Monday, July 30, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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!

Today one of the boys is at camp, so we have Mom and C.J.'s book reviews to share.  P.J. is about 50% of the way through Dreadnaught (H.I.V.E. #4) by Mark Walden.  I'm sure we'll have his full review by next Monday, along with multiple mosquito bites and a layer of mud, which he will also acquire this week at camp.

Here's how the rating works (as written by P.J.):

For every "rock" it means something different, like 1 rock is not very good, 2 rocks is ok, 3 rocks is good, 4 rocks is great, and 5 rocks is amazing! Well now that I got you up to speed, let's get into these book reviews.

"Greetings inferior one." I am C.J. the unimaginable and it's book report time now!

Title:  Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World
Author:  Vordak T. Incomprehensible, Scott Seegert

Goodreads summary:*  Slip on your acid-free gloves, make sure you have a duplicate copy of How to Grow Up and Rule the World (just in case something should happen to this one) and try to follow along as the incomparable, superior-in-all-ways Vordak the Incomprehensible teaches you a thing or two about villainy.  Now you, too, can try (and fail) to attain Vordak's level of infamy.

From selecting the most dastardly name, to choosing the ideal henchmen, to engaging in witty repartee with disgustingly chipper superheroes, experienced supervillain Vordak the Incomprehensible guides readers step-by-step toward the ultimate goal of world domination (from his parents' basement in Trenton, New Jersey).  

With chapter titles like "Bringing Out the Evil" and "Building a Top-Notch Evil Organization," numerous bold illustrations, and detailed quizzes to assess your level of dastardliness, this book provides everything necessary to rise above the masses, and then rub your ascent in their faces.

In return for this wealth of knowledge, Vordak requests nothing more than an honored place in the evil regime of he who achieves control of the world. (And, of course, the opportunity to assume command, should things not work out.)
What I think:  I think it was a decent book.  It was about a guy named Vordak who is trying to teach you how to RULE THE WORLD!! MUHAHAHAHA!!!  I think the book is just a huge hilarious joke, in the good way.   People who like Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey: you would like this book.  Ages recommended 8-12.
Favorite quote:  "GREETINGS inferior one!" (pg. 1)

Rock Rating: 4.5 out of 5!  

Next reads for C.J. include:

Vordak the Incomprehensible: Rule the School by Vordak T. Incomprehensible, Scott Seegert


My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian

Last week, Mom decided to join a friendly challenge between teachers and librarians called SUMMER THROWDOWN!  (round 2).  

To find out more about this good-natured reading fun, check out this post from The Brain Lair (click here).  Mom is a little competitive, so she stepped up her reading a bit.   GO TEAM TEACHER!!! Here's this week's list.  Click on any of the book titles to link to Mom's reviews on Goodreads:

 Camp Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker (audiobook version)

Also, Mom continued her Kate Messner author study this week by reading:

Real Revision by Kate Messner

Sugar and Ice by Kate Messner

Mom has decided that Kate Messner is her idol.  She hopes to be like her when she grows up.  

(There,  I said it.  Yes, it's true!) 

Here's to another fantastic reading week!  Happy Reading, and Happy Monday!

*"How to Grow Up and Rule the World, by Vordak the Incomprehensible." Goodreads. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 July 2012. <>.


  1. Love this you guys! What a great blog.
    And the Rock rating really helps.
    I have students that REALLY like Vordak- I can't wait to hear how the 2nd one is.

    Happy reading this week! :)
    (And go #teamteacher!)

    1. Thanks, Kellee!! We are glad that you are enjoying our blog and are even happier that you took the time to tell us about it!
      C.J. says, "MUAHAHAHAHA!"


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