Sunday, October 24, 2010

Mr. Popper's Penguins

by Richard and Florence Atwater

HADYN:  Mr. Popper's was a very good story.  I liked it very much, because there's a husband, named Mr. Popper and he really like the Antarctic, so he asked for a penguin in the mail.  He got a penguin in a box.  He liked it and called it Captain Cook.  The zoo had a penguin that was a girl and they didn't want it, so they sent it to Mr. Popper, and since it was a girl, it laid lots of baby penguins, and they got tons and tons (maybe 10) penguins.  Captain Cook was the father and Greta was the mother and they had a whole lot of penguins and they were great performers so they put them at a stage but at first they were at the wrong auditorium that they had to pay or they had to go to a different theater.  You will like it if you read it.  

REGAN:  We read Mr. Popper's together, and I thought it was a really good book.  It started out as Mrs. Popper and Mr. Popper with their two children.  They got a penguin from Admiral Drake.  They named it Captain Cook.  The zoo gave them another penguin named Greta.  They had a nest in the refrigerator and they got 12 babies.  The penguins liked to walk up stairs and toboggan down.  They became a circus act and they even got sent to jail.  I thought it was a really good book.  That's why I think you should read it.

MARIA:  This was a great book to read.  Not too hard to follow so Hadyn could follow, but funny enough that Regan stayed interested.  It is a Newberry Honors book from 1939.  It's a good get kids ready to go to sleep book, which means I loved it :).

Thursday, October 7, 2010

When You Reach Me

By Rebecca Stead

So I went to the National Book Festival a couple of weeks ago and heard a book talk by this author. Since I've been living in a cave the last year or so, I didn't know that she'd written the Newbery winner for this year -- this book. She was fantastic. I loved her talk, so I went straight to the library and checked it out. It was well worth a read. The main character is enjoyable. I liked how well-rounded all the characters are and how I came to like them all. The plot is intriguing, too. Recommended.

(This is when I had the epiphany that we'd named 3 of 4 children after characters in
A Wrinkle In Time; if you read the book, you'll see why....)