Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Children's Book Ideas?

I will be the "mystery reader" for my daughter's third-grade class on Friday. I need to pick a book. I'm leaning strongly toward Neil Gaiman's The Wolves in the Walls, but I could face angry phone calls from parents whose children experienced horrible nightmares following my visit. Do you have any picture book recommendations for the third-grade crowd (8 yrs)?

Ideally the book will be not so well-known. I won't react well to the know-it-all heckler in the back of the room who constantly tells the class "I know this book. I know what happens."

Sorry, not so much a diabetes post.

Diabetes blows! How about that!

14 Comments:

At 11:59 AM, Blogger Shannon said...

The Wolves in the Walls will be tops on Jessica's Christmas list. She loves scary stuff like that.

What about:

"Where the Sidewalk Ends"

"Daddy Likes to Play Dress Up...in Mommy's Clothes" (just kidding on that one).

or go here for more ideas:

www.kidsreads.com/lists/int-classic.asp

 
At 7:00 PM, Blogger Chris said...

My Top 3 of all time:

1. "Cindy was so bad her parents stopped loving her"
2. "Your nightmares are real"
3 One that has really caught on here in Canada "Your Dad's new wife Robert"

So now i do not wonder why anymore why my parents discouraged reading in our house.

A bonus one (i got for Emma this Chirstmas)..."Bi-Curious George"

Goodluck!

 
At 7:58 PM, Blogger Rachel... said...

Just pickin' an oldie but goodie:

Where The Wild Things Are

(Is 8 too old for that? I don't know anymore thanks to all-but-grown-up niece and nephew.)

 
At 5:16 AM, Blogger Vivian said...

Carey, my suggestion is to not take ANY of the suggestions Chris offered up. LOL You guys are way to funny, are you sure you are not brothers?

 
At 6:34 AM, Blogger Carey said...

Vivian: Come to think of it, there was that guy my mother went out with a couple of times about 36 years ago who just sat around watching hockey and eating donuts dipped in Labatt Blue beer.

Shannon: Wolves in the Walls is really great. She'll love it. I did once wear Susanne's undies to work. They were a little snug.

Chris: I can't compete with you. Ha! Bi-curious George. That's the best book ever! Wouldn't be much of a stretch for the man in the yellow hat to comply. I want that book. Those are all classics.

Rachel: Thank you! Thank you! At least one person has taken my request seriously [dirty look shot to Shannon and Chris]. That is a great one, but I fear being heckled by a snot-nosed kid.

 
At 6:49 AM, Blogger Shannon said...

Tell the heckler to cram it. That should shut him/her up.

 
At 8:47 AM, Blogger anonlurkermom said...

My recommendation is A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon. One year, this was my go to gift book for K-4 and everyone loved it. Great illustrations, great message! Have fun.

 
At 12:25 PM, Blogger Karen Buist said...

Hi Carey,
My recommendation would be Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt. It's about 40 pages, with great illustrations, and my best friends 7 and 8 year olds love it!
http://www.amazon.com/Scaredy-Squirrel-Melanie-Watt/dp/1553379594/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1196972336&sr=1-1
Enjoy!

 
At 12:45 PM, Blogger Carey said...

Thanks very much lurkermom and karen. I'll definitely check those out. Bad Case of Stripes sounds familiar.

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger Shannon said...

What book did you pick to read?

And, more importantly, were you heckled at all?

 
At 8:13 PM, Blogger Carey said...

Shannon: I did go with The Wolves in the Walls and received an ovation like a rock star. I wasn't heckled. Perhaps because their mouths were frozen with fear.

I did get the one charming kid who greeted me like this:

And you are whose father?
And you work where?
And it's a company that does what exactly?

A real charmer.

 
At 7:28 AM, Blogger Shannon said...

That's got a Kindergarten Cop vibe to it. Love it.

Pretentious kids are awesome.

 
At 9:22 AM, Blogger k2 said...

OK - I'm showing my age here, but how about "Freckle Juice" by Judy Bloom.

There's also a book about a Farting Dog that's pretty damn funny. It's called "Walter The Farting Dog."

I saw it in a book store in Maryland a few years ago and took a quick read. I laughed out loud.

Great blog by the way! I'm glad I got the chance to check it out!

Kelly Kunik

 
At 6:34 PM, Blogger Emma said...

how about A Handful Of Time by: Kit Pearson great book

 

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