Reading Challenge 2017

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2017 was the year of many challenges, reading books included. My girls are used to have a library accessible at all times, may at be at home with their personal library or the public library in the city. In Oregon our selections were very limited with books and then when we moved and most things were packed up and it took a while until we could get to our old, familiar library at home. But the reunion was glorious ūüôā During that time we did purchase quite a few books, after all Half priced books was in our “neighborhood” again. But we were also very busy. Reconnecting with friends was a super important goal for 2017 and we managed that.

Between all the craziness the girls still managed to read quite a bit. I am sure some books have not been written down in the hectic of everything but overall this mirrors their year pretty well. We try to only list chapter books, so it doesn’t include picture books. My girls share books between each other a lot, so you might find several books on both lists. They vary from many easy readers to quite a few thick, advanced books. We don’t buy or choose books for reading levels, they pretty much are allowed to read what they like as long as it is somewhat age appropriate. Magic, Fairy Tales, Star Wars, American Girl, and Geronimo Stilton were still quite often in the list.

You will also find some rather unique novels in my oldest daughters list, because of the books she gets to review for a publishing company. Anyways, I hope you enjoy the list and maybe you will find one or two jewels you haven’t seen yet.

Here is a list of all the books my youngest read in 2017. She read these books between the age 7 and 8.

  1. The bad guys 
  2. Kit learns a lesson
  3. Kits surprise
  4. Who was Alexander Graham Bell
  5. Land of stories: An authors Odyssey
  6. Geronimo Stilton Magical Mission
  7. Bad Guys Mission Unpluckable
  8. Judy Moody Declares Independence
  9. Happy Birthday Kit
  10. Kit saves the day
  11. Changes for Kit
  12. Judy Moody bucket list
  13. Fitz Dog Academy Rescue
  14. Spacemise away in a star sled
  15. Fizz Dog Tryouts
  16. Judy Moody Finch Pig trouble
  17. Judy Moody Triple Pet trouble
  18. flight of the red bandit Geronimo stilton 
  19. Sea Monster Surprise (Geronimo Stilton Cavemice #11

  20.  Star Wars Rebels Rise of the Rebels

  21. Cranky Paws: Pet Vet
  22. American Girl Mia
  23. The Mares Take: Pet Vet
  24. Morning Girl
  25. The Great Shelby Holmes
  26. Fizz and the show dog jewel thief
  27. Pirate Pig
  28. Babymouse # 10 The Musical
  29. Phineas and Ferb # 8 It’s ancient history
  30. Before I made history Abe Lincoln
  31. Dinoriders how to train a Triceratops
  32. Hamster Princess Giant trouble 
  33. Jasper Dooley Star of the week
  34. Cinderella Smith The more the merrier
  35. The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde
  36. Stink and the great Guinea pig express
  37. Time Cat
  38. Lucy & Andy Neanderthal
  39. Thea Sisters and the Madagascar Madness
  40. Judy Moody and the Big Blackout
  41. Kit Mystery thief in the theater
  42. Narwhal Unicorn of the sea
  43. Bad Kitty School Daze
  44. The Ghosts at the Movie Theater #9 (The Haunted Library)
  45. The Ghost in the Tree House #7 (The Haunted Library)
  46. Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt
  47. Grounded adventures of Rapunzel
  48. Creepella von Cacklefur Fright Night
  49. Vidia and the fairy Crown
  50. Mr.Lemoncellos Library Olympics
  51. Jedi Academy The Force oversleeps
  52. Geronimo Stilton Lost in Time
  53. Geronimo Stilton Spacemice Beware ! Spacejunk !
  54. Geronimo Stilton Operation Secret Recipe
  55. Imaginary Sleepover The fairy Farm
  56. Lonely Lake Monster Imaginary Vet
  57. The Griffins Riddle Imaginary Vet
  58. Wellie Wishers Rainstorm Brainstorm
  59. The Trimoni Twins and the shrunken Treasure
  60. Wellie Wishers The Mystery of Mr.E
  61. The Rain Dragon Rescue Imaginary Vet Book 3
  62. Thea Stilton Secret of the Fairies
  63. Thea Stilton Secret of the Snow
  64. Geronimo Stilton Mysterious Cheese Thief
  65. Geronimo Stilton Race Across America
  66. Beforever Melody
  67. Geronimo Stilton Save the White Whale
  68. Thea Stilton Mystery in Paris
  69. Geronimo Stilton Cheese Experiment
  70. Mouseford Academy Missing Diary
  71. Geronimo Stilton Get into Gear
  72. Geronimo Stilton Enourmouse Pearl Heist
  73. Geronimo Stilton Valley of the Giant Skeletons
  74. Thea Stilton Tropical Treasure
  75. Heartwood Hotel A true Home
  76. Heartwood Hotel Greatest Gift
  77. Geronimo Stilton Mouse in Space
  78. Haunted Library Hide and seek Ghost
  79. Meet Molly American Girl
  80. If the magic fits { 100 dresses }
  81. Family under the Bridge
  82. Judy Moody Goes to College
  83. Star Wars Rebel Ezra’s Duel with Danger
  84. Geronimo Stilton Mousehouse Hunter
  85. Star Wars Rebels Rise of the Rebels
  86. Stink and the worlds super stinky sneakers
  87. Thea Stilton Blossom adventure
  88. Ruby Starr
  89. Judy Moody Saves the World
  90. Star Wars Rebel Ezras Journal
  91. Thorfin and the Raging Raiders
  92. Sophie Mouse a new friend
  93. Princess in black takes a vacation
  94. Disney Halloween Scary Storybook collection
  95. The thanksgiving beast feast
  96. Nancy Clancy Soccer Mania
  97. Geronimo Stilton Creepella A suitcase Full of Ghosts
  98. Nancy Clancy Super Sleuth
  99. Disney Tangled opposites attract
  100. Disney Tangled Tales of Rapunzel
  101. Famous Five Go Off in a Caravan
  102. Land of Stories Worlds Collide
  103. Never Girls A fairy’s gift
  104. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  105. Escape from Mr.Lemoncello’s Library
  106. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  107. James and the Giant Peach
  108. Fantastic Mr.Fox
  109. Enormous Crocodile
  110. Magic Finger
  111. Thea Stilton  Mystery on the Orient Express
  112. Cavemice Stone of Fire Don’t wake the Dinosaur
  113. One day in the Tropical Rainforest
  114. The tale of Despereaux [being the story of a mouse, a princess, some soup, and a spool of thread]
  115. Judy Moody and the Not a Bummer Summer
  116. Red The True Story of Red Riding Hood

 

Here is my oldest daughter’s list. Again you might find identical books on both lists because they like to share ūüėČ You will find many magic stories, sci-fi, and lots of fairy tales and quite a few newbies. We hope you enjoy the list ! Happy reading !

  1. Remarkable
  2. Bella Donna #2 Too many spells
  3. Fearless travel Guide to wicked places
  4. The mystery of the clockwork sparrow
  5. Geronimo Stilton Magical Mission
  6. Gateway the ancient Starship
  7. Peter Nimble and his fantastic eyes
  8. A Masterpiece for Bess ( Disney fairies)
  9. Emil + The Detectives
  10. Ellas Diaries Dreams Come True
  11. The World according to Humphrey
  12. Jess American Girl
  13. Ella Diaries I love Pets
  14. Bad Guys Mission Unpluckable
  15. Enchanted Files: Hatched
  16. Rump
  17. Ayesha Dean The Istanbul Intrigue
  18. Prilla and butterfly
  19. Hannah’s Winter
  20. Famous Five on a hike together
  21. Judy Moody bucket List
  22. Ramona Quimby Age 8
  23. Sandy Lane Stables the Midnighthorse
  24. Spacemouse away in a Starsled
  25. Famous Five go off to Camp
  26. Tales of beedle the Bard
  27. Fixx and the Police Dog try outs
  28. Fizz and the Dog academy rescue
  29. Fizz and the show dog Jewel thief
  30. Army Brats
  31. Ella Diaries Pony School Showdown
  32. Aloha Kanani American Girl
  33. Disney Faries Vidia and the fairy crown
  34. Wildwood
  35. Ezra’s Duel with Danger
  36. Rise of the Rebels
  37. Hello Stars
  38. Jedi Academy
  39. Jedi Academy The Return of the Padawan
  40. Jedi Academy The Phantom Bully
  41. Jedi Academy The New Class
  42. Basher Science Astronomy
  43. Beauty and the Beast Lost in a Book
  44. Flunked
  45. Charmed
  46. Star Wars Join the Resistance
  47. Beforever The one and only Maryellen
  48. Molly Moon Micky Minus and the Mind Machine
  49. Wrinkle in Time
  50. Babymouse The Musical
  51. Mysterious Benedict Society
  52. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  53. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma
  54. The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict
  55. Lucky Broken Girl
  56. Genevieve’s War
  57. School for Good and Evil
  58. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  59. Bad Kitty Puppy’s Big Day
  60. The School for good and Evil #2
  61. Click’d
  62. The Princess in Black the hungry bunny horde
  63. Lucy and Andy Neanderthal
  64. Super Narwahl and Jelly Tot
  65. Macy Macmillan and the Rainbow Goddess
  66. The School for Good and evil EverNever Handboook
  67. Mira’s Diary Lost in Paris
  68. School for Good and Evil #3
  69. Geronimo Stilton Operation Secret Recipe
  70. Heartwood Hotel A true home
  71. Heartwood Hotel The Greatest Gift
  72. The Land of Stories Worlds Collide
  73. The witches Vacuum cleaner
  74. Fairy Haven and the quest for the Wand
  75. Hoot
  76. Many Waters ( Wrinkle in Time series)
  77. Serafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina Book 3)
  78. The Key to Extraordinary
  79. The World’s Greatest Chocolate-Covered Pork Chops
  80. Lights, Camera, Cook! (Next Best Junior Chef)
  81. The Wanderer
  82. The Graveyard Book
  83. The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  84. Keys to the City
  85. Tricked (Fairy Tale Reform School)
  86. The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
  87. The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation
  88. Podkin One-Ear (Longburrow)
  89. The Incredible Magic of Being
  90. Rush Revere and the First Patriots: Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans
  91. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer Stone
  92. The Girl who Saved Christmas
  93. Captain Underpants and the Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Women (Captain Underpants #5)
  94. Molly Moon Stops the World
  95. Attack of the Dragons (Geronimo Stilton Micekings #1)
  96. Serafina and the Black Cloak
  97. The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase
  98. This Book Is Not Good For You (The Secret Series)
  99. The Wonderling
  100. The Song from Somewhere Else 
  101. Hamster Princess Giant Trouble
  102. The Wild Ones
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Lights, Camera, Cook! (Next Best Junior Chef) { Kids Book Review }

Here is a fun suggestion, of a book my daughter reviewed last year and I haven’t been able to share yet. I believe that children cooking on their own and learning certain lifestyle skills is extremely important and it can be lots of fun, so she really enjoyed this book a whole lot …but let’s see what my daughter had to say about it !! PS: I just saw that the second one will be out next week !!



The next junior Chef, Lights, Camera, Cook , is about a group of kids ages nine to eleven, who participate in a kids‚Äô cooking show on TV. The kids compete against each other to find out who’s the best. Tate is the youngest and has a little bit of a hard time competing against the older kids but really is just there to have fun anyways. Oliver is very serious about winning, bossy to the rest of the team and overall has a bit of an attitude. Rae and Caroline become best friends, and both feel a bit shy and nervous around all the cameras. The kids go through different rounds and win prizes but in the end only one person wins!

This was another fun book. I enjoyed the different perspectives between the kids. Kids eight and up could easily read this and I think boys and girls alike would enjoy reading this book!! The sneak peek of episode two was exciting and I can’t wait to read more!!

 

Bella & Harry Series ( Book review )

 

We were in a super rush to head out the door for the library again today and just last minute, I remembered to get a picture of these guys. So not the best picture, but hey.. you do what you gotta do ūüėČ !!

The Bella and Harry series was a lucky grab a few weeks ago and we were pretty excited that our small library actually had quite a few from this series. This was our second grab already and we enjoyed each one of these.

They are clearly  for the younger audience ( 5 and up ) but if your child loves travel stories I think just about every age would still enjoy these. I know my almost 10 year old had fun reading these with her little sister. They both just love these little Chihuahuas !  We have studied many countries through homeschooling in many great details and I love adding little fun stories in between just to recall some of the basic facts, these were perfect for that !

The little puppies travel along with their family to all kinds of amazing places in the world and get to have little adventures. Each page is beautifully illustrated and very colorful. The story is brought to life in fun ways with little dialogues between the puppies as they travel through each city and full of great educational information.

They would be a wonderful addition to anyone’s library, educational, inspirational and just a whole lot of fun !!

 

Check out some of the other books from the series, maybe Bella and Harry have already visited the city you have on your next travel plan !!




Albert’s Almost Amazing Adventure

Albert is back from vacation and meets all his friends at the playground, of course they all want to know about his adventures but keep interrupting him over and over again. In the end he doesn’t even get to tell them what his awesome adventure really, really was ūüôā

It’s a very funny, imaginative story with beautiful drawings. The author made the right choice when he switched from the black and white drawings to the beautifully illustrated, lively images in color. It explains the story so well and lets little ones follow even easier . The story does have some silly images and mentions zombies and monsters, but really just in a funny way. Both my girls ( 6,9) loved it and thought it was hilarious, especially the zombie cats !! A fun and silly, original picture book !! Check it our¬†here¬†!!

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Editorial Reviews ( from amazon)
Review
The contrast between when Albert is telling his story and when his friends are making guesses as to his amazing adventures is illustrated in pictures that shift between black and white and wonderful colors. It is a clever device to help your students determine what is real and what is fantasy. –Brian Smith, Scholastic Blog for Teachers
About the Author
Marty Kelley currently works as a writer and illustrator, but in the past, he s worked many jobs baker, animator, and balloon delivery guy are just a few titles he s held. The former second grade teacher has published many children s books, including Fall Is Not Easy, The Rules, and Summer Stinks. Even though the lingering aroma of Sloppy Joes and tater tots will forever haunts his dreams, he still visits 60 to 70 schools each year to talk about writing and art with students and teachers. He likes to show students how he creates his books, and sometimes he even uses these unsuspecting kids as a focus group for his unfinished works. He’s a member of the New Hampshire State Council for the Arts and a frequent presenter with The Children’s Literacy Foundation. His favorite authors are Chris Moore, Chuck Palahniuk, and David Sedaris. And he doesn t watch any TV. Really.

Greetings from somewhere – Book review

The kiddos have been reading a lot again lately. For the first time, in a long time, we are even keeping a reading log and they both have filled their pages continuously.

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One serious that we picked without knowing what we were really getting into, was ” Greetings from somewhere”.¬†

I love stumbling on great books, especially series, that I had no idea even existed.

Who would have thought that this family is actually a homeschool family ? The parents in the book are travel journalists, a photographer and a writer and they have taken the kids out of school to travel around the world.  My girls were so thrilled, since books about homeschooled children are still in the minority. Several of these books fitted perfectly in some of the studies we did with Moving beyond the page as well. They visit places in  Africa, travel to Venice, Paris and the Coral Reefs in Australia and many more.

Both my 9 and 6 year old enjoyed these. They were a quick read of about 100-115 pages. There are some bigger pictures on some of the pages as well though and they are written in an easy to read style. Perfect for kids that just started reading on their own, beginner readers, or older kids that still enjoy this style and just want to have fun reading.

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In all the books, the kids travel to a different city and explore it together with their parents. In each one they encounter a mystery and have to find a way to solve it. Again, both my girls love a little mystery while learning about different cultures, history, and geography !

Our library had several in stock, but I think I will try to add these to our personal library as well ūüôā

 

Ruffleclaw * bookreview*

Ruffleclaw by Cornelia Funke (aff link)

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Our 6 year old daughter had received this book from grandma for St.Nick’s day. She is a little tomboy anyways, so the subject ” monsters ” was fitting. Cornelia Funke is not an unknown author to us, she is indeed very popular in Germany and has written several bestsellers. One of our favorite one is¬†Dragonrider, which I thought we had written about already but I guess we will have to make another post about someday. I can’t up with all these books, somedays ūüėČ

Anyways, back Ruffleclaw. He¬†is a silly, little monster that dreams about living with the little boy Tommy ¬†and¬†wants to leave the monsters burrow. In the middle of the night he makes his escape and startles Tommy when he climbs right into his bed. ¬†Ruffleclaw is a very silly, at times naughty, misbehaving monster, that also isn’t always very polite, especially to Tommy’s mother. It didn’t bother me too much, after all Ruffleclaw is a monster and I expected it to behave like one . I do find that he adjusts to living with Tommy and his family towards the end, but for some readers, maybe not enough. ¬†The book is written in a a fun and silly way and it was a relatively quick read for our 6 year old.

She is a very advanced reader,has read the first Harry Potter already, but often if the book¬†is¬†just too advanced or just too thick ¬†she will not make it through. This was easy and fun for her, and she finished the book in the matter of a week with a a lot of enthusiasm. A perfect little chapter book. This might not be Cornelia Funke’s best book, but I am excited to share some smaller chapter books with my younger child that get her excited and happy about reading, and this book was exactly that !

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