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Books on Vacation

This is winter vacation week in our town, and you know what that means, right? An expedition to the library to stock up on reading material for the eight year old. (And later in the week, a skiing day trip and ice skating.) In Sunday's book bag were

Runny Babbit, by Shel Silverstein. Silliness from a favorite author of Junior's.

Ghosthunters and the Muddy Monster of Doom, a chapter book by Cornelia Funke. I've read aloud others in the series, and conveniently leave them lying around, in the hopes that Junior read ahead a bit. (The strategy does work on occasion.)

A Platypus, Probably, by Sneed Collard. Nonfiction picture book.

Fireworks!: Chemical Reactions, by Isabel Thomas. Roller Coaster!: Motion and Acceleration from the same series also looks good. These kinds of books come from an educational publisher, so you rarely see them in the bookstore.

The McElderry Book of Aesop's Fables, retold by Michael Morpurgo. A possibility for independent reading.


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Hope that you and Junior enjoy vacation week!

Thanks, Jen. We've seen a movie and been to the city in addition to the library. Lots of people have the right idea and are currently someplace warm!

I've already told you what a fan I am of the Ghosthunters books, right?

Have fun skiing! Go, Junior, go!

I think I love Emma Chichester Clark's illustration better than the retellings of Aesop. And I read somewhere that MM turned the stories into a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last summer (or the year before?), which sounds absolutely delightful.

Kelly, yes, you did mention Dragonhunters a while back; the series is growing on me. #3 has been the best so far; seems like Funke (or her translator) made a leap (for the better) between #2 and #3.

Becky, the spacing on the page looks just right for an independent reader. We'll see... That's wild about Aesop at the Fringe Fest. Who knew? (And wouldn't it be fun actually to attend that festival!)

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