While Driving to Work

whie on teh way to workFinish the Sentence FridayThis week’s sentence is “A funny thing happened on the way to…”

While I was driving to work I saw a woman driving in her car and she was laughing so hard. Seriously she was busting a gut, laughing like a lunatic. She finally pulled the car over, trying to catch her breath. What could have been so funny?…Oh wait that was me when I was listening the audio versions of these books.

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Tough Shit – Kevin Smith

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson

While I was driving to work I saw a woman screaming and violently hitting her steering wheel. What could have made her that mad? There was no one else in the car? Maybe she’s mentally imbalanced. I made sure to stay away from that crazy driver…oh wait that was me when I was listening to the audio versions of these books

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Six years – Harlan Corben

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Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

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Family Pictures – Jane Green

While I was driving to work I saw a woman sobbing as if she heard some heartbreaking news. Did she lose a loved one? Lose her job? Get hurt? I felt so bad for her…oh wait that was me when I was listening to the audio versions of this book

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Another Piece of my Heart – Jane Green

While I was driving to work I saw a woman screaming “Yes, yes, yes, yes.” as she fist-pumped in the air. She must have heard some great news. I mean seriously, there was no one in the car and here she was cheering and whooping. What is going on with that wackadoo…oh wait that was me when I was listening to the audio versions of these books

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Caught – Harlan Corben

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Babyville – Jane Green

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Think, Pretty, Rich – Beth Harbison

So obviously I’m the crazy lady in car reacting to audio books as I commute to work. What books have you recently read that have caused the biggest reactions? Isn’t amazing the power of a book? My son enjoys books as much as I do and I hope when he’s older, we can listen to his chapter books in the car…how awesome would that be?

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Plus, you can give updates on the books you read…you should see my comments, you would swear I was talking about real people in my life…though all characters in a book ARE real to me. The book I am reading now is

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Dino Reads about Dinosaurs and Santa

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Hi everyone, Dino here. My mom originally wrote this post from her POV, but we talked and decided to change it. Instead of my story being on Saturdays, I am going to post on the same Wednesdays as the Kid Lit Blog Hop. I love books and think this is a good way to talk about them and my story. Mommy reads me books every night in bed…it’s our special thing to do. I get to pick three books, two if I choose to stay up a bit later and play. Most times I choose to read three books. Mommy asks me lots of questions about the books, which is fun to answer and show her how smart I am.

When I slept over my Pop Pop and La La’s house, Pop Pop read me three books. He posted about it on Facebook

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Kid Lit Blog HopMommy hosted a giveaway a LONG time ago for some of Sherill S. Cannon’s books. You can see that here. I loved reading Santa’s Birthday Gift during Christmas. I always wondered if Santa knew Jesus and if they were buddies and they are! I bet they talk all the time.

Mommy wanted to add: It was a great way to connect our faith with the magic of Santa. I make sure to convey the magic of Santa, so no matter how old he gets and no matter what he believes, he will always believe in the magic of Santa. I pray he keeps that magic alive for his kids as well. 

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My La La found this book at a book fair. It belonged to other kids before me and they decided they no longer wanted it. I am so glad I have it now, it’s fun to read and I remembered what is on each page. Mommy says I am super smart and have a great memory. I agree. Mommy and I have fun reading the end of this book. The last page looks like they farted, so we pretend they are talking and farting. I asked Mommy to write what they say and she did. What a good Mommy. 
Mommy wanted to add: I love seeing previous names on books, what a wonderful history and to know that this book brought joy to more than just Dino is magical. Sure some of the facts are outdated, but the love of dinosaurs is still there. My mother found a new copy of the book and what a treasure it is. .
Yes, we pretend they are farting on the last page…he’s a boy and I’m a mom of a boy…and  farts are funny.

dino book fartAnd now for some pics of me playing with dinosaurs. Want to play with me? 

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SO MUCH TO TELL

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I know it’s been a while since I go to tell my story.

Maybe I will just come here every other Saturday, since I’m very busy.

I’ve been reading, playing, learning, smashing, flying, and getting sick. See? I’m a busy Dino.

READING and WRITING :

Mommy got these books from Storia.com…The books read to me…I feel like a big boy. I also like using Write Letters and ABC Phonics. Mommy said if I am a good boy I can get my own iPad for Christmas.

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SCHOOL:

School is hard work, I am learning how to read and write my letters, learning about the weather, months of the year, days of the week, and so many things. I can feel my brain growing…but I get so tired after school and just want to sit and watch TV when I get home.

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I’ve got more superheros now…I have Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Spider Man, Wolverine, and Batman. Mommy let me watch the end of the movie The Avengers…where all the superheroes come together and beat up the aliens. I love when the Hulk gets to SMASH! I want to smash things too….

toysGETTING SICK:

The other day I was really sick. I stayed on the couch all afternoon and night. Mommy gave me my juice and dinner on a table next to the couch. Being sick STINKS, but I like how much Mommy takes care of me, holds me, and kisses me.

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MANNER-MAN TO THE RESCUE – GIVEAWAY

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I am so happy to have met Sherrill S. Cannon through this giveaway. Sherrill is an amazing and talented author. Not only does she write books that focus on manners, but she also has a special fundraising 50% of the cost of her books goes to the CureJM Foundation to help find a cure for this incurable children’s disease. 

Dino is lucky to be receiving some books from Sherrill…and I can’t wait to link them up with the next Kid Lit Blog Hop with Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews 

I know I am interested in her book Santa’s Birthday Gift where she ties Santa into the traditional Christmas Story. I know I have always struggled to get Dino to understand…I have a feeling this book will help better than I could.

So now onto Sherrill and the giveaway

Author Sherrill S. Cannon

All five of Sherrill S. Cannon’s books are in rhyme and all try to teach something like good manners and caring for others.  In less than four years, this former teacher and grandmother of ten has won seventeen U. S. National Awards for her books, Manner-Man, Gimme-Jimmy,The Magic Word, Peter and the Whimper-Whineys, and Santa’s Birthday Gift.  She has also written six published and internationally produced plays for elementary school children, which are available at lazybeescripts.co.uk. All of her books are part of a CureJM Fundraiser through http://sbpra.com/curejm/ 

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to purchase the books and ensure that 50% of the price goes to the CureJM Foundation to help find a cure for this incurable children’s disease.

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A SUPERHERO with manners! Wonder if I can get Dino to dress up as
Manner-Man for Halloween

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Manner-Man is a Superhero who helps children learn how to cope with bullying, and to have good manners and consideration for others.  Using the phrase, “I am strong, and my flash is bright; and I will defend you and make things all right…” Manner-Man arrives, helping children learn about sharing and warning about not ‘hitting with words’, suggesting that if someone starts bullying, just shout out “not nice!”  Manner-Man incorporates messages and characters found within some of my earlier books, and invites children to become part of the Manner-Man team.  It reminds them that they each have their own inner superhero within themselves.

Manner-Man has won a Pinnacle Achievement Award and is a Finalist for the Readers Favorite awards, winners to be announced in

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The Magic Word is one that everyone needs to learn. “Elisabeth Keys never said thank you, excuse me or please. She made fun of people, she’d argue and tease. She took what she wanted whenever she could, Elisabeth’s manners were not very good.” So begins the rhymed story of Elisabeth, who discovers her lack of friends when no one wants to come to her birthday party. Her mother suggests that she learn to be considerate of others and to say “please” as well as “thank you.” She should treat others “the way that you know you would like,” and should “think more about others and less about you.” When Elisabeth goes to school the next day, she remembers her mother’s advice and uses the magic word “please.” She also tries to become more thoughtful of others. Imagine her pleasure when she returns home to find out that her new friends are all coming to her birthday party. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if children could learn at an early age to be polite and thoughtful of others! This wonderful rhyming book will have your kids saying “please” before you know it!

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How a Bully Learns to Share … “James Alexander’s nickname was Jim, But nobody would be friends with him. No one wanted to play with Jimmy, For Jim Alexander always said, “Gimme.” Thus begins the rhyming story of Jim Alexander, whose nickname was Gimme-Jimmy because he was a greedy and selfish bully. Imagine Jimmy’s concern when he found that every time he said the word “Gimme,” his hand grew larger! Jimmy was happy to discover that when he was polite and said, “Please” and “Thank you,” his hand began to shrink. He started practicing his new “Polite Rule” and found out that it was much more fun to share.

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Before we get to the $100 Book Blast Giveaway, we have a special treat for you. If you head on over to Julia Dweck’s Facebook Fan Page, you will find the “Where’s Blucy?” contest. Julia Dweck fans are invited to post suggestions of “blue” places Blucy could be hiding, (e.g., near Elvis’ blue suede shoes). The most creative answer will win a print of the Blucy cover by the artist, Erika LeBarre. Head on over to Julia Dweck’s Facebook Fan Page to enter and…

Pssssttt… if you enter the contest before August 20th, 2013, you gain 5 entries in the $100 Book Blast Giveaway below!

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About the Book

Blucy by Julia DweckTitle: Blucy

Author: Julia Dweck

Illustrator: Erika LeBarre

Year published: 2013

Publisher: Xist Publishing

Number of pages: 21

Recommended age: 3+

Summary (Amazon): Once in a blue moon, a special pet comes along. When Mandy adopts the best cat at the shelter, she doesn’t realize it has a big secret and an even bigger personality. Features full screen images and pop-up text.

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Xist Publishing is pleased to offer you a special Buy One Get One FREE (BOGO) offer when you purchase Blucy by Julia Dweck. The Deal? If you purchase Blucy (e-book) through Amazon, you will receive a FREE electronic copy of Julia Dweck’s newest book, Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep (released September 5, 2013). All you have to do is forward your purchase confirmation email to sales@xistpublishing.com and Xist Publishing will send you a complimentary copy of Mary Had a Sleepy Sheep. Don’t wait to take advantage of this great deal!

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The Early Buzz

“Julia Dweck scores another winner Blucy! This book is beautifully illustrated, features solid rhyming verse, has a most unusual main character in Blucy the cat, and will surely be loved and appreciated by all cat-lovers! I would recommend this wonderful picture book to children who love cats and for their grown-ups who will recognize their own cat’s behavior in this funny story. .” ~ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Ms Dweck and Ms Lebarre have created a delightfully humorous read that will no doubt capture the attention of every little mischief maker. The rhythm and rhyme are wonderful and flow so beautifully throughout the book. The illustrations are absolutely exquisite. I honestly wish I could purchase every one of them to put upon my toddlers walls.” ~ WhenIgrowupIwannawriteakidsbook

“The illustrations are amazing and beautiful and the story pulls you in and had Dino telling Mandy and Blucy what to do and got upset when they didn’t listen to him. He was hysterical with some of Blucy’s antics and wanted to know if Balboa could do that to. Really and truly a cute book and one that Dino will keep reading, especially now that he think he’s a catosaurous.” ~ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

A blue cat? I love color – lots of color and these illustrations are exactly that. The rythmic method used by Julia is perfect for all ages and the content is entertaining for all – including adults. My daughter loves mood rings so she found this book particularly interesting – what about a “mood cat”. I am also a firm believer and supporter of pet adoptions – so another plus for this story…That Blucy is quite a mischievous cat. Blucy has special facts at the end of the story as well as a game for the kids to keep them thinking. I love this book as I have all of Julia’s books and so do my kids. ~ The Stuff of Success

A Phenomenal Children’s Classic. Children & Adults will love and cherish this beloved tale. Julia Dweck has always amazed me with her talent at writing children’s books and Blucy is by far my favorite one yet. I laughed and giggled my way through the whole book and had to read it again several times for the pure joy of the story. The illustrations are fabulous and very colorful and I found myself staring at each page as I read and just loved the details in the illustrations. This is a RECOMMENDED MUST read story that adults and their children will fall in love with. This book will become the best bedtime story that children will want to hear over and over again. ~ Back Words, White Pages

 

About the Author: Julia Dweck

Julia Dweck, Author

Julia Dweck‘s background in elementary education affords her the opportunity to be in touch with what children want to read and what makes them giggle. She’s collaborated with leading artists in the world of children’s literature to produce over 20 Amazon eBooks. Her titles have garnered placement on Amazon’s bestsellers in children’s color picture books multiple times with two #1 bestsellers: PIE-RITS and Zombie-Kids. These titles have been chosen by Amazon Editors for the prestigious “Kindle Daily Deal.” Many of Julia’s titles have earned placement on Amazon’s top ranked lists based on customer review. In her spare time, Julia is a designer of educational adjuncts for children’s literature, and has worked with such notable publishing houses as Penguin Young Readers. She presented at the 2011 National Center for Family Literacy for her creative use of technology in the classroom.

For more information about Julia Dweck and her books, please visit her website, Jule Loves 2 Write.

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Before we get to the $100 Book Blast Giveaway, we have a special treat for you. If you head on over to Julia Dweck’s Facebook Fan Page, you will find the “Where in the blue is Blucy?” contest. Julia Dweck fans are invited to post suggestions of “blue” places Blucy could be hiding, (e.g., near Elvis’ blue suede shoes). The most creative answer will win a print of the Blucy cover by the artist, Erika LeBarre. Head on over to Julia Dweck’s Facebook Fan Page to enter and…

Pssssttt… if you enter the contest, you gain 5 entries in the $100 Book Blast Giveaway below!

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Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest runs: August 13 to September 15, 11:59 pm, 2013

Open: Internationally

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Terms and Conditions: A randomly drawn winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send us an email!

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FOOD FIGHT – KID LIT BLOG HOP

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I had this book from when I started teaching and so glad I can read it to Dino now. While he doesn’t get the puns, he thinks the pics and comments from the food are funny. Reading this Dino brought back lots of memories and I had always hoped I would have my own kid to read this too.

  • the pretzels did a twist…
  • the chocolates kissed…
  • the hot dogs started barking…
  • the rice got steamed and popped the corn…\
  • the bananas peeled out
  • the chowder clammed up

I love that it’s all clay…adds a special quality to the book.

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As a result of reading this book, Dinosaur promptly went to the fridge and gave orders to the food to not get up at night or they would be in big trouble. When he eats he also talks to his food or has them talk to each other. It’s pretty funny to watch.

I wanted to print out foods that we eat and have Dino paste them on paper and dictate a dictate the conversation Dino thinks they are having, but time got away from us…perhaps next time I can do this.

We recently borrowed Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp, also written by Carol Diggory Shields. Dino enjoyed reading this, but thought how the dinosaurs became “you stink” extinct was silly, even though he enjoyed showing off his dance moves.

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I’d like to also borrow. Anybody read these? How were they?
Do you think Dino will enjoy them?

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Blucy Book Review

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Julia Dweck has written another great book, this time about a cat named Blucy. The illustrator Erika LeBarre worked her magic to create suck life-like characters.
Dino and I got to read and review this book, Dino strangely has been acing like a cat, so after we finished reading this book he decided to keep going with his cat imagination and even wanted to be just like Blucy.
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Summary: Once in a blue moon, a special pet comes along.When Mandy adopts the best cat at the shelter, she doesn’t realize it has a big secret and an even bigger personality. Features full screen images and pop-up text
The illustrations are amazing and beautiful and the story pulls you in and had Dino telling Mandy and Blucy what to do and got upset when they didn’t listen to him. He was hysterical with some of Blucy’s antics and wanted to know if Balboa could do that to. Really and truly a cute book and one that Dino will keep reading, especially now that he think he’s a catosaurous.
The pre sale goes until August 14, if you buy the book now you will get 20% off the listed price. Click here to purchase.
Dino also loved Julia Dweck’s books
Dino recently enjoyed this book, which I had to read with a pirate voice EACH AND EVERY TIME.

Bright Stanley – Kid Lit Blog Hop

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I know…NOT a Dinosaur book…what is this world coming to? LOL Dino loves pulling books out of his closet. Finding a book he hasn’t read in a while is like opening a present. 

Bright Stanley and his friends are exploring a mysterious cave. It’s such fun! But then they see lots of strange shadows… Oh no! It must be a cave monster.  Check out the other Stanley books here.

After we finished reading a few times, I had Dino draw me some pictures of what he read. First I drew Stanley, then Dino drew all his friends in the cave. He is now starting to draw size-appropriate pics, as well as, getting most of the shapes correct when he draws. He studies the pic then tries to draw it as he sees it. Sure his hand-eye coordination needs to improve, but he’s on the right track.

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Then he asked me to draw the big shadow they thought was a monster. He draw more friends and the seahorses.

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Finally, he drew all the fish and friends and made me right a quote from the one of the Veggie Tales movies. “God is Bigger than Everything.” He loves to say this when he or someone else gets scared. I LOVE my son. god is biggerpng

He is just so darn proud of his work and he should be.

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I Got a Dino – Kid Lit Blog Hop

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I know you probably have no idea what Dinosaur really loves, even with hints it might be hard to guess. In that case, I’ll tell you……..DINOSAURS!!!!! *giggle-snort*  We love going to the library to take out books on dinosaurs. I try to mix it up with fiction and non-fiction.

One book Dino LOVED was

Revealed Dinosaurs by Douglas Dixon. It has tons of facts and the pictures showed huge dinosaurs, with a clear sheet that when you pulled it away showed the same dinosaur as just bones. Dino kept flipping these pages, amazed that all those bones were inside of a dinosaur.

Another book Dino loved was

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DINO Pets by Lynn Plourde. Dino loved this because a little girls brought home dinosaurs, but they didn’t make good pets and all ran away. The words rhymed and Dino liked when I sang the words instead of reading. At the end they all came back to sleep in her room, just the way all his animals sleep in his bed.

What books do your child(ren) like to take out of the library?

 

Dinosaur Reads Aloud

This is exactly why you need to read to your children. Though I haven’t met a parent who doesn’t, but this is what happens when you read to your child just about every night.

Dinosaur is not reading, but memorizing what is on each page. He knows what the characters are saying and how they are speaking. I have asked him varying levels of comprehension questions from what is happening to what will happen next or why does the character feel that way.

You do this with your child every night and soon, they will be reading the books to you. Dinosaur now even points to the words. as I read. Sure he has no clue what the letters spell, but he knows they mean something. Even better when words are large font and bold, we can really focus on them.

So here is Dinosaur reading No, David by David Shannon

Turn down your volume as Dino only has two volumes…loud and louder.

Dinosaur reading Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear? by Eric Carle  I love how he says all the names of the animals and the sounds they make. 

This makes me quite proud and I know his love of books and learning will continue as he gets older.

How do your kid(s) show their love a book or books you have read for them? Do they have any favorites?

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