Monday, June 22, 2009

Battling the Summer Slump

As I write this, a mountain of unread books and magazines taunts me. I want nothing more than to be reading them, but I haven’t had the time. I look forward to my summer vacations to catch up on my reading. Wouldn’t it be great if our kids felt that way, too?

The thing about my reading mountain is that it’s all stuff that I’m interested in – action, adventure, and comedy. Help steer your children toward books they will enjoy. Two of my favorite book series – Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey, and Babymouse, by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm – are proof positive that reading can be hilarious and fun.

If you don’t already know the
comic mastery of Captain Underpants, you should. In the first book, The Adventures of Captain Underpants, fourth graders George Beard and Harold Hutchins buy a 3-D Hypno-Ring, which they use to turn Principal Krupp into an undergarment-sporting superhero. Together George, Harold, and Captain Underpants thwart the evil plots of Dr. Diaper, Professor Poopypants, the Bionic Booger Boy, and more.

Babymouse is a fantastic heroine created by a brother and sister team, Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. The first book in the series, Babymouse: Queen of the World, starts off with a basic schoolgirl premise: Babymouse wants to be invited to the party of popular Felicia Furrypaws. From there, the story takes fantastic twists and turns as Babymouse pictures herself battling a giant squid, commanding a spacecraft, and riding through the Old West. It’s anything but what you’d expect, and a total delight to read.

Stayed tuned for more summer reading picks in the weeks ahead!


Russell Ginns said...

A brief survey of my community suggests that FASHION KITTY should rank among this fine reading list.

Jessica said...

My oldest boy loves Captain Underpants and both boys adore Baby Mouse. We are counting down the days until the new one comes out and are already arguing about who will get to read it first. At first they were hesitant to read them because they were pink, but after watching me read them and laugh over them, they couldn't resist.