Sunday, November 21, 2010

Books of the Week – November 21, 2010

Here are our favorites from the past week:

Tintin, age 7

Magic Trixie; Magic Trixie Sleeps Over
Author/illustrator: Jill Thompson

Magic Trixie and Magic Trixie Sleeps Over are the first two books in the Magic Trixie series (the third is Magic Trixie and the Dragon). In Magic Trixie, the title character becomes jealous of her baby sister, who gets to do things her big sister isn't allowed to do, like look at the pictures in the big spell book and ride on the big broomstick because it calms her down. In the second book Magic Trixie tires of her bedtime routine and decides to sleep over at her friends' houses instead. Her friends, by the way, are all monsters, werewolves and vampires. At the end of each book, Magic Trixie realizes she has it much better than she thought. Tintin devoured these books, both because of the stories and the colorful pictures.
The 3-2-3 Detective Agency
Author/illustrator: Fiona Robinson

Five animals meet and become friends on the 3:23 train to the big city after leaving their old lives behind and decide to form a detective agency. Together they try to find out why the animals of Whiska City are disappearing. Like Magic Trixie, this is another colorful graphic novel perfect for second graders. Tintin was really hoping this was a series but, alas, it is not (not yet, anyway).

Johnny Boo, age 4

Ivy and Bean
Author/illustrator: Annie Barrows & Sophie Blackall

This is the first of seven books about two seven-year-old girls who become friends even though they don't think they have anything in common. Bean is a tomboy who likes to sneak into her neighbors' yards and Ivy spends her time reading a huge book (which turns out to be a spell book). They bond when Ivy helps  Bean escape from her older sister and they cast a spell on her. Johnny Boo saw this book at the library and without even looking inside begged for it. We've read it two times so far and now when I ask him what he wants for his birthday, he says, "I want all of the Ivy and Bean books."

Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
Illustrator: Hilda Offen

Mostly, Johnny Boo likes this book because it has, according to Johnny Boo, "all of the Wiggles songs in it" (although I'm pretty sure Mother Goose came first). Of course, it doesn't have all of the Wiggles songs in it, but Johnny Boo has been pretending it does anyway. I've seen this book left open on various floors throughout the house for the past few days.

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Julie P. said...

I agree! I love the Ivy and Bean books. They are so fun!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Thanks for joining WMCIR! I have to check Ivy and Bean out - sounds very interesting!

The1stdaughter said...

I recently reviewed the latest book in the Ivy and Bean collection. I absolutely adored it! It was my first chance to read any of the series and now I can hardly resist buying the whole set it was that good. I can see why he'd want the set for his birthday. So so good!