One reason why little kids are awesome

Because they believe they can do anything.

How many times do you have a ‘wonder if I could..’ kind of moment and then you dismiss your idea because you just know that it wouldn’t work, you couldn’t actually do that thing you were just contemplating?

Little kids don’t do that, they don’t dismiss their own ideas. They think about what they want to do and then they get started on making it happen, sure it doesn’t always turn out exactly as planned and sometimes there are tears and/or parents cleaning up the mess, but they try. They have something that they want to do and they give it a go. You have to love that.

My smallest minion decided to write a book.

So she did.

Here it is 😀Image

What my kids are reading

Little One was very disappointed last week when she finally had to turn in the school library book she’d been checking out on an endless loop for the past month.

‘Fern the Green Fairy’  by Daisy Meadows is the first chapter book my first grader has actually obsessed over  (I’m so proud!) she wanted to read it even when she was clearly too tired to function (we’ve all been there, right book lovers?) We didn’t actually get to the end of the story, because she kept rereading her favorite pages so I may have to go book shopping and buy her her very own copy, perhaps the entire Rainbow Fairy set. http://www.rainbowmagiconline.com/books/books_rainbow.html

The Boy had been reading ‘A Boy at War’ by Harry Mazer for his class book club. (I applaud the teacher for trying. I also shake my head and sigh in a knowing kind of way.)  My son was semi-interested in this dramatic tale of the attack on Pearl Harbor as witnessed by a 14 year old boy. As soon as discussion of plot and theme came up, my boy drifted away. He did like me reading with him, I did not like the mention of burned people, the be-a-man’s-man vibe or having to read the American word ‘fanny’ because for Brits it has a different meaning

I bought my son  ‘My Life as a Stuntboy’ by Janet Tashjian in an attempt to reignite the reading spark.

My newly minted teenaged daughter (oh god, I have a teenager? Great googly moogly! and Holy shit Batman!)  is now reading ‘It’s Kind of a Funny Story’ by Ned Vizzini which has a really cool cover and is the story of Craig, a really smart New York City teen who cracks under the pressure of keeping up with the other geniuses at his snazzy new school and tries to kill himself. Craig ends up in the mental hospital where he makes some interesting new friends. I haven’t read this one, but my kid is enjoying it and from other reviews I think it looks good.

My teen (gulp!) also recently devoured ‘Out of My Mind’ by Sharon M.Draper, the story of an 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who cannot walk or talk, but who’s smarter than anyone around her realizes. Melody is determined to make herself known, to overcome her limitations and communicate with the people around her. My kid liked this one so much she had to come tell me about parts of it, I need to add this title to me ‘to-read-once-I’ve-stolen-it-from-my-kid pile.’

 

 

 

A review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

My book club picked Gone Girl for our May/June read and impatient reader that I am, I downloaded it onto my Kindle as soon as I got home and I started to read.

Gone Girl is about Amy –  a city girl, only child of older parents who authored a series of books featuring ‘Amazing Amy’ the more perfect version of their actual daughter and Nick – the boy from a tiny blip town in Missouri, who thought he’d made it big as a writer in New York City and then lost his job and had to return to his nowhere town full of anger and regret.

Amy and Nick have been married for five years, but they have not been five happy years. On the morning of their fifth anniversary Amy goes missing, and Nick is the prime suspect.

As the story unfolds we get glimpses into the past from both Nick (his memories) and Amy (her diary.) We track their lives together up until the day Amy disappears and chase after Nick as he tries to move forward from that moment, and we soon realize there are two very different stories here – the one presented to the world, where Nick and Amy met and made each other so happy, they got married and had the perfect life until the recession, job loses and family illness began to strain and damage their relationship – and then there’s the other story where we see the sides of Nick and Amy that they usually keep hidden from the world, where we realize that both MC’s are liars and the marriage was not perfect at all.

I don’t want to give anything away, spoilers suck, so here’s a few notes on what I liked and did not like about Gone Girl.

Like: billed as a thriller with an unexpected twist, yes there are a couple of twists and some will surprise you even though everyone expects there to be twists these days.

Dislike: there are no likeable characters. Seriously, I would have been okay with every single person in the book ending up dead.

Like: Fast paced and easy to read, you can totally get through this in one sitting if you have a couple free hours. I read this in three evenings, and after weeks of Game of Thrones book three, that felt sooooooo good.

Dislike: The ending was a big disappointment. It just went on too long. The twists happen, we figure out the ‘real’ story etc, and then it keeps going, and then there’s another bit, and a couple more pages of blah, blah blah.

Like: The nasty bits were quite original, not just the usual run of the mill stuff,cliche, everyone has already done that rubbish,  actually new-to-me stuff 🙂

Dislike: I felt like there was something hinted at that was then forgotten/edited out. One particular character pops up a couple of times, some incidents that made me think this character would eventually come through with a piece of the puzzle, but that doesn’t happen. He’s there a couple times, and then he’s never mentioned again.. making his appearances seem pointless and irritating.

Overall I give Gone Girl 3/5 stars. It’s a unique story that definitely makes you want to get to the end so you know what happened, but the characters will make your skin crawl.

Tales of a Reluctant Reader

I’ve mentioned before that my son, aka The Boy, is not overly fond of reading. He needs to be prompted, prodded, reminded, and reminded again.

So last night when I asked him to get started on his homework and he brought out his class book club packet, my heart sank ever so slightly and a reading fairy took off her wings and grabbed her corkscrew.

He looked over his worksheet and asked me what plot meant.

I explained the definition of plot and he sank to the floor… literally. Metaphorically he dissolved into a puddle of sadness. Now, I know my boy likes to keep his written answers to one or two words, but still this seemed like an over reaction. Why would having to write out the plot be such a big deal?

I looked at the slim chapter book and asked the million dollar question.

Have you read the book?

“No.”

Reading fairy forgoes the glass and slugs her wine straight from the bottle.