April Guys’ Choice Poll

Jonathan and Michael have spoken. Here are their nominations for our April book:

Jonathan nominates The 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.



Vote for what book we should read in April!

So, four guys at our meeting last week, and each of them had a great suggestion for a guy-picked book for April. I’ve tried to have the Guys pick before, and haven’t had much luck. So I’ve picked every single book we’ve ever read. I’m excited to pass that off for one month.

Here are the books nominated at our last meeting:

Cover © Bantam Dell

Cover © Bantam Dell

The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks – Nominated by Nathan

Published in 1980

181 pages

One-sentence summary: In the fantasy book, The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks, a young boy Omri discovers that his cupboard can bring toys to life, including his new Indian figure, Little Bull.

When it first came out in the 1980s, The Indian in the Cupboard won six state reader’s-choice awards, including the Pacific Northwest Library Association’s Young Reader’s Choice Award.

I remember reading this book when I was in 4th or 5th grade.

Cover © Walden Pond Press

Cover © Walden Pond Press

Guys Read: Funny Business, edited by Jon Scieszka – nominated by Lowell

Published in 2010

268 pages

One-sentence summary: The short story collection Funny Business, collected and edited by Guys Read master Jon Scieszka, contains ten funny stories by well-known children’s authors.

We have read books by several of the authors in this collection. Mac Barnett (Brixton Brothers), Christopher Paul Curtis (The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963), and Jack Gantos (Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key). However, one thing we’ve never done in Guys Read is read a short story collection.

This was the first volume in the Guys Read library, started by Jon Scieszka. The most recent volumes are Guys Read: Thriller and Guys Read: The Sports Pages. The next volume, Guys Read: Other Worlds, will feature science fiction and fantasy.

We are currently reading one of these stories in our lunchtime offshoot, the Intercontinental Ballistic Reading Group.

Cover © Little, Brown Books

Cover © Little, Brown Books

Smells Like Dog, by Suzanne Selfors – Nominated by Robert

Published in 2010

368 pages

One-sentence summary, completely stolen from reading descriptions, since I haven’t read this book: In the mystery-adventure book, Smells Like Dog, by Suzanne Selfors, farm boy Homer Pudding inherits a dog that has a “nose” for treasure.

I don’t have much to write about this book, because I haven’t read it. However, someone I know has read it, and she wrote a one-sentence review. Here it is:

Even folks who aren’t dog lovers will take to this goofy story that’s part mystery, part spy thriller, and part what-the-heck-is-going-on?

by Elizabeth Bird, New York City Public Library

So, that sounds fun, right?

Cover © Amulet Books

Cover © Amulet Books

Fake Mustache, by Tom Angleberger – Nominated by Jonathan

Published in 2012

208 pages

One-sentence summary: In the realistic/ridiculous fiction book, Fake Mustache, by Tom Angleberger, regular kid Lenny Flem, Jr., must stop the mind-warping power of a mustache-wearing mystery man.

We’ve read Origami Yoda, by Tom Angleberger, before in Guys Read. We even Skyped with Tom! And last year, the IBRG read his book Horton Halfpott. So, Tom is a well-known and well-loved author with TMC Guys Read. Very well known!

Also, it should be noted that the full title of this book is Fake Mustache, or How Jodie O’Rodeo and Her Wonder Horse (and Some Nerdy Kid) Saved the U.S. Presidential Election From a Mad Genius Criminal Mastermind. Which is kind of a one-sentence summary itself.

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Summer reading post

We’ve been out of school for four-and-a-half days. How many books have you read?

I’ve read 5, if you don’t count picture books with my son and daughter. That’s more than a book a day!

If you count picture books, I’ve read 26. That’s more than 5 books a day!

I love summer.

This post is for letting us know which great books you’ve devoured over the summer. I’ll keep you updated here, and I’d love to know what you’re enjoying!

Keep reading!

Applewhites and Aliens


MAY 31!



Cover © HarperCollins

Cover © Disney-Hyperion

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