Tuesday, January 24, 2006

I know you all read everything in sight as kids, so...

I'm working on a more serious post (I read a blog somewhere in which she called her posts "columns" at the behest of her mom, which sounds much cooler and professional, as if I weren't sitting here with baby food on my sweater and a pretend cash register in my lap) on the meth crisis in Montana and other rural communities. But in the meantime, Madeleine and I just finished reading the 5th Indian in the Cupboard book last night, and I'm looking for a new series to start. Any suggestions? I'm thinking The Boxcar Children, but as I recall, they're like mysteries and may be a little scary for her. I tried the Junie B. Jones books, but they're too short, and Goddamn that Junie is annoying as hell! We've read Charlie and Choc and The Great Glass Elevator. I tried the Beverly Cleary series but it didn't catch her attention. So anyway, what do you think?

Then and now:

18 Comments:

Blogger V said...

Mine likes the Rainbow Fairies (Daisy Meadows). They're ok....for HER to read. I couldn't hack them if I was doing the reading. Did you do the Chronicles of Narnia?

1/24/2006 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

If she's really into ponies (as her shirt suggests), what about Marguerite Henry's books? Misty of Chincoteague, Sea Star, Stormy, Brighty, etc.... or The Black Stallion books (not as good as Henry's, but I did like them and it's a pretty long series.)

I have a ton more horsey books in my collection; if you're interested in that thread let me know and I can suggest some more titles.

1/24/2006 10:03 AM  
Blogger Arabella said...

Also Superfudge and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, both Judy Blume. I think there are others in the series now, too.

1/24/2006 10:06 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

Ooop, well two of my suggestions have been knocked out ^. All great books. Have you attempted the Harry Potter series. The Giver is a personal favorite. I also like other Roald Dahl (sp?) books, like Witches and The BFG.

1/24/2006 10:06 AM  
Blogger Mignon said...

I tried Judy Blume and Superfudge and she didn't like it (weird, huh? I loved them!). And I'm not a big fan of fantasy, and since I'm doing the reading I get to choose. ;)

Yes, I could get some more Roald Dahl, and ponies/horses books would be good. I remember that we read Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but I don't remember if it was scary. Was it?

1/24/2006 10:17 AM  
Blogger Anonymous Midwest Girl said...

The Boxcar ones are good...I remember from grade school reading a series called The Orphan Train, but I don't know if those are still around. I LOVE A Little Princess, so I'd highly recommend that as well.

1/24/2006 10:46 AM  
Anonymous TB said...

What about the Little House on the Prarie books? They might be a little old for her yet...
Hmmm, have you guys read Eloise or Ramona? Oh, also what about Stewart Little? I bet that would be perfect. Or The Secret Garden/A Little Princess any of those.

1/24/2006 10:46 AM  
Anonymous TB said...

Also, I love Madeline's t-shirt. Did she design it herself? And who put Quinn in the baby crib?

1/24/2006 10:50 AM  
Blogger Jaye Wells said...

My vote is for Ramona. Your post got me thinking about her exploits and her sister Beezus. Now I need to find those books and reread them myself.

1/24/2006 11:19 AM  
Blogger Mignon said...

I never thought of Little House on the Prairie. Is it all homemaker-y? Will I be able to stand it? I'm going to try Ramona again tonight - she wasn't really interested in Ribsy, but we'll see. We have all of the books (isn't my mom the best for saving them?), so if she likes them, we're set for ages.

I bought the shirt at Old Navy. It had "I LIKE" with a big packet of iron-on letters, so she got to pick the list. And apparently Quinn "just crawled in there all by himself." Seeing him struggle to get out somehow makes me doubt that. Plus he also had a bonnet on his head when I first walked in the room.

Wow, Anonymous. Are you a real person? That's a smokin' picture! Welcome!

1/24/2006 11:36 AM  
Blogger Mrs. Harridan said...

How about The Mouse and the Motorcycle? Kind of a nice gateway into the Beverly Cleary Experience for the younger set.

I think Ribsy might be too boy-focused. I bet Beezus and Ramona would do well.

1/24/2006 1:34 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Harridan said...

Or how about Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle? Though she's kind of annoying, too.

1/24/2006 1:37 PM  
Blogger Brooke said...

Encyclopedia Brown!

Ok, COMPLETELY dating myself there, but I loved them!

And it's my mom who calls them columns. She can't bring herself to use the word "blog". Cracks me up every time.

1/24/2006 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Heidi said...

James and the Giant Peach, also by Roald Dahl. Wonderful!

1/24/2006 2:58 PM  
Blogger mama_tulip said...

OMG! I loved Encyclopedia Brown. I also really liked the Anne of Green Gables series and The Chronicles of Narnia.

1/24/2006 4:17 PM  
Blogger wordgirl said...

Little House books are great. And they're not "homemakery" at all. Pioneer women did everything men did...and more. Laura Ingalls Wilder (I named our last son Wilder after her) is incredibly detailed. It's a wonderful nature study...but written from a kid's point of view. On the Banks of Plum Creek is fascinating because they lived in a dugout...a house literally scooped out of a hillside.

I love Encyclopedia Brown, too. The mystery part might be need explaining. Magic Treehouse? I'm a big Ramona person, too. I like Roald Dahl's other stuff. Hmmm. I'll have to think about this one.

1/24/2006 5:51 PM  
Blogger Arabella said...

Oh, and the Anastasia Krupnik books; they are wonderful. I think Lois Lowry wrote them. Madeleine might be a little too young for them right now, though.

1/24/2006 7:52 PM  
Blogger Mignon said...

Thanks everyone! I made a list of everything and we're going to the library this afternoon. Tiny has no problem nixing a book after the first chapter if she's not into it, so I think we'll get one of everything.

1/25/2006 7:55 AM  

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