Here we are, at the penultimate book. I love the word “penultimate.” Look it up. It is awesome.
As chosen by you, we are reading The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster. This is a classic story, beloved of many. I’m glad we picked it, because it’s a book every kid should read an enjoy. Sometimes, older books get forgotten or overlooked. Not this time!
Our friends at SMS Guys Read are planning to read this, too. So we’ll be up for some Tollbooth IBRG antics and videos during our Wednesday lunch group. If you’re in that group, get ready. If you’re not, join us!
Jonathan and Michael have spoken. Here are their nominations for our April book:
Jonathan nominatesThe Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster. This is a fantasy classic, full of wordplay, puzzles, and strange characters. We have plenty of copies in the library, if we choose this book.
Michael nominates A Long Journey Home, by Joseph Paul and Mary Nuckolls. This book was written by a local author and is a collection of stories she and her son shared. Michael’s mom thinks we would be able to round up enough copies.
A tough choice–the classic or the local connection!
Please vote just once, and feel free to let us know in the comments why we should choose one over the other. Your parent can vote, too.
Well. On we go. We move now from silly and clever historical mystery to awesome and clever science fiction adventure. But first, let me ask you a question: What would be the best team-up ever? Sure, there are lots of possible answers to this question. But if “Boy, robot, and mammoth” was your guess (or if you wish it was), then you’re in luck.
Our next book is the crazy and amazing sci-fi adventure The Boy at the End of the World, by Greg van Eekhout. I’ve already described it to you! Boy, robot, and mammoth team up in a fight for survival in a futuristic world. Oh, there’s also a talking , gun-carrying prairie dog.
Does this sound awesome, or does it sound amazing? I think both.
Well, it took us a good long time, but we did it! Inspired by Battle Bunny, Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett’s hilarious book mash. Fueled by the unstoppable engine of the Intercontinental Ballistic Reading Group. Awesomeness has arrived, and its name is:
“Little Duckling’s Big Problem”
What’s that you say? “Not awesome”? Well, I guess you’ll have to make it awesome.
That’s right. We have finished our sweet and heartwarming story. We have illustrated it with Microsoft’s vast clip art library. Now we send it out into the world to be “improved.” Deface away, oh guy readers! Our masterpiece is yours to spoil!
And onward we march! Our next book is a Guys Read favorite, by a Guys Read favorite author. Horton Halfpott, by Tom Angleberger. Maybe you’ve heard of Mr. Angleberger? He wrote a little series called Origami Yoda! He is the best. THE BEST! Horton is a lot different than Origami Yoda, but it is just as stooky!
Actually, Horton Halfpott has three titles. Here’s the full meal deal:
Horton Halfpott, or
the Fiendish Mystery of Smugwick Manor, or
the Loosening of M’Lady Luggertuck’s Corset
So, make of that what you will. It is a pretty hilarious historical mystery.
The dark days of December doomed our date last week. For only the second time ever, your fearless leader was the only Guy Reader at the meeting. It’s OK. I know lives are busy and time is tight. Hopefully, we can recover after Winter Break.
Our next book is The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis. This was Mr. Curtis’ first book, and I’ve been a big fan of his ever since. He is a great writer and a funny guy–one of my favorite authors. At the meeting, I’ll tell you a story about when I met him once (actually, I’ve met him twice!).
Historical fiction is always interesting to read, especially if it is like this book, teaching you so much about the time and place of the story.
We’ve been meeting a bit for our grand, transcontinental reading railroad, the Intercontinental Ballistic Reading Group. Mr. H and I talked at the beginning of the year about what we should do this time around. We’ve had a lot of fun in past years. We wondered about the new Guys Read book. This, that, and the other.
And then Battle Bunny came out. The rest is history. This book was made for Guys Read. Check out the cover and the trailer.
After realizing that it’s not quite kosher to head to Goodwill to find some Strawberry Shortcake books to “revise,” we decided to create our own sweet, happy, heart-warming story to offer up for quality criticism. We are about a fourth of the way through ours, but SMSGR is already done. Check it out!
We’ve been meeting everyday because of our conference early-release schedule, so we’re hoping to finish our text before Thanksgiving. I may start perusing potential clip art.