So I have a few publishers that send us books from time to time, they just show up on my doorstep! More than half of them are awful–really. Man it seems like anyone and everyone writes children’s books. And you guys, no one told me, the chapter book issues. There are so many just BAD CHAPTER BOOKS OUT THERE! Some of you should email me your favorite authors, series, etc. I feel like I know the classics—but maybe I am missing some. Anywho I am rambling, what I was trying to say is this was our last shipment of books because we will be moving and I took myself off of everyone’s lists. The last shipment was a really good one, loved three of them quite a bit. There were some really awesome Halloween books, let me show you:
Board Book Pick: Boo to You! by Lois Ehlert
It is about these little mice who are trying very hard to prepare a harvest party and the mean old cat is going to ruin everything! So throughout the book while they are getting ready for their party you notice them starting to create something with their harvest crops. A pretend big cat to scare the mean cat away–and now they can have their party!
Picture Book Pick: Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds
Jasper loves carrots and always munches on a few at the nearby carrot patch on his way to/from school. Then he swears he starts seeing them (the carrots) everywhere–following him home from school, in his bedroom at night, etc. He kind of thinks his mind is playing tricks on him until one day he has just had it. So he builds a big enclosure around the carrot patch so they can’t get out. At the end of the book you see the carrots all excited, because their plan worked, that darn bunny won’t be eating them anymore! They really were following him and he did them a favor by building something to keep HIM out of their patch.
Chapter Book Pick: The Power of Poppy Pendle by Natasha Lowe
Abby LOVED this chapter book, she has done two book reports on it so far and plans to do one more. She talks about it when we are driving, sitting around the house, she would come out of her room late at night to tell me all about it too. Poppy is a witch who just wants to be a baker, has been since she was a newborn. But with pushy parents, having to leave for witch school at a certain age, etc. it is becoming a huge source of conflict. Poppy puts recipes at the end of the chapter book (Abby has already made a couple) and baking tips. She figures out how to push for her dream, work hard on it, and win her friends and family over. Very cute book.