Thursday, February 13, 2014

Reed + Daddy's Book List


Reed and Ryan have entered the magical world of chapter books.

Honestly, I hadn't really thought about trying chapter books with the boys--the boys seemed too little to really get into a long book with no pictures. But Ryan thought Red would enjoy a chapter book, so they picked one of the Roald Dahl books out of our boxed set (best Costco purchase, ever) and started reading. Asher actually read with them during that first book. The boys enjoyed the book--and it even had pictures--so they decided to try another book. Their second book was Holes. Asher, turned off by the lack of pictures, decided to spend book time playing. I would feed Lila and put her down while Reed and Ryan read, then Ashie and I would read a few short storybooks together. Reed loved Holes and was so excited to find out there was even a Holes movie--we watched the movie for a family movie night the day after they finished the book. Reed has surprised me with his comprehension--he'll often bring up a part of the book they read a few days ago, and he usually gives me a recap of their nightly reading the next morning, sometimes quoting the book verbatim. Now they are on their third book--and I thought it might be a kind of fun to start keeping a list.

Without further rambling, here is Reed and Ryan's book list. I'll update this as they finish new books:

2013
1. George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl. The story line of this book is pretty funny and Reed pretty much giggled throughout.

2. The Tilting House by Tom Llwellyn. This book is full of secrets and is a little bit scary. Asher didn't love it (in fact, this is the last book he read with Ryan and Reed), but Reed enjoyed it.

2014
1. Holes by Louis Sachar. Reed was a little confused by the race relations touched on in the story, but loved the book. He got nervous during the scary parts and pumped during the happy parts.

2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. The movie version of the book was Reed's first non-animated movie--and he LOVED it. He's pretty excited about reading the book version. He really had a great time pointing out the differences in the movie to me while we watched!

3. The Twits by Roald Dahl. This book was a super quick read for Daddy and Reed--Reed told me, "We're just jammin' through it!" He repeated the book to me in detail and often giggled over parts as he re-told it!

4. The Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. Ryan wasn't as big a fan of this book, but Reed enjoyed it well enough. I asked him what his favorite part was and he said, "I don't know my favorite part, but like the cutest part was when all the animals dug a big hole and built their houses there so the farmers didn't get them." I'd have to concur.

5. The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl. Ryan described this one as "more page turning than reading"--the text is huge and there are pictures on every page! They chose the book, though, because it would be a quick tax time read. Reed's favorite part was when the "people turned into birds and the birds turned into people!"

6. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. I honestly was a little worried that this book would go a little over Reed's head; but Reed loved it! He listened "on the edge of his seat"--quite literally. He was happy during in the happy parts, nervous during the intense parts, and sad during the melancholic parts.

7. The River by Gary Paulsen. Reed enjoyed Hatchet so much that he and Ryan decided to read another book about Brian: The River. Reed said this was his favorite Gary Paulsen book because it was the "scariest."

8. Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen. Reed and Ryan just couldn't get enough of Gary Paulsen. Brian's Winter was another good read for them.

1 comment:

Mandi Rolfe said...

This is such a great tradition for Ryan and Reed to carry on. I'm impressed by Reed's level of comprehension! He will do very well in school if he has strong comprehension. :)