Monday, August 13, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 8/13

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!

The boys are really rockin' this week with their reading!  One of the Boys even has TWO books to review today.  Here is their system, 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.
BREAKING NEWS!!!!!  C.J. is now an Origami Yoda Super Folder!  Enjoy C.J.'s original origami creations in this quick teaser video below!  But beware, the audio is a bit off (because of Mom's editing).  

C.J. enjoyed making the origami video so much, that he decided to try a Vlog (video blog) review of the book, The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger today!  Say Vvvvllllogggg.... It's a very fun word to say.

C.J. Gives The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger 4.5 out of 5 rocks!  

C.J. also finished reading Vordak the Incomprehensible: Rule the School by Scott Seegert and Vordak T. Incomprehensible this week!  TWO BOOKS in ONE WEEK!!  Yippee!!

  His Rating: 3 out of 5 rocks.

While C.J. has been rocking and rolling with his reading lately, Mom is sad to say that P.J. has hit a bit of a bump in the road.  The dreaded SUMMER READING PROJECT is due on the first day of school (which is coming up sooner than we'd all like!)

<dramatic music> 
Dun Dun DUNNNNN.....!! 

This entire summer, our focus has been to increase intrinsic (self) motivation for reading.  The impending DUE DATE has halted all of P.J.'s momentum.  You will recall, Mom IS a teacher, a Reading Specialist, in fact.  Mom  respects her fellow colleagues, and would never utter a negative word against assignments or teachers or school at all.  


However, after reading his entry below, a sad tear came to Mom's eyes.

Hey this is P.J. and here is my report.
I have been reading some Sherlock Holmes books for my summer assignment and I haven't really decided whether or not I like the Sherlock Holmes books yet, but the thing I wanted to talk about is summer assignments. I will speak for the kids right now.  Most of us like to just spend our summers chilling out and when school starts again we just go back to that routine. Although, the teachers and adults think that we need to keep our memories refreshed so we don't go back to school with big blanks in our head about what to do. So my opinion on summer assignments is that we might not like them but they are necessary.

Shhhh...  Secretly Mom wonders, are they necessary, really?  Hmmm...
Now, the good news is this:  P.J. has a list of books that he may choose to read for his project.  He thought he'd like Sherlock Holmes, because he loved the movies with Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law playing the roles of Holmes and Watson (so did Mom!)  In this rare instance, however, the books are not winning over the movie version for P.J.  So, we will keep looking...

Here are Mom's reads for the week.  Click on the book titles to read Mom's Goodreads reviews:

The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee by Tom Angleberger  (Of Course!)

Disappearing Act by Sid Fleischman

In progress:

My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian (read-aloud to C.J.)

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall

Happy Reading to All! 

Mom and the Boys


  1. Looking forward to hearing what you think of My Life as a Book- I haven't heard much but the author said that it is good for struggling readers. I loved C.J.'s video! Congrats to him. As for P.J., as a fellow teacher, I know *sigh*.

    Happy reading this week! :)

    1. We should be finished with My Life as a Book by next week. We're about halfway, and it's getting good. P.J. Is such a good boy- I just want to help him get his book-mojo back. We'll find it again, though. I'm optimistic.


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