Goose is involved in the Accelerated Reading Program (AR) at school. Now, keep in mind that she would rather die than read a book. She is involved only because it is part of her reading grade every 6 weeks. She advanced to chapter books last year, and to this point we’ve been reading short, sequence books such as Junie B. Jones and Magic Treehouse. These have been fine but haven’t really captured her interest. But, a few weeks back Goose was drawn to this book.
She asked for the book and I bought it – anything to get this kid reading.
So, today we’re really enjoying:
43 Old Cemetery Road – Dying To Meet You
Author: Kate Klise
Illustrated by: M. Sarah Klise
The description reads:
“The best-selling author Ignatious B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road, hoping to find some peace and quite so that he can crack a wicked case of writer’s block.
But 43 Old Cemetery Road is ALREADY occupied – by an eleven-year-old boy named Seymour, his cat, Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive… and they have no intention of sharing!”
It’s a quirky little book, a fun-filled, ghostly story that’s laid out in comedic letters, emails, newspaper articles, and more. The storyline unfolds through short correspondences between characters, making it an easy read. In fact, correspondences are so short that suggesting to read an extra letter or email doesn’t seem out of the question .. unlike chapter books. And the illustrations are super-duper cute, which has Goose taking time to study them and add to her comprehension of the story. So far, so good! I’m hoping that she will be interested in reading this book’s sequel, “43 Old Cemetery Road – Over My Dead Body”
I think I might like to read: Shall I Knit You a Hat? A delightful tale of holiday giving. 🙂