Gettin’ the Kid to Read

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.

My suspensions are that 1. the blue house reminds her of our blue house and 2. it looks a little scary. She’s a sucker for ghosts.

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”

If anyone is interested in more go here: Amazon
or the author’s site

I think I might like to read: Shall I Knit You a Hat? A delightful tale of holiday giving. 🙂



Filed under Family, Reading

4 responses to “Gettin’ the Kid to Read

  1. That looks cute! How long is it? My son loves reading. 🙂

  2. I think I’m enjoying it as much as she is. The author has added a lot of fun in this story by using some pretty creative names such as I.B. Grumply and Paige Turner… and the layout of the entire book is different from most… It’s just a fun book! I think there are about 150 pages or so.. most of the words are pretty simple, but there are a few bigger words spread out here and there. Hope your son likes it!

    Thanks for stopping by!!!

  3. Goose sounds like Son #2 (the teacher). He kept telling me he didn’t like to read. I kept telling him, that everyone likes to read, they just have to find the right books to read for them! We finally found some historical, hunting, fishing and some westerns that got him hooked. The only problem? They weren’t on the AR list. They were allowed to do a short book report if it wasn’t and then they switched to it had to be on the AR list. He didn’t get as good a grade in reading then, but I didn’t care, because he was reading and learning to love reading.

  4. In the 1st grade Goose was in the 97 percentile in reading. I was so pleased!! The 2nd grade was a different story. Her teacher was a “loving” teacher.. you know, love them to death regardless of how well they perform. She’s an awesome lady, but not right for Goose’s personality. She needs someone with a whip and pitchfork :). In that year, she dropped to the 50 percentile. Just like that. We’ve struggled ever since. Well, that is until about a week ago. Now they say she’s reading on a 6th grade level.. she’s in the 4th. Who knows???? Now, I’m trying to find books that are age appropriate that will still provide enough points so that we’re not reading 20 books in one 6 weeks. It’s tougher than you’d think. Too much boy/girl relationship stuff.. and listen to this, one talked about a young girl living with her gay father and his “eccentric friends”… Ummm, NO. It’s always something.

    I can’t wait to see your little notebook. I’m such a fool for those. I might make one myself. I’m particularly fond of the first link a gave you.. with the zigzag thru it. So very cute!!

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