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Air Disaster Volume 1 by by Macarthur Job and Matthew Tesch
Astonishing Splashes of Colour by Clare Morrall
A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar
Big Work Machines by Patricia Relf
The Blue Day Book by Bradley Trevor Greive
Dame Edna Everage by John Lahr
A Day in the Jungle by Pat Patterson
The Dead Zone by Stephen King
Divided by a Common Language by Christopher Davies
Follow the Zookeeper by Patricia Relf
The Golden Fury by Marian Castle
Hide-and-Seek Duck by Cyndy Szekeres
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
How Things Grow by Nancy Buss
I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
I Spy Mystery by Jean Marzollo
Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime by Barbara Park
The Kraken Wakes by John Wyndham
Marine Aquariums by Warren E. Burgess
Melanie Mouse's Moving Day by Cyndy Szekeres
Morris and Boris at the Circus by B. Wiseman
My Very First Book of Shapes by Eric Carle
One Fine Day by James Marshall
A Parrot in the Pepper Tree by Chris Stewart
So You Want to be a Wizard by Diane Duane
Storage by Jennifer Lisle
Tiger with Wings by Barbara Esbensen
Trains by Byron Barton
Uncle Elephant by Arnold Lobel

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Comments for Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime

Mushy Gushy ValentimeJunie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime: 11/03/06

Sometimes books just find me. It seems that the books that find me end up being the most enjoyable reads. My most recent read of a book like this is Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime by Barbara Park. This one is a book that Sean picked out at the last BookCrossing meeting by pulling it off the Dublin Friends of the Library shelf.

The title and the cover illustration told me it would be a quick read but I had the feeling I wouldn't enjoy it. It just seemed too cute. I decided to give it a read when I was stuck on a much harder book and needed a little fluff for my brain. By the bottom of the first page, I was in love with the book: "A 'nouncement is the school word for listen to me... and I MEAN it."

Barbara Park clearly understands how kids that age (four to six) think. So many of things that Junie B. says and thinks are things that could have come out of Sean's mouth or the mouths of his friends. I was laughing on almost every page.

Here is my BookCrossing review:

As a parent of a child who is almost ready for kindergarten, I found this book about a Valentine's Day party very funny. Junie B's narration with all of the types of mistakes I've heard my son and his friends make made me laugh. The teacher's exasperation at some of the children's antics rings true too.

Fall is Here

Most of the trees around our complex are evergreens so from most locations it is hard to judge the seasons with an untrained eye. There is one exception, the Japanese plum three behind our patio. It is the first sign of fall and the first sign of spring. Right now the leaves are turning brown and beginning to fall. Come February or March the buds will explode from the bare branches, turning the tree into a giant white puff ball. The crows that have been absent since the last of the fruit fell in July are back. They are harvesting the smallest branches for their nests. By December we will have lost our shade completely until new leaves come in at March or April.

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