Ben Hatke

His blog isn’t WordPress but he is a fantastic author and illustrator. My house ages 7 to 50 and we adore his books and graphic novels.  From Zita to Little Robot.  Barnes and Noble lists both his author works and his illustration work.  The Etsy is empty at the moment; he will add things now and then – original pages and artwork.  They sell out quickly.  Feel free to click around.  Follow him EVERYWHERE! He is really close to 1000 on FB

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Dragons Love Tacos

I love reading with my son.  Today’s selection is Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri.

We checked out the book and the movie from our local library.

As a parent, this book is great for the beginning reader. The words are short and few per page and the story is engaging.  The illustrations are fun and full of little surprises when you examine them.  Funny titles to jars and books within the actual pictures. The movie has a read-a-long option where the words appear on the screen.  The movie is the pictures from the book slightly animated.  There is also an option to not have the words appear on screen.  We read the book 12 ways to Sunday, with and without the movie.  My son loved it more every time. Below is my budding 6 year old’s review – he spoke, I typed.

This book is wonderful.  They party and eat tacos together. The kid fills a boat and the whole entire house with tacos but buries the spicy salsa, no spicy anything.  There are a lot of dragons. It’s wonderful because the Dragons build a house for the kid.  ~Ian

Read to your children.  The love of books is one of the greatest gifts you can bestow.  If they have a book they will always have something to do.

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How many books to read in 2016

It is a new year and it is a new Goodreads challenge.  I started late in May last year and set a goal of 50.  I hit 35 books by year end.  Not sure how I hit 35.  This year I decided to start with the challenge of 20 books for the year.  Some of you avid readers will scoff at the puny number.  I figure, when I get close, I will up the ante.  I am reading using any and all media necessary – Audio, Digital and Physical and my library card is simply on fire!  I am telling you – a library card can save your purse!  My local library also has e-books that I can read on my Nook.  Love it!

As usual I have found two series to start my year with – the first being The Mortal Instruments.  I know, I am a bit behind and after the first book I must say the movie was dreadful.  Book 2 and 3 are currently en route to my library.  While I wait – I am listening to “Confessions of a Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella and I am reading “The Tennis Party” also by Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham.

I still go to the bookstore – But I usually end up scanning the bar codes into Goodreads and reserving them at the library!