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review 2018-09-11 00:40
Unconventionally Honest
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - Mark Manson

I recently finished listening to "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" in audible. I used to listen to a little while of it whenever I walked my dog, and it took me quite a long time to get to the end. 


I found this book to be very fun to hear. It has many interesting ideas and views that actually make you reflect for a while on how you see the world, in a hilarious but honest way. Some of the main focuses are how you choose your values (how you measure yourself and your success) and, well, how you choose what to give a f*ck about. Mark Manson's narrative voice kept me engaged at all times, as he did not leave his ideas in just theory, but used anecdotes (many times funny, many times painfully honest) and examples to help explain his point. I personally loved all the historic figures and various people he mentioned to illustrate his ideas. Reading or listening to a narrator who was not afraid to curse or to laugh at himself was very refreshing, and in my opinion this was a great companion for my walks.


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review 2018-09-09 19:57
Sideways Stories From Wayside School - Louis Sachar,Adam McCauley

Wayside School was supposed to have 30 classrooms all next to each other on lone level, but in an architectural accident it was built sideways instead. Now 30 stories high with classrooms one on top of another hilarious stories begin to emerge. 


Along the way we meet Mrs. Gorf the meanest teacher of all and Todd who always gets sent home early. John who can only read upside down and more kids from this crazy mixed up school. 


A great independent reader for students. Students can practice their predicting skills as they try and figure out what will happen to Wayside next. Then they can try and create their own sideways story to include or illustrate what they think Wayside looks like. 


Lexile: 460L

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review 2018-09-09 18:58
Diary of a Wombat - Jackie French,Bruce Whatley

Read along as a wombat takes us on a journey of her week - digging holes, sleeping, eating, and training the new neighbors. Wombats can get into lots of trouble during the course of a week.


Students will laugh as the wombat wreaks havoc. After reading students can write their own animal diaries and come up with fun scenarios for their animals to be in. 


Lexile: 390L

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review 2018-09-09 18:42
There's a Giraffe in My Soup - Ross Burach,Ross Burach

What would happen if a zoo and a restaurant got their deliveries mixed up?


A giraffe in your soup. An alligator in your entree. An elephant on your table. Hilarity ensues at a restaurant where every dish seems to have a visitor along for the ride. Students will be giggling as they read through all the animal puns and illustrations. 


A great creative writing activity for students as they try to think about how they would react to a giraffe in their soup.


Lexile: AD380L

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review 2018-09-09 18:35
Thelma the Unicorn - Aaron Blabey

Thelma dreams of being special. She wishes to be a unicorn and one day she gets her wish. Covered in pink paint and glitter with a carrot for horn, Thelma's simple life is thrust into the spotlight as she is transformed into a unicorn. At first she loves the attention of being famous, but soon the glamour begins to fade. Thelma misses her old life and just wants to go back to her friends in the field. What will Thelma do?


A great read-aloud for kindergarteners and a useful text for students to start predicting.

Lexile: AD520L

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