Friday, July 8, 2011

Summer Read

We reached the suspenseful chapters in this book last night and couldn't put it down!  We took turns reading a chapter aloud.  Max was so excited to find out what was happening that he was skipping words, but I called him on it!  Reading aloud is a good thing for kids to get accustomed to, I think.

Here's the book:

Hooray for Marvin the beetle!  He lives under the Pompaday's kitchen sink in their New York apartment with his supportive and extended family of beetles.  The beetles, unbeknownst to the Pompadays, are very involved with the humans living in the apartment, one in particular - the oldest son, James.  James and Marvin form a charming friendship based on Marvin's incredible ability to draw with ink.  Together they learn about the Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and, unfortunately, the underground world of art thieves.  It's a fun read and in bonus fashion, you'll learn a thing or two.  

I'm impressed with Marvin and his knack for caring about others, namely James.  Both Max and I are giving the book 5 stars!  A terrific book for the 9-12 year old.     


  1. Thanks for the great book recommendation. I have a 12 year old boy who does not read at level so this might be a good book for him to enjoy and not really struggle on. He loves bugs to so that might help too. :^) I see you have lots of book reviews I plan on going back and looking at them. I found you on a search for summer reading for boys. We have been going to to find books to either read a loud or listen to on CD. Thanks again for the book recommendation, off to reserve it at our library website.

    Lil' Momma
    Living with a hard working husband, 1 toddler, 1 preschooler and 1 middle schooler who are Five in Training for HIM

  2. Great!! Be sure to check out 'Honey for a Child's Heart' by Gladys Hunt. It's an excellent annotated book list for kids from birth up to about 14. I will check out, too. I love books and can't seem to get enough of them. Have fun hunting for literature for your kids - a good book is a grand thing! Thanks for the comment and I'm glad you are finding the reviews useful :)

    ~ Vicki


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