This past month has been exciting for little man. He’s learning sight words at school and has really picked up on them. It makes me a little sad but SO proud to see how quickly he is picking them up. He’s reading fairly well too considering he just turned 5 (can you tell I’m a proud mama?!). He has also picked up my book addiction 😀 The school sent home a Scholastic Book Club order form. I made the mistake of giving him a pen and telling him to circle the books he’d like to read this summer….30 so books later, I narrowed his selection down to a couple of chapter books to read at night, some phonics books, and early readers. Hopefully he’s not too disappointed ?
We finished our library copy of The Wizard of Oz last week. I’m surprised at how much little man enjoyed it. In fact that was why I included a few chapter books in his order. He was telling his daddy (who just got home from a business trip) all about the wizard and how Dorothy melted the witch. It was amazing to me at how much he retained when I didn’t think he was paying attention. Now we’ve started one of my favorites Eric Knight’s Lassie Come-Home. We’re only about 4 chapters in but he seems to be enjoying it. He likes when I do the voices, which I’m sorry to say my British accent is terrible!!!!
I received this book via the publisher, Knopf Books for Young Readers. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.I Won a What? by Audrey Vernick
Illustrator: Robert Neubecker
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on 2016-04-12
Length: 40 pages
Reviewing Hardcover Rating:
The hilarious and heartwarming story of a boy who tries to win a goldfish and winds up with FAR more than he bargained for. Fans of Sparky will flip for this whale of a tale!
I have to win this goldfish.
My parents won’t let me have anything fluffy. Or shaggy. Or feathery. Or that eats mice.
But finally, tonight, they say I can keep anything I win at the goldfish booth.
And I win!
Just not a goldfish.
I Won a What? by Audrey Vernick is a fun story about a boy who wants a pet but his parents say no that is until he thinks he won a goldfish at the carnival. Instead he won Nuncio the whale. The boy learns how to care for his whale and make him an integral part of the family. As I said…cute and fun!
I personally have always loved picture books because images bring the story to life. Neubecker has done that with this book! I was astounded at the little details, like parents’ frustrations or the whale eating and there being leftovers in the pool. It’s these small details that my son picks out, asks questions about and while he is still learning to recognize words and read on his own, the pictures help him tell the story. I loved this because at five my son picks up this book and “reads” it to me….it’s possible he may already have it memorized. It’s become a quick favorite of ours 😀
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