Childrens Book Reading Extravaganza 2010: Novel #86
I have to admit that I feel i’ve cheated a bit with this list. You see, those two times I didn’t finish the book (despite trying pretty hard to get into it) made me feel pretty guilty. I am not a person who abandons books. I am a person who embraces books. Who reads during every spare moment. Who has multiple books going at the same time. I am a person who regularly reads at least two books while on a vacation.
I am a person with a baby.
So now, those multiple books I’ve got going? Let’s see…there’s Moo Baa La La La by the great Sandra Boynton, The Very Hungry Catepillar by the brilliant Eric Carle and, of course, Pat the Bunny in the name of always reading a classic.
Oh and like a zillion books on sleep habits.
Sounds like a literary party, no?
So, I did not read novel number 86. Recently. I did read it. And loved it. And highly recommend it to the two people on this planet who haven’t read it.
Yes friends, I speak of Harry Potter. Novel # 86 is Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
I read these early books as a young graduate student. Ah the good old days when all I had to do was go to class….and then wait tables until 3am. Maybe it wasn’t so fabulous.
Anyhow, I read most of this book
when I should have been finishing my reading for class whilst riding NYC transit to and from school. It was my first foray into reading children’s books in public and I went to great lengths to conceal the cover and title. I’m not sure what I thought was going to happen if someone saw me reading this particular book. After all, I was in a city that fully embraces public urination and boasts a Naked Cowboy with a guitar in Times Square.
These days I proudly show off my love for children’s books. (Read: I spend heinous amounts of money at Barnsey and am proud of it.).
Anyhow, you can probably guess by now that I’m not going to summarize this uber-popular text which is why I feel like I’m cheating a bit). I think these books are wonderful and can totally spark a Childs love of reading. I’m not sure they would make the best read alludes as they are fairly lengthy, but let me know if some of you out there have rocked this read aloud style. I will offer a word of caution though. My small fries were always jonesing to read impressive looking books. And by impressive, they meant thick and way above their independent level. Harry Potter books were of extreme temptation and I had a few kids even lug that sucker back and forth to school to “read” it. Couldn’t understand a damn thing that was happening but hey! Look at how many pages!
So while we want to encourage our friends to push themselves, we have to find a way to gently remind the. That actually understanding what we read, not just saying all the words, is our goal.
That’s all, my fellow book worms! Enjoy those weekends!