After Jenna learned to read, she was magnetized to Piggie and Gerald Books by Mo Willems. We read every single one. We would take turns voicing Piggie and Gerald and we would act out their characters. She enjoyed every minute.
She reads chapter books now but will still spend time in the children’s section of the library and take a huge stack of books that Mo Willems has written and ask me to read with her.
She doesn’t check them out anymore. We just read them at the library. Last night we had plenty of time. We had arrived at the library an hour and a half before the reading group would start. She had at least two Piggie and Gerald books that we had never read before.
Reading group was short. Ironically the book was long. The Book of Legends –which I have mentioned here. Part of the “Ever After High” series that I doubt I will continue reading.
The book started off interesting enough. It was fun. Clever language like “Castleteria” (cafeteria) and “hextbook” (textbook). Initially I had checked it out for three weeks, but was unable to renew it before the group met in October. So we went without for a couple of days before I could check it out again.
Somewhere after 100 pages or so, the chapters seemed to drag. I’m sure at least seven could have been cut out completely as they really had nothing to do with the story. In addition to Apple White (Snow White’s daughter) and Raven Queen (Evil Queen’s daughter), other fairytale characters were introduced: Cedar Wood (Pinocchio’s daughter) Cerise Hood (Riding Hood’s daughter) Ashlynn Ella (Cinderella’s daughter) until the names became so overwhelming that unless the last name was attached to the character (which it usually was not) the names just sort of blended in and it was hard to remember who they all belonged to.
I was on a mission to find out whether Raven would sign the book or not – hoping that she wouldn’t. But both Jenna and I had become bored with getting there. I wish I had skipped more chapters than I did. It would have made it more enjoyable. Last night we learned that there is also a cartoon and a line of dolls and an even bigger cast. The whole thing is just a little compelling.
The next book for us to read is Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. We won’t meet again until January – but as it’s a comic book, I would imagine we’ll be done before Thanksgiving.
I didn’t know it was a comic book. I would have had Roland take it with him this morning when he took her to the dentist. He LOVES comic books. He knows comic books (or graphic novel, I guess) I now know more about comic books than I had ever hoped for.
Comics can be fun. My favorite “comics” would be “Piggie and Gerald”