Monday, June 15, 2009
The Winner of Annette Lyon's book is....
Thank you everyone who entered the drawing. I was so pleased at the response I received. It is great to have new followers join me here at my blog. I hope that you will continue sharing with your friends and family about me here at "Why Not Because I Said So".
Now to the winner..... Congratulations Connie Hall !!!
I will let Annette Lyon know that you are the winner so she can sign your book before it is sent to you. Please send me an e-mail at email@example.com with your address. Your copy of "There, Their, They're: A No-Tears Guide to Grammar From the Word Nerd"will be on it's way soon. Hopefully I will be having another give away soon. If there is any author out there, that would like their book featured in a giveaway here at my blog, please let me know. I would be happy to promote your book here at my site.
One last thing I wanted to share with you today. I have noticed several books that kids at my school are reading and enjoying. The one that has been read the most recently in my class is the
"Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. The boys in my 2nd grade classroom can not get enough of these books. They are choosing to read these books together when they get free time. They can play learning games, do art etc. They are choosing to spend their time sharing their favorite parts of these books with their friends.
Here is a wonderful review I found by Kim Dare, for The School Library Journal:
From School Library Journal Grade 5–8—Greg Heffley has actually been on the scene for more than two years. Created by an online game developer, he has starred in a Web book of the same name on www.funbrain.com since May 2004. This print version is just as engaging. Kinney does a masterful job of making the mundane life of boys on the brink of adolescence hilarious. Greg is a conflicted soul: he wants to do the right thing, but the constant quest for status and girls seems to undermine his every effort. His attempts to prove his worthiness in the popularity race (he estimates he's currently ranked 52nd or 53rd) are constantly foiled by well-meaning parents, a younger and older brother, and nerdy friends. While Greg is not the most principled protagonist, it is his very obliviousness to his faults that makes him such an appealing hero. Kinney's background as a cartoonist is apparent in this hybrid book that falls somewhere between traditional prose and graphic novel. It offers some of the same adventures as the Web book, but there are enough new subplots to entertain Funbrain followers. This version is more pared down, and the pace moves quickly. The first of three installments, it is an excellent choice for reluctant readers, but more experienced readers will also find much to enjoy and relate to in one seventh grader's view of the everyday trials and tribulations of middle school.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
I know it says it is recommended for 5th-8th graders, but I have several advanced readers that love this series. If you have a boy who likes to read, check these out at the library or purchase at local book stores or Amazon.com. I think that even girls would enjoy these books, I just have not seen any in my class reading them yet. Let me know if you have a girl who has read and enjoyed them.