This Week I Read…

Yes, I’m changing a few things here. Dino’s 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 may refer to Dino as AJ and will try to post about the happenings in our life, what AJ is up to, and what’s it’s like raising an only child who is as wild as they come. Now on to the book review.

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Andrew’s Loose Tooth

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Our town had a children’s book sale this past weekend, this was one of the books we bought. Is AJ starting to lose his teeth? Nope, not yet. I think he is ready, solely to get money from the tooth fairy. 

Amazon Summary:

Best-selling author and illustrator team Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko have created another adventure about Andrew, his loose tooth, and the wacky ways friends and family try to pull it out!

“Yeow!” shouts Andrew. “Do something about my loose tooth. It hurts to much I can’t eat my apple.” Andrew’s dad breaks his pliers trying to pull that tooth. Andrew’s dentist can’t pull it either–not even by tying a rope to Andrew’s tooth and driving off in his car. The Tooth Fairy is a biker chick who says, “This is the first tooth ever that I can’t pull out!”

Andrew’s best friend, Louis, ends up saving the day with his special tooth-removing remedy–lots and lots of pepper up Andrew’s nose!.

AJ’s Review:

He has a loose tooth and it’s a crazy tooth, it won’t come out. That’s silly, that’s not true, it’s just a book. It’s not safe to use a hammer or car, that’s dangerous. My mommy wouldn’t do that to me, she loves me. His friend knows how to get the tooth out. He’s smart. 

Mommy’s Review:

A very silly book about a boy with a loose tooth that will not come out. He can’t eat his apple, so his father, mother, dentist, and tooth fairy all try super ridiculous and scary ways to get the tooth out. I am so glad that Anthony realized they were all being unsafe. Finally his friend, the smartest one of the bunch, comes up with a normal idea.

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Dinosaur Reads…

Old MacDonald Had a Dragon

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Amazon Summary:

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O! And on that farm he had…a dragon? The animals aren’t happy that there’s a dragon on the farm. But Old MacDonald likes his dragon…until it starts swallowing up the animals! Can Old MacDonald save his farm before it’s too late? Find out in this silly adaptation of the popular song. Christopher Santoro’s brilliant artwork combines with Ken Baker’s fun text for a story sure to tickle kids’ funny bones.

Dino’s Review:

There’s a dragon on the farm. Dragons can’t be on farms, they belong in castles and mountains. The bad dragon swallows all the animals until he can’t move. I can’t tell you what happens to the farmer, it’s a secret. (Dino starts laughing.) Don’t worry, it’s a happy ending.   

Mommy’s Review:

Another book with repetition and wonderful illustrations. Dino loved guessing what would happen next and got mad when the dragon kept swallowing the farm animals. Dino thought the dragon would explode and there would be dragon parts all over. He really wanted a dragon explosion.

No worries though, all the animals and the farmer make it out safely.

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Dinosaur Reads…

Bear Snores On

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Amazon Summary:

Bear’s cave fills with animal friends as he sleeps in this classic book from New York Times bestselling team of Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.

In a cave in the woods,
in his deep, dark lair,
through the long, cold winter
sleeps a great brown bear.

One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on!

See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests—all of them having a party without him!

Dino’s Review:

Bear sleeps because it’s winter and he’s tired. The other animals come in, because it’s cold. They make food and talk and have a party. They don’t want to wake bear up because he might eat them. Then he wakes up and is sad, because they didn’t invite him to the party. 

Mommy’s Review:

First of all, I love a book where there is repetition so Dino can read along. We keep reading “…and Bear snores on.” 

What a clever book about animals coming into Bear’s den to get out of the cold, they all get along staying warm and sharing their food. Then Bear wakes up and you think he’s going to be mad and scare them away, instead he is sad that they didn’t save him any food. 

They all feel bad and make more food for Bear and he feels loved. Then at the end of the book, Bear is enjoying the warmth and food while his friends snore on. 

The illustrations are detailed and captivating!  

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Dinosaur Reads…

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The Yuckiest, Stinkiest,
  Best Valentine Ever

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Amazon Summary:

Even boys will fall in love with this valentine! 

Leon has a crush. A let-her-cut-in-line-at-the-water-fountain kind of crush. And he’s got the perfect valentine. But this valentine has no intention of getting caught up in any romantic conspiracy. “Love is yucky, kid! Valentine’s Day is all about CANDY!” the card yells at Leon, before leaping out the window and running away, leaving Leon to chase it across town, collecting interested kids along the way. 

Here is a hilarious take on the holiday that boys love to hate, the most complex holiday of them all. Saying “I love you” has never been so yucky or so sweet

 

Dino Review:

The valentine didn’t want to be given to his girlfriend. He runs away and Leon chases him. All the kids follow. He meets his girlfriend and the two valentines love each other.

Why did Mommy post a review of a Valentine’s book? Mommy and Daddy have been married for 14 years! YUP! 14 years! That’s a long time, like 292 years right?  HAPPY ANNIVERSARY MOMMY AND DADDY. I’M THE BEST GIFT EVER, RIGHT? 

 

Mommy Review:

What a cute book…the set up on each page is colorful and with story lines and speech bubbles. The valentine thinks love is stinky and runs away, Leon chases him, as kids chase Leon. They finally meet up with Zoe, his love interest. Zoe’s valentine and Leon’s valentine fall in love. It’s a great, very different, very cute book about Valentine’s Day.

Yup, fourteen years of marriage, twenty years together!!!! That’s insane! Happy Anniversary Tony! 

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Dinosaur Reads…

Big Mean Mike

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I know I haven’t posted what Dinosaur has been reading in a long time. Not to worry, Dino has been reading like mad, I’ve just been lazy about sharing the books and reviews. Taking advantage of Scholastic Book Club and buying books for Dino has become a habit. Slowly I can build a sufficient library for him, one filled with books that he an eventually read on his own as he gets older.

Amazon Summary:

Big Mean Mike is the biggest, toughest dog in the whole neighborhood. He has a big, mean car that he likes to drive around the big, mean streets. Everyone knows that Mike is big and mean, and that’s just the way he likes it. But one day a tiny, fuzzy bunny shows up in his car. Mike can’t believe it! Before anyone can see, he puts the bunny down on the sidewalk and drives away. When the tiny, fuzzy bunny shows up again — and this time brings a friend — Mike tells them both to get lost. Big mean dogs do not hang out with tiny, fuzzy bunnies! But gosh, those bunnies sure are cute. . . . From best-selling author Michelle Knudsen and illustrator Scott Magoon comes a comical lesson about how keeping up your image is not nearly as fun as being your own quirky self.

Dino Review:

Mike is mean to everyone. He doesn’t like cute bunnies. He doesn’t want him in his car, but they are there. He tries to get rid of them because he’s mean. Then he likes them, they become friends. They are so cool.

Mommy Review:

This is a cute book, about a guy who acts tough and cool, but inside he has the personality of a soft, cute, bunny. It teaches that boys can like bunnies. It teaches that you can be friends with whomever who want. It teaches you to just be yourself and people will like you for who you are.

 

What are your kids reading? 

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Dinosaur Reads…

dinotrux go to school

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Amazon Summary:

In this beginning reader, today is the first day of school. The Dinotrux are nervous! What will they eat for lunch? Will their teacher be nice? But the Dinotrux don’t need to worry. They can help each other. And school isn’t scary. It’s fun, especially when you are part dinosaur and part truck! (Passport to Reading Level 1)

Dino Review: They are scared about going to school. They want to have a stay at home day like me. They all help each other (laughs aloud as he thinks about it). They think the teacher is mean, but he is funny. 

Mommy Review: This was one of the books I bought from the Scholastic Reading Club…it’s a great way to build Anthony’s library. This book is pretty cute, as he already knows the dinotrux from a previous book. In this book they are all worried about school, the supplies they need, and if the caveman teacher is scary or nice. They all help each other getting ready and go to school. Teamwork is key!

This month the teacher is working on the “setting” of a story in school. Luckily for Dino, we go over all the elements in a a story when we read. We always discuss the characters, setting, problem, solution, and even sequence events in the story. 

 

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Dino wasn’t in the mood to have his picture taken…so he made a mad face…but he’s still so darn cute. 

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Amazon Summary:

This New York Times bestseller is a holiday treat!

It is the night before Christmas . . . in a house so cozy and colorful that only the beloved Mary Engelbreit could have created it. Not a creature is stirring. Then there’s the jingle of bells. . . .

For this merry holiday celebration, every page is filled with bewitching details, rich color, and memorable characters. A bevy of mischievous elves, an adorable mouse, and a jolly, bespectacled Santa await. Make Mary’s joyous vision a part of your special Christmas!

Dino Review: Santa is going to leave lots of gifts for the family. I know Santa will visit me too! I can’t wait. The Daddy saw Santa, but he should be sleeping. 

Mommy Review: The illustrations are colorful and detailed in typical Mary Engelbreit fashion. I love reading this to Dino during Christmas! 

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Dinosaur Reads…

happy

Dino sure looks happy with his pillows and blankets all over the living room.

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Amazon SummaryThis classic picture book tells the story of a little bear and his family and the heartwarming adventures they have together. Little readers will love this gentle story with charming pictures, soothing text, and imaginative plot, and parents will love reading along with their children. Ideal for children just learning to read.

Dino Review: Little Bear does fun things with his mommy and daddy. He plays in leaves, cuddles with his mommy and gets lots of love, just like me. He is one kid so he doesn’t have to share his mommy and daddy. 

Mommy Review: What a sweet book this is. It is written in such a way that the little bear can be a boy or girl. Not only does it feature an only child, it shows moments that matter most. Whether it’s cuddles, reading books, taking walks, looking at stars, or sneaking in mom and dad’s bed the little bear is loved. The illustrations are detailed, but soft and comforting. 

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Dinosaur Reads…

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Hold your nose, it’s a stinky book.

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Amazon SummaryFrog has a problem. Burping makes him happy, but all the other frogs think it’s disgusting. When he finds a town where everyone loves to burp, he finally realizes that the other frogs may have been right after all.

This comedy of bad manners will have children laughing out loud. And they will discover, like Frog, that a little manners can go a long way. Lisa Kopelke’s lively text and witty illustrations showcase Frog and his overly gassy friends.

Dino Review: Frog burgs all the time and it stinks so bad (waves hand in front of his face). It;s okay to burp, but he does it all the time and never says excuse me. That’s not nice. He doesn’t stop and loses all his family and friends. It has a happy ending though. 

Mommy Review: What kid doesn’t like a book about burps…the illustrations and wording is so well done, that you can almost smell the burps. This is a great book about manners! It teaches kids what happens when you don’t use good manners. In the end Frog learns that it’s okay to burp by accident, not on purpose, and he has to say excuse me. 

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Dinosaur Reads…

dinosaur xmas

La La bought me this book, just in time for Christmas.

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Amazon Summary: The dinosaur fossils in the museum come to life (and sing, dance, and eat gingerbread) in this rollicking twist on the classic poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. And with the enclosed CD, children of all ages can enjoy dinosaur-themed Christmas party music, and hear the story read aloud by the Today Show‘s Al Roker! A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book goes to support the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where the story is set.

Dino Review: It’s dinosaurs at Christmas. There is a dinosaur Santa Claus and dinosaur reindeer. It has dinosaur music and someone reads the book. I like listening to the music, it’s so silly. It’s like the movie Night at the Museum only with dinosaurs and Christmas. 

Mommy Review: I wish the CD beeped or told you when to turn the page, that is quite disappointing. Despite that Dino was able to figure out by what is being read when he should turn. I love the graphics and plot of the book. Very cute and creative for any kid who loves Dinosaurs. Though Dino was quick to point out that this is not real, dinosaurs are not around and Santa Claus is NOT a dinosaur. 

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La La bought me some cool things to store all my amazing art. I get to keep my weekly paintings and drawings in the plastic bag. Then each weekend I get to decide what I want to display on the wall, and what I want to keep in my portfolio. Mommy says only three art works in each section.  

I want to keep all my art work, but Mommy says we can’t keep it all. She says it’s all special, but we don’t have the room. Mommy will take pics of art I don’t have room for, but always want to remember. 

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