January has been the month of "recovering from Christmas!" What a month. I'd love to say that we're back in our normal routine BUT between illnesses and snow days that cancel school, it hasn't happened yet. Thank goodness we're a flexible group!
This month, instead of listing every book we read, I'm going to highlight several and leave it at that.
I wasn't wrong.
I finished the entire story, minus a few chapters in the middle because I was in a hurry more than anything else. I knew way too early in the story what was going to happen. Maybe not all of the exact details of how it would happen, but the what was not a mystery to me.
That part bummed me out.
I love it when a story holds me in its thrall all the way through -- thrall meaning that it keeps me curious to the very end. I finished more because the story was well done than that I was in thrall over it.
I haven't picked up the next books in the series. I do plan to read them, I'm simply not in a hurry.
My seven year old brings home a new Mo Willems book every week as her AR book. We read the book -- typically she reads it to me or her father, sometimes if the book is harder or longer, we will read it to her again. The next day she takes an AR test on it.
Mo Willems books can be long -- like up to 60 pages. But there isn't a lot of text to read on any one page. This makes the books fairly ideal for a beginning reader, like my first grader. Still, I was getting sick of them. I mentioned my growing distaste to the teacher. That kind, loving woman took my hand and said, "But she loves them."
I got it. Better for my child to love the books she is reading than for me to enjoy them (especially on the second or third time through). Most Mo Willems books are great to read. My aversion is typically because I'm also making dinner and dealing with a hunger induced meltdown by the 3-year old. I've found reading the book after we eat dinner makes it vastly more enjoyable.
Above are the 3 Mo Willems that we read this month, including the one sitting on my dining room table as I type. That's I Love My New Toy!, if you're interested.
Below is a link to Mo Willems' Amazon Author page. If you click that link, or any other link in this post, I earn a small amount from Amazon for recommending it to you.
That's the short list for January. I hope your January was amazing. Let me know what your favorite book to read in January was in the comments section. Thanks.