supercheesegirl: (books - narnia lucy)
Christmas in Camelot (Magic Tree House, #29): Finished on 3/3/17. Was desperate for a book to read with my daughter and found this one as an eBook through the library, so we read it on my tablet, which she liked. In this one, all the joy and laughter has been magically sucked out of Camelot, and Jack and Annie have to go on a quest to find it, on the way rescuing Arthur's three bravest knights from certain death. Freya liked the part with the dragons.

Carnival at Candlelight (Magic Tree House, #33): Finished 2/19/17. I was psyched about this one because, first, they go to Venice, and secondly this is the first in a four-book run of which we’d already read all the others several times, and I had been wondering and wondering what happened in the first one. (Freya had no such issue and enjoyed this one because there was a flying lion and because Jack wore a silly costume.)

A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time (Magic Tree House, #44): Finished this for the second time on 3/18; I think we listened to it at least four times total. Freya now asked many questions about Charles Dickens, but she didn’t seem confused at all by the scene with the chimney sweeps (and she hasn’t seen Mary Poppins), so I’m wondering how much she missed here.

Dogs in the Dead of Night (Magic Tree House, #46)
Abe Lincoln at Last! (Magic Tree House, #47): Listened to these two in the car back in February. The Frey really enjoyed the antics of the silly dog, and hearing Jack and Annie transform into dogs, but we talked about Abraham Lincoln for DAYS. We also, coincidentally, listened to it right around Presidents Day. She was extremely interested in him as a president, in the fact that he died, in the fact that he had two young sons one of whom also died.

Balto of the Blue Dawn (Magic Tree House, #54): Finished 2/24/17
Night of the Ninth Dragon (Magic Tree House, #55): Finished 2/26/17. Listened to these two in the car, both at home and on the go in Orlando, FL. The dog sled one was popular because Jack and Annie got a puppy out of it, but the Camelot one was listened to over and over again. Just something about it captured her imagination. She loves the Camelot books particularly, I think. In unrelated news, if I have to listen one more time to the scene where Annie keeps saying "Bad DISEASE!" over and over, I may throw the CD out the window. One scene that comes across a lot better on paper than in audio, though I do appreciate Annie's cleverness with the yellow highlighter.

Sleepover Sleuths (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #1), by Carolyn Keene: Finished on 2/23/17. Freya got this free. It’s a cute concept to reinvent Nancy Drew for modern kids, but it’s way too girly, and it doesn’t read well aloud. I want to discourage further volumes in this series until my daughter can read them to herself.

Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mutant Mosquitoes from Mercury (Ricky Ricotta, #2) (finished 2/16/17)
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Mecha Monkeys from Mars (Ricky Ricotta, #4)
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Jurassic Jackrabbits from Jupiter (Ricky Ricotta, #5)
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn (Ricky Ricotta, #6)
Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. the Uranium Unicorns from Uranus (Ricky Ricotta, #7)
by Dav Pilkey, Martin Ontiveros (Illustrations)
Freya is loving these formulaic graphic novels about a young mouse, his giant robot best friend, and the evil aliens they must defeat. The exact same thing happens in each volume, but that totally doesn’t matter. One thing we both really enjoyed, though, has been cousin Lucy’s character development over the series, as well as that of the Jurassic Jackrabbits, first introduced as bad guy minions in the Jupiter book and who later become small and cute and Lucy’s pets. I was totally delighted to find them coming back again to help Ricky and Lucy save the day. I also love how Lucy steals every scene she’s in. Neither of us particularly loves the flip animation action section in each book, though.

Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business (Junie B. Jones #2), by Barbara Park: Finished 3/12/17. Freya’s class has been reading Junie B. at school and she loves her, so we got this one from the library to read at home (as well as an audio collection to listen to in the car, but this is the only one I’ve personally read all the way through). I find Junie to be pretty awful, honestly, and when we’ve been reading or listening to a lot of Junie B., we start getting behavior issues and have to remind her that if Junie gets in trouble when she does these things, Freya will also get in trouble. But in this book I was pretty entertained by the “little monkey” misunderstanding.

The Courage of Sarah Noble, by Alice Dalgliesh: Finished 3/25/17. Found this in our basement (it must have been a hand-me-down from a relative) and it was the right level of chapter book for bedtime reading so I brought it up. It was named a Newbery Honor Book in 1955, and on the whole it holds up okay in terms of story, plot, and readability, although the depictions of Native peoples were overly simplistic and caricatured. I’m willing to grant the book some slack in that Sarah’s perspective, as a child in 1707, is going to be biased against the Native people she meets, and the whole book is basically about how she overcomes her fears and discovers their kindness and humanity, but I just think Dalgliesh could have gone further in making the family Sarah meets into actual characters rather than pleasant brown cutouts who accept these White settlers without question. My daughter really liked the wilderness and Sarah’s bravery, though. We may be ready to dig into some Laura Ingalls.
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