Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Kids' Post Review of "No Talking"

I was excited to turn to the Kids' Post section of the Washington Post on Monday (March 24) and see a book review for "No Talking" by Andrew Clements, the book we will be reading for our May 1 book club meeting. Tracy Grant, who wrote the book review, says, "No Talking is Andrew Clement's most thought-provoking and innovative book since 1996's Frindle." Click here to link to the Washington Post article.

But I'm jumping ahead of myself just a bit. Right now I hope you are reading and enjoying our April book selection, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. We will meet for book club on Thursday, April 3, 7-8 pm.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

The Tale of Despereaux

Our book club selection for the month of April is a wonderful book by author Kate DiCamillo entitled, "The Tale of Despereaux." This book won the prestigious Newbery Award in 2004. It is a wonderful tale about a mouse named Despereaux Tilling, who is not like any mouse you've ever known. He is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro and a slow-witted serving girl named Miggery Sow. These three characters embark on a fantastic journey. I know you're going to love this book!

Just an explanation about the name "Despereaux" -- it is pronounced like this: Des-per-row. I often hear kids mispronounce this title because of the unusual spelling.

Have fun reading this month and I'll see you at our next book club meeting on Thursday, April, at 7 p.m.