1. Good Night Moon – I have it memorized so I let the baby to chew the book while I recite it to him.
2. Green Eggs and Ham – Would you like to read it? Would you like to read it in a box, with a fox wearing those ugly socks? Would you like it here, would you like it there? I am SO tired of reading it everywhere!
3. Super Fudge by Judy Blume. This is Blume’s sequel to Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Peter tells us about his younger brother Fudge, who apparently is the biggest pain ever invented. Moreover, Fudge is only five and knows where babies come from and he wants to be a bird when he grows up. (The kid has high expectations.) Apparently, Peter, a pre-teen, has just found his mother is pregnant yet again and probably carrying a duplicate version of Fudge. When Peter gets a new sister, he relieved but deals with a now jealous younger brother. In addition, his family moves to a new town. Poor Peter! Can things get any worse?
4. Guess How Much I Love You! By Sam McBratney. You know the one with the wee little rabbit that tells his daddy that he loves him as high as he can reach, as high as the trees, as high as the sky and as high with boredom and fatigue I get when I read this one.
5. Elmo Says. Who doesn’t love Elmo? You won’t love him when he makes up his own version of Simon Says. The first two reads are bearable but try reading it over and over several thousand times a week to a nine month old that starts to cry every time you try to catch your breath. But Elmo is adorable, you say? Elmo stops getting adorable the more times you hear “Elmo Loves You!” in your sleep.
6. My Teacher is an Alien. By Bruce Colville. Substitute teachers are weird without reading this book and now, my nine year old thinks any of one of his teachers could be an alien.
7. The Invisible Harry by Marthe Jocelyn. The moral of the story: never bring home a stray puppy after your mom has told you not to and that invisible may not really be invisible after all. At least, that is my son’s version.
8. Fudge-a-Mania by Judy Blume. (We just started this one.) Peter’s back with Fudge and his evil nemesis, Sheila and what’s worse is that they are all vacating together.
9. Timmy Turner, Action Hero (Fairly Oddparents Chapter Books) by Marc Cerasini. Not sure how I got conned into reading this one, a.k.a. listening my nine year old read to me and his baby brother. Our hero Timmy is back in yet another corny adventure with his fairy parents, Cosmo and Wanda. Timmy wishes he could play with his Crimson Chin doll one more time and makes a wish, granted by his fairy parents, to be the same size as the annoying doll.
10. You’re a Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren’t So Bad Either): 14 Secrets to Finding Happiness Between Super Mom and Slacker Mom by Jen Singer. This is probably the only grown-up book I have had a chance to read lately and I actually just finished it. Go me! The title says it all, but you have to read it or else you will continue to allow those kids to make you insane.
11. Even June Cleaver Would Forget the Juice Box: Cut Yourself Some Slack (and Still Raise Great Kids) in the Age of Extreme Parenting by Ann Dunnewold. I am just starting to read this one after purchasing it way back in January. Chapter 1 is appropriately titled (just for me) “Help! I can’t keep up with the Mommy Olympics!” And the answer to that is – who can! Well I have learned all I need to need from this one. Just kidding folks, I am going to read it and finish it no matter how long it takes and I will be sure to tell you all about it. Long overdue, but I will!
12. Constitutional Law by John E. Nowak. Why? You ask? Well, because I do not have a choice! It is part of the curriculum for the first course in my master’s degree in legal studies program. Yes, I finally went back and you know what I realized? I realized that it was a good thing I was born an American citizen because I would have never passed the citizenship test.
13. Here we are at no. 13 and the last response for my Thursday Thirteen and I am catching my breath. However, no. 13 is not a book. It is the latest WWE magazine with Dave Batista “The Animal” on the cover. I had to fight my son for it several times since it arrived so I ended up waiting until he was sleeping and stole it. I am a bad mommy! In my defense, that is what happens when you read numbers 1 – 9 over and over until you are blue in the face!
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