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review 2018-09-09 22:51
Waiting Is Not Easy! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) - Mo Willems,Mo Willems

Brief Review:

Waiting is not easy is about an elephant who is talking to a pig. The pig tells the elephant that they have to wait for the surprise but throughout the book the elephant struggles with his patience of waiting for the surprise.

Idea of how it can be used in a classroom:

Waiting is not easy could be used to show the students that waiting is not an easy task at all and to help children learn patience. The teacher could have the students write about a time where they could not wait for something and then tell why it was or was not worth waiting for in the end. 

Reading Level & Leveling System:

Accelerated Reader


Lower Grades K-3

Book Rating:

I would rate this book a 4 because it does teach young children patience and its not a easy task to comprehend but the way the book is written it shows the elephants reactions and comments about waiting. This isn’t something young children are used to, so I think it’s a good thing for them to learn.

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text 2018-09-09 04:27
Random Reading Updates: The Big Over Easy
The Big Over Easy - Jasper Fforde

The Big Over Easy

by Jasper Fforde
Book 1 of Nursery Crimes

**Any subsequent updates I decide to make will be added to the top of each new re-post.**


Halloween Bingo 2018


Progress on 9/8/2018:  5 of 383 pages (1%)

Briggs drummed his fingers on the desk for a moment.

"Do you want to hear me play the trombone?"

"Might it be prejudicial to my career if I were to refuse?"

"It's a distinct possibility."

"Then I'd be delighted."

Okay, so call me immature, but for some reason, after reading this passage, the first thing I thought about was, "Wow, that escalated fast!"

Okay, so maybe my mind was in the gutter, and maybe I somehow connected trombone with some strange... euphemism... for other things.  After all, Mary Mary is interviewing for a new position with Briggs as her superior... and the whole trombone thing just kind of came out of nowhere.  O.o

Anyway, don't mind me.  Moving right along.

This is my first foray into Jasper Fforde, and I've heard and read a lot of great things about his Thursday Next books, of which are also on my TBR for some day.  So I'm kind of glad that this book was listed as an approved suggestion in the Halloween Bingo 2018 - Modern Noir reading list!  While I'm not very familiar with the 'noir' genre, I'm also not sure I was up for hardcore 'noir,' especially reading about what kinds of elements populate it.  And also because I might be remembering the chaos that was our 2017 Halloween Bingo buddy read for Classic Noir.

Anyway, off I go, starting a whole new book before finishing the other three!



Source: anicheungbookabyss.blogspot.com/2018/09/random-reading-updates-big-over-easy.html
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review 2018-09-03 20:23
Speak Easy, Speak Love - McKelle George




Speak Easy, Speak Love

McKelle George



Six teenagers’ lives intertwine during one thrilling summer full of romantic misunderstandings and dangerous deals in this sparkling retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.


After she gets kicked out of boarding school, seventeen-year-old Beatrice goes to her uncle’s estate on Long Island. But Hey Nonny Nonny is more than just a rundown old mansion. Beatrice’s cousin, Hero, runs a struggling speakeasy out of the basement—one that might not survive the summer. Along with Prince, a poor young man determined to prove his worth; his brother John, a dark and dangerous agent of the local mob; Benedick, a handsome trust-fund kid trying to become a writer; and Maggie, a beautiful and talented singer; Beatrice and Hero throw all their efforts into planning a massive party to save the speakeasy. Despite all their worries, the summer is beautiful, love is in the air, and Beatrice and Benedick are caught up in a romantic battle of wits that their friends might be quietly orchestrating in the background.






If my rating was solely based on the cover, this would easily be a Five-Star read.  Unfortunately, it can't be based solely on the cover.  I didn't know anything about Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing going into this, but I googled it and read a summary of it.  Basically, that just gave the underlying plot away...I'm not sure if it wise for me to have done that, though.  This was an adorably done and clever take on the era, with generally likable characters.  Although, it is possible she tried to work too many relevant elements from the 1920's into this one story.


Sadly, the writing was too difficult and disjointed for me to follow, especially with any kind of action depicted.  This slowed my reading time immensely and kept me from wanting to continue at times.  Despite all that, I did love the ending, when all the love matches came together and whatnot.











Plot~ 3.5/5

Main Characters~ 4/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 3.8/5

Pacing~ 2.7/5

Addictiveness~ 3/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4.3/5

Ending~ 4.2/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.


Book Cover~  It's so pretty…I quite love it.

Setting~ 1920's Long Island and surrounding New York area.

Source~ Kindle eBook (Library)



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review 2018-08-30 21:00
It's All Too Much
It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff - Peter Walsh

Peter Walsh is known for his organizational abilities and helping others to get organized. My husband, sil and I have been working on trying to clean out my fil's house. In that end, many things have been coming into my home and as the stuff comes in I have been feeling worse and worse and more and more despondent. It is taking up space and making me just want to keep all the stuff out of my house and get rid of it any way that we can. Peter made a point about how many people don't want the stuff that was their grands or great-grands and the stuff coming in is just too much (as the title states). We have things that we keep because we feel that we have to have it, but it sits in storage or in a cabinet gathering dust. (Boy that is the truth.) I went through a cupboard (of my own) and cleared out four bags of stuff. I look around the house and see things that are just dust collectors and start working on getting rid of it. I have books that I would gladly pass on to others, but for the moment, I am still homeschooling and they can be used for that. I am doing double duty on the stuff...getting rid of my own stuff that I don't want and the stuff that is coming from my fil's house. I highly recommend this book! 

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review 2018-08-21 23:22
Frog & Toad
Frog and Toad Are Friends - Arnold Lobel

Frog and Toad are the best of friends! They are clever, silly, and funny. This is an easy read for younger students. This book is at a first grade reading level in my opinion, but Fountas & Pinnell classify it as a K which is a level second-grade level. 

After reading this book, I think it would be a fun idea to teach students facts about frogs and toads! There are all kinds of crazy facts about amphibians. For instance, did you know, touching frogs or toads won't actually give you warts?! That's just a myth!

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