installment.
The Fouth Stall Part II is the follow up to ... The Fourth Stall. In this second book Mac and Vince help to solve several problems that are menacing their fellow classmates. Author Chris Rylander is a genius at dialogue. Realistic and humorous dialogue combined with not-so-realistc but incredibly funny problems (imagine middle school lockers facing an expanding rodent droppings problem) make for a highly enjoyable read. Another bonus for me was the baseball conversations between Mac and Vince. Even though I am not a Cubs fan, I loved their ongoing trivia war.
Showoff by Gordon Korman is the latest in the adventures of Griffin Bing and his pals. Like all of the previous books in this series, something crazy happens and Griffin has to come up with a plan. This time the plan involves Luthor, the gigantic Doberman, becoming a world champion show dog. It was a fun read and was quickly grabbed from my hands when I shared it with the class last Friday.
I cannot believe that it took me so long to read We Are Not Eaten By Yaks by C. Alexander London. Besides being one of the most ridiculously awesome titles ever, the author is a fellow Nerdy Book Club member. I am not happy I waited so long, but maybe it was worth the wait. Everything about this book appealed to me and I am sure it will appeal to many middle grade readers. Celia and Oliver, the twins who consistently are able to save the day were wonderfully invented characters. Who knew that hour after hour of watching TV would help you when you are thrown out of an airplane, confronted by a raving Yeti and captured by Poison Witches? I am really looking forward to the second book.
On the plan for this week is finishing the wildly thought provoking Switch and a few more: