(the STARS ***** = Nino’s rating)

August 2014

Fix-It Duck by Jez Alborough *****

I loved it because it was funny and he didn’t fix anything.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins * audio book read by Nick Sullivan

I didn’t like it because they were penguins and I didn’t like Mr. Popper’s voice.

Hooray for Bread by Allan Ahlberg *****

I liked this book because there was a mouse like in Stuart Little. There was bread but it was kinda like a poem.

The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman ***** (keeper)

I liked this book because the pencil drew a paintbrush and then the paintbrush painted. So the pencil drew the stuff then the paintbrush painted them to look like sky and clouds and people and shoes and stores and buildings and houses and parks, but then the people got angry at the pencil because they didn’t like what they had. So the pencil drew an eraser and he erased everything the people didn’t like, but then trouble! The eraser was erasing other things because he was excited. He erased everything until there was only the little pencil again and then the pencil drew a wall to stop him but the eraser rubbed it. The pencil drew a cage to keep the eraser in but the eraser rubbed it off again. And then the pencil drew another eraser and their names were Ronald and Rodney and you know what happened? They rubbed themselves out!! And then the pencil drew the paintbrush and the other things all over again. The paintbrush painted the pencil too. The end.

— at this point he didn’t want to do any more narrations for the rest of the books 😀 —

How My Library Grew by Dinah by Martha Alexander *****

Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman * (this has always been a hit and miss at our house)

Alice and Wonderland audio read by Donada Peters No Stars didn’t like it

Pancake Dreams by Ingmarie Ahvander No Stars

Milo’s Hat Trick by Jon Agee No Stars (this surprised me, the other kids loved this book)

My Friend Bear by Jez Alborough No Stars

He’s also been working on printing out Angry Birds coloring pages, but only to cut them out, color them a bit and “do battle” with them.

And working on A LOT of K’Nex models — he can pretty much assemble most of them on his own now. These are from the K’Nex Education Sets we got from the homeschool discount club.


I’m making him vestments he can wear when he “plays” with his Mass kit (which is lacking a couple of items 🙁 ) . Needs some more work though.

And still working on oral math — he still likes asking questions/ponders doubles, and sometimes gets the abacus to add up things, etc. Need to get him started on Singapore Math.

Read Charlotte’s Web and watched the movie (I would have preferred the animated one but it wasn’t available streaming).

Read Stuart Little and found the movie on Vimeo!! 🙂 *****

Reading Wizard of Oz right now on Kindle. (He gets impatient with me now and sometimes reads a chapter himself to get ahead, then asks me to read again where he left off.)

I borrowed a bunch of Cam Jansen books, and he read parts of them but didn’t want to finish them, and wasn’t interested enough to let me read them to him.

And he wants to study electronics, so I have to find books suited to his age for that.

14 August

My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee *****

To Catch the Moon *****
They accidentally took moon down to earth and when they woke up it was pale and ill. They had to bring it up after the sun was gone.

Dear Peter Rabbit by Alma Flor Ada ***
I didn’t like it because it was only letters and animals.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins *****
My favorite part was when she found the thief.

The Adventures of Bert by Allan Ahlberg and Raymond Briggs *****

Previously by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman *****

The Show-and-Tell Lion by Barbara Abercrombie and Lynne Avril Cravath *****

The Runaway Dinner by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman *****

Treasure Hunt by Allan Ahlberg and Gillian Tyler Zero Stars

The Baby in the Hat by Allan Ahlberg and Andre Amstutz *****

The Dragonfly Door by John Adams *****
It was about nymphs dying because they were becoming dragonflies.

Ordinary Oscar by Laura Adkins *****
I liked it because he saved his mother from shifting soil.

Geronimo Stilton: Cat and Mouse in a Haunted House *****

Cam Jansen: The School Play Mystery *****
I liked it because it was about a play of Abraham Lincoln.

Geronimo Stilton: The Enormouse Pearl Heist *****
I liked when he got sweaty because his air conditioner stopped working and it felt like the room got ten degrees hotter.

Geronimo Stilton: I’m Not a Supermouse *****
It was funny.

Cam Jansen: The Barking Treasure Mystery *****

(Something’s telling me he’s just saying “five stars” because he doesn’t feel like rating them anymore.)