Monday, December 24, 2012

Day 24: 'Tis the Night Before Christmas...

...and all through the house, all creatures are reading, even the mouse.  

Our Book-mas is now winding down to a close, but before we retire, please look at those...

Classics are they, loved by old and by young...

And after the very last carol is sung...

Grab a good book and snuggle up tight,

Merry Book-mas to all, and to all a good night!

25 Days of Book-mas!!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Day 22: Press Here

Today is Day 22 of our

25 Days of Book-mas!!!

Mom's pick:

Press Here by Herve Tullet, Christopher Franceschelli, illus. 

In today's tech world, kids are often more engaged with screens than they are with words and stories.  With this simple, yet not simplistic concept, Tullet has created a story that invites children to play with a book.  Engaging and fun, Press Here is perfect for young readers and read alouds with grown-ups too.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Day 21: The END of the World!

Today is Day 21 of our

25 Days of Book-mas!!!

Hey this is C.J, Its the end of the world, as we know it! (Song) and this... is book report time!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Today we are doing a book called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. First, I don't want anyone to spoil the book for me because I'm about 3/4 through it. So Harry, Ron, and Hermoine are searching for the horcruxes.  So far Harry has destroyed almost all of the horcruxes, but they get attacked by Nagini! (Voldemort's snake).  It looks like its the end of the world for Harry.  I have seen the movie, but I haven't read the book so I would appreciate it if you didn't spoil it for me. 

C.J. Out! <(-_-)>

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day 20: Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Today is Day 20 of our

25 Days of Book-mas!!!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
PJ's pick: Hey this is P.J. and if you were expecting C.J., he fell asleep.  So now I am going to tell you about the book Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. I loved this book because it just made me feel so childish and it made me laugh. When I first heard of this book I thought it was really stupid but then I actually read it and I loved it. I remember when the book came out my grade started the "cheese touch" and it was really funny. 
Here are the other books in the series:

Well thanks for reading, and I hope to see you next time.

Mom's note:  PJ read the first two books, but CJ has read the entire series.  In fact, I think Santa might be getting him the latest one:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Day 19: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

Today is Day 19 of our

25 Days of Book-mas!!!

For older teens, Mom's picks for today are:

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
 and the sequel,

Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

If you would have told me a year ago that I would sing and laugh my way through a book with zombies, vampires, severed heads, werewolves, witches, and fey, I wouldn't have believed you. Yet, I did.  The first Necromancer book dug in its teeth, and I was instantly hooked.  Sam LaCroix is a believable underdog of a character, and I cheered for him throughout the story (and sang every chapter title- seriously, McBride is a genius.)
In the second Necromancer installment, Lish McBride continues to delight. Adjusting to his new power as a necromancer, Sam initially stumbles through his life as an exorciser of the dead and leader of the magical Council. Douglas may be dead, but death continues to occur around him. 
Now, sing along with me...
Spirits have come from distant cities, just to see him. And as far as they see, they can offer no explanation. With humor, good friends, and an epic magic hangover, he'll make his way.... he'll make his way.
Recommended for mature YA audiences (Ages 14 and up).

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day 18: PJ's pick: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Today is Day 18 of our

25 Days of Book-mas!!!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, Lois Ehlert, illus.

Hey this is P.J.  Today I will be sharing one of my favorite books from my childhood, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. I used to love this book just because it had lots of onomatopoeia (sound words) and I just loved the idea of talking letters.  I also loved when they all fell off the top of the coconut tree, because I thought it was so funny.  I asked my Mom to read this book so many times that she still knows all of the words by heart, even though it has been 10 years since she read it to me. 

So this has been P.J. and this has been Day 18 of the 25 Days of Book-mas. Hope to see you next time.

Monday, December 17, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? AND Day 17 of the 25 Days of Book-mas!

Today the Boys and I are linking up to a meme hosted by Shelia at Book Journey as well as Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts.  It's called: It's Monday!  What Are You Reading?  Check out both of their blogs for many, many, more wonderful book recommendations and links to others who are doing the same!

In addition, today is Day 17 of our

25 Days of Book-mas!!!

 PJ wrote a nice update on his reading, but then we had technical difficulties, and our post crashed, losing all of his words.  :(  He's reading The Pearl and said that the main character is going a little crazy.
His words were better than mine, but it is late, and this lame apology from Mom will have to do.
Hey this is C.J, DING FRIES ARE DONE and this... is book report time

I am nearing the end of this amazing book and things aren't turning out good for Harry. (Spoiler alert!) Dumbledore got murdered by Snape and Bill Weasely got bit by a werewolf.  <(-_-)> (TM)  Also I am nearing the end of the series to those who dont know about the Harry Potter series. The next book is the last book of the series (which means its the longest).

Until next time, C.J. out.

Mom is still currently reading:

I am absolutely in utter adoration of Deza Malone.  She is my  new hero.  I'm midway through, and I am delighted by every single one of her epiphanies.

Our book study group at school is reading Chapters 4 and 5 this week to discuss after the break.

I have not gotten my hands on these two gems yet, but I will...

Sway has been sitting on my bookshelf for some time, and I will read it as soon as I finish Miss Malone.  I'm hoping it will be a quick, fun read, because I am 5 books behind in my 2012 reading challenge!  Time is ticking away, too.  I can't wait to have a lovely break full of reading so that I can catch up and meet my goal.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Day 16: Mom's pick- The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

Today is Day 16 of our

25 Days of Book-mas!!!

Today, Mom recommends:

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

This is not your average Prince Charming story.  An absolutely fantastic middle-grade read with appeal to both boys and girls alike, The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom has it all. With adventure, smart and fearless princesses, magic, dragons, and a bit of romance, Christopher Healy ties together multiple fairy tales with a twist. Hilarious situations and dialogue abound, making this fantasy / fairy tale romp entertaining for all (Moms included). Recommended read-aloud ages 7 and up, read alone ages 10 and up.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Guest Blogger! Day 15: Super G!

Today is Day 15 of our

25 Days of Book-mas!!!

Today we have Super G! (the Boys' younger cousin) visiting us, and we thought it would be fun to have him recommend his favorite book.

Today's Pick from our guest blogger:  

Pokemon: Essential Handbook  by Scholastic, Inc., Cris Silvestri

Super G! says:  I think that Pokemon: Essential Handbook is super-awesome, because it has every single need to know fact about Pokemon, and it has every single Pokemon except Celbio.  It's a good start to the Pokemon world.  The way it is organized is A to Z in alphabetical order.  The description of each Pokemon includes the possible moves, the region, and the height.  I'd have to say Kyurem is the best Pokemon because it's the one that battled Celbio in the battle to determine the universe's future.  

This is Supa G!  See ya later!

CJ says: Supa G! is a Pokemon Boss.

PJ says: When the Pokemon apocalypse comes, we will all be ready to catch them all.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Day 14: My Precious!

Today is Day 14 of our

25 Days of Book-mas!!!

The Hobbit by J.R.R.  Tolkien

Hey this is C.J. MY PRECIOUS! and this... is book report time.
Today we are doing The Hobbit, which has just come out in theaters. It is a great book which I have read twice (not to brag or anything).  I have just realized that my Yoda (Trademark) can also be a Gollum/Smeagel (Trademark) <(-_-)>.  It looks sort of like it.  So back to the book.  The book is a story about a Hobbit (really, REALLY small person) named Bilbo who has to do a journey with the help of Gandalf (A wizard) and Mori, Dori, Fili, Kili, and all the other dwarves. (Gandalf isn't a dwarf).  I am not going to ruin what happens on the journey, but I can assure you it is awesome.  And now, I leave you with this.
C.J. out. 


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day 13: P.J.'s Epic Pick

Today is Day 13 of our

25 Days of Book-mas!!!

Hey this is P.J. and this is my 25 days of Book-mas pick. Today I will be be reviewing the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. I think that this is one series that when you read it the first time it is epic, and the second time you get more of the emotional feel to it. If you did not know, this book series is about the gods and goddesses of Olympus and all of the drama that goes on between them. This book series is probably one of my favorites of all time, and I think I will read it again.  I recommend the series to everyone ages 11 and up.