Childrens Book Reading Extravaganza 2010: Novel #91
Happy Friday, y’all! Although I hope that everyday feels like a Friday now that summer vacay has arrived!!!
(Is it sad that I still get so excited for summer vacation after all these years?)
I feel like this next title on our list may have been something I read over summer vacation about ten billion years ago when I was a wee child. It’s definitely one of those titles that children choose on their own as opposed to a more classic title that teachers and parents alike ooh and aah over (and then assign a book report about). (We’ll save my opinions on book reports for another day.)
Novel #91 is Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar.
This book has thirty some-odd short chapters, each about a different zany character at the school. (Did I just say “zany”?) (Am I turning into a “parent” who uses “out of date phrases”?) (Or perhaps I am becoming someone who misuses air quotes?) Anyhow, it starts off with a chapter about the class’ first teacher who turned naughty children into apples and while I admire a girlfriend’s ability to put rude children in their place, this portrayal of a teacher is a little too stereotypical for me. All teacher-who-actually-hates-children-and-any-item-of-clothing-that-is-remotely-fashionable. It’s a little much. However, I do think kids will find this book to be hilarious.
I kept trying to picture myself reading it out loud to my class and just couldn’t. Perhaps one of you out there, oh wonderful readers, can tell me I’m wrong? And while I can’t say that it would be the first book I’d recommend to a little friend, I also can’t say I would never recommend it at all. Anything to get them reading and loving it, right? I mean, at some point in the year I’m all, “read on a pillow, read on the floor, read a joke book, read the newspaper, read on your head for the love of God just get reading and LOVE IT!”
Maybe I was a bit more subtle and enthusiastic than that, but you get my point.
On with the list! Next up is #90, Sarah Plain and Tall…see you next Friday! Until then, enjoy the sunshine and the lack of an alarm clock!