Over the past two weeks we have blanketed ourselves in books: we ordered books, sat on the floor and ripped open boxes of books that arrived via Fed Ex man, started compiling our 2013 "What We Have Read" list (Ella has completed 46 chapter books in the first six weeks of the year. As our 3-year old likes to say: "Booyah!"). From our recent deliveries, we highlight a few new finds we're eager to start:
1) Guinea Dogs by Patrick Jennings: Ella has been gunning for a cat for a while but so far her father remains a staunch opponent to the idea. He wants a dog -- but I remain a staunch opponent to that idea. This book about a boy who wants a dog but instead gets a guinea pig with a mohawk seems like a funny take on the whole family-pet negotiation process.
2) Sophie Simon Solves Them All by Lisa Graff: A story about a girl with an exceptionally high IQ and lots of book smarts who struggles when it comes to social stuff and friends.
3) Girl's Best Friend (A Maggie Brooklyn Mystery) by Leslie Margolis: I decided to pick some mystery books for Ella to see if she likes the genre. The setting of the books in nearby Brooklyn, a place she has been to several times, will hopefully make it more real. I also picked one more mystery series below -- see The Jewel Thieves.
4) Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck: I picked this book for a family-read-together selection. I like the idea of introducing them to the Victorian era via a mouse tale. Something about the book reminds me of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and The Tale of Despereaux (both by Kate DiCamillo), all-time favorites here.
5) Grayson by Lynne Cox: This was my pick for a mother-daughter read. A real life story about a girl who tries to save a whale, something inspirational.
6) Jewel Thieves by Hope McLean: Seems like a junior version of Nancy Drew. Ella loved the first one (review forthcoming) and the second one.