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The Adventures of Captain Underpants

 

Amazon Summary:

The first book in Dav Pilkey’s mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series. Now with super-cool foil covers! Shiny! Fun!

George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school–and now they’re going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn’t know who he is!
Acclaimed author and Caldecott Honor illustrator Dav Pilkey provides young readers with the adventure of a lifetime in this outrageously funny, action-packed, easy-to-read chapter book. With hilarious pictures on every page, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS is great for both beginning and chapter-book readers. And like Dav’s other best-selling books of humor, it is sure to provide even the most reluctant readers with hours of fun.

AJ’s Review:

I love Captain Underpants. George and Harold are very funny and they play tricks on people. I’m going to read Attack of the Talking Toilets next. Captain Underpants runs around in his underwear. He is naked…(AJ laughs out loud). I like the cartoons George and Harold draw in the book. 

Mommy’s Review:

AJ bought this at a school fair and so glad he did. What a great book to get kids interested in reading in chapter books and capturing bathroom humor. Yes, bathroom humor…but, if it gets a kid reading then it’s worth it. The first book is an introduction to George, Harold, and Captain Underpants.

AJ was able to remember what we read the night before and summarize it for me, before we read the next few chapters. It’s easy to follow along and make predictions. 

AJ has read thirty-three books so far. For 30 books he got a superhero pic taken. In my opinion this is the BEST prize the library ever had. They had a green screen app and green cloth hanging up.

What’s even better is that they are hosting a comic-con this coming Saturday!!!!!

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Bunny Loves to Read

We were going to review another first grade book, but we would have not given it good reviews. AJ immediately felt it was a kindergarten book with just first grade on the cover. I didn’t think it was fair to give a bad review, so we are going to skip it. If you really want to know the book, in order to avoid buying it then email me.

 

Amazon Summary:

Bunny loves to read, but his friends want him to play outside with them…until it rains, and they all discover what fun reading and pretending can be.

AJ’s Review:

I like to read like Bunny, but his friends only wnat to play outside. They don’t like books or reading. He shows them cool books and they read and want to read more.  

Mommy’s Review:

A wonderful book with amazing illustrations. All of Bunny’s friends hate reading, but Bunny shows them the loves, mysteries, suspense, and magic of reading. Soon they want to read books too. An amazing book that proves the power of reading. 

AJ has read twenty-eight books so far. Some books are on his reading level and other books are pictures books that I read to him. Some say that those don’t count, but if you know AJ from all his book posts you know he keeps reading the books. You read a book to him once, he recalls just about every word on each page then will reread it to himself over and over. Besides, reading is MORE than just decoding, it’s comprehending what’s on the page.

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Reading 10 books – prize is poster

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Reading 20 books – prize is coupon for ice cream20 books

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First Grade, Here I Come!

    

Amazon Summary:

After the first day of first grade, Henry’s not sure how he feels about it. The teacher isn’t like his kindergarten teacher, and the fifth-graders hog the monkey bars. But as Henry tells his mother about a new friend who likes soccer and about how he’ll learn to read books, he begins to realize that maybe first grade won’t be so bad after all.

AJ’s Review:

He tells his mommy about his first day of first grade. He likes some things and doesn’t like others. I love my kindergarten teacher and don’t want to have another teacher, but Mommy says I will love my new teacher too. I want to learn really cool things in school too. 

Mommy’s Review:

Cute set up, with the little boy explaining to his mom how the first day went. He compares and contrasts kindergarten to first grade. I introduced AJ to a venn diagram and he did really well with comparing and contrasting the two grade levels.

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The Night Before First Grade

    

Amazon Summary:

It’’s the night before the Big Day—-first grade! Penny is excited to start the year with her best friend right beside her in the same classroom. This humorous take on Clement C. Moore’s classic tale has a perfect twist ending that will surprise readers —as well as the “heroine” of the story— and help all about-to-be first-graders through their own back-to-school jitters.

AJ’s Review:

She’s going to first grade and wants to be with her friend, but they are in different classes. They are sad, but meet new friends, then they are all friends. The new friends are twins, I know twins, but they are a boy and girl. Twins means you are born at the same time.

Mommy says I have to stay I’m going into first grade like the girl. I’m a first grader.

Mommy’s Review:

The book’s writing and premise is based on “The Night Before Christmas” which is cute. Apparently there are a bunch of books The Night Before for each stage in a kid’s life. Too bad adults can’t have books like that…The Night Before I get paid, ….A New Job, …..My Wedding, …..I Gave Birth, …..Everyone Got The Stomach Bug.

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Only One You

    

Before we get to the book review, AJ is excited for the summer reading program. For AJ reading every night, even during the day is not an issue. He loves to read and create his own books. As of today, he has read 10 books, so we have to get to the library to get his prize.

This year the prizes are…

  • 10 books: Summer Reading poster
  • 20 books: Ice cream gift certificate to Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe
  • 30 books: Get your superhero photo taken.
  • 40 books: Cool sunglasses courtesy of the Friends of the %%%%%%% Library.
  • 50 books: Toy Chest gift certificate (toy store in town)

Amazon Summary:

There’s only one you in this great big world. Make it a better place. Adri’s mama and papa share some of the wisdom they have gained through the years with their eager son. Their words, simple and powerful, are meant to comfort and guide him as he goes about exploring the world. This exquisitely illustrated book explodes with color and honest insights. Kranz’s uniquely painted rockfish, set against vibrant blue seas, make an unforgettable and truly special impression. Only One You will inspire parents and children of all ages as they swim through the sea of life.

AJ’s Review:

He is the only kid like me. His parents tell him lots of things because they think they have wisdom. Mommy says wisdom is knowing a lot of things. The mommy and daddy want the boy fish to have fun, make friends, and see lots of art. Art is everywhere, it is, I’m serious. 

Mommy’s Review:

It’s nice to read a book that features an only child, even though it does not focus on being an only…just portrays a family with one child. There are books about new babies, different types of families, and stages in kids’ lives. So if I come across a book about an only child I grab it up and want to celebrate our family. 

This book is inspiring and sweet. It doles out wisdom that all parents want to instill in their children. It does not focus on making lots of money or being powerful. Instead the parents want their child to see the beauty in life, be happy and, make a difference in the world.

This was one of the books we bought using a gift card from his Grandma and Grandpa. we bought a few first grade books, and a bridge activity book to get him ready for first grade. . 

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Loose Tooth


    

Amazon Summary:

A young boy wakes up one morning to find that he has his very first loose tooth. But no matter how much he pushes, pulls, and wiggles it, it just won’t come out!

Lola Schaefer’s energetic text and Sylvie Wickstrom’s exuberant illustrations perfectly capture the excitement and anxiety of a child losing his first tooth in an appealing book about a childhood milestone

o Beginning readers will recognize and respond to the familiar situation of a child with his very first loose tooth.

o Energetic and engaging, Lola M. Schaefer’s very simple story is perfect for the youngest beginning readers.

o Expressive and lively illustrations will delight young children.

AJ’s Review:

I had a loose tooth, but then it fell out. I swallowed it while I was eating lunch at school. Now the tooth fairy is getting a “poop tooth”. Don’t worry, Mommy says she has magic to clean it off and I still get money. The’s boys tooth came out all by itself, just like mine.  

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Don’t mind the face paint and stamps…it was a kindergarten celebration to get ready for first grade.

Mommy’s Review:

An easy to read book with word and sentence repetitions to reinforce decoding of text. The boy has a loose tooth and wants it out, but it won’t come out. His family tries to help, but then it comes out all on its own. Perfect for beginner readers and kids who are just loosing their baby teeth.

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The Runaway Bunny


    

Another classic that AJ now wants to read all the time.

Amazon Summary:

A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in an imaginative and imaginary game of verbal hide-and-seek; children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.

The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures.

AJ’s Review:

The bunny wants to runaway and his mommy keeps finding him. She loves him. My mommy loves me. She will always find me. She keeps me safe. 

Mommy’s Review:

Another classic book that teaches kids that their parents will always be there for them. Always find them, always protect them. What a comforting book! Besides that the artwork is amazing…it captures a child’s imagination of what it would look like each time the Mommy Bunny went to find her son. 

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day


    

AJ has had this book for some time, I forget when and where he go it. It’s a great book to read every so often.

Amazon Summary:

The perennially popular tale of Alexander’s worst day is a storybook that belongs on every child’s bookshelf.

Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair.
And it got worse…
His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV!

AJ’s Review:

Alexander is having a bad day. His brothers are mean to him. His mommy and daddy yelled at him. He wants to go away where people are nice to him. Sometimes I have bad days and I don’t like them. But Mommy and Daddy still love me. I still love them. 

Mommy’s Review:

A classic book that will always teach kids it’s okay to have a bad day. It’s okay for things to not go the way you want. The next day things might get better.

The one major thing lacking in this book is the mom or dad hugging Alex. There’s no acknowledgement of Alexander having a bad day, but still being loved and cared for. There’s no understanding from his parents that it’s okay to make mistakes and get in trouble, it’s okay be be angry. There’s no reassurance that tomorrow will be a better day. 

AJ actually asked why his mommy didn’t hug him and tell him she loves him to the moon and back. I thought it was a valid question. What do you think about that? 

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The Bully from the Black Lagoon


    

We bought through the Scholastic Reading Club at our school. Click HERE to check it out. Does your school have one? What books have you bought your kid(s)?

Amazon Summary:

Hubie has heard there’s a new kid in school. His name is Butch Pounder, and he is rumored to be a mean bully! Did Butch really beat up the football team and eat the teacher’s pet at his last school?

Hubie thinks he’ll end up in the nurse’s office, when he finally runs into Butch. But, of course, Hubie’s imagination has run away from him again! All Butch wants is a new friend to show him around school, and Hubie is just who he needed!

AJ’s Review:

He thinks the new kid is going to beat him up, eat him, and throw him away. He is scared of the bully. Bullies are not nice, but he’s not a bully. He’s a good guy and wants to be friends. I’m nice to everyone and like to make friends. 

Mommy’s Review:

Very cute book about a boy who misunderstands what he hears about the new kid or hears rumors. Hubie works himself into a frenzy thinking of horrific and devastating things the bully can do to him. In the end, the new kid is nothing like what he heard he would be…he’s jut a new kid looking to make friends. 

Teaches a great lesson…never judge someone before you meet them. 

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Yes, I’m changing a few things here. My guy is growing up and therefore this blog must grow too. While I’ll still keep the name and content, the way posts are presented will change. I will be referring to my little man as AJ, as this is close to his real name while still keeping his anonymity). Now on to the book review.

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Dog in Boots

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We bought this book about a year ago, or perhaps even two years ago. We read this every so often, it’s still one of our very favorites.

Amazon Summary:

Inspired by his favorite story about a cat with fantastic boots, Dog heads out to the local shoe store and emerges with some splendid footwear. Wants and needs are contrasted through the process of trial and error in this cheerful picture book.

AJ’s Review:

Dog is so silly, he wants to be like the cat in the story. He wants boots, but doesn’t like them. Then gets high heels and flippers, but doesn’t like them. He already has paws but doesn’t know they are awesome.

Mommy’s Review:

Even though this book is adorable and silly, it has the wondrous message that you MUST always be happy and love who you are and what you have. Dog thinks he needs all these different types of footwear to be a great dog and do great things. In reality, his own paws can do it all…if only he had seen the versatility and wonder of his own paws in the first place.

Dog tries various shoes and silly things happen. AJ can just about repeat the book word for word. The illustrations are wonderful and appealing. 

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