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Children’s Book Review – Shark vs. Train

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Jude’s godmother, a childhood friend of mine (Trisha you’re awesome!), is forever sending the most awesome care packages for the kids. In all seriousness she is one of the most thoughtful people that I have ever known.

A couple of years ago she sent this book for the boys, Shark vs. Train. We’ve read it dozens of times, but hadn’t touched it in months. Yesterday the boys rediscovered it, and wow we read it over and over.

Shark vs. Train starts out with two little boys (who look strikingly like Yeats and Jude) running for the toy box, where they pull out a train and a shark. The book is then the story of what happens when a shark and a train compete in various tasks, from selling lemonade to trick or treating to playing basketball to jumping cars Evil Kenevil style.

The pictures are just wonderful, incredibly detailed and just cartoonish enough to really appeal to a 4-7 year old. There are enough surprises in the details to keep us looking closely with every reading. The book is written with some tongue and cheek style to engage the parents as well as the children, which is wonderful considering we tend to read our favorite books several times a day.

One of the best parts of the book is that the boys go to replay the story! Immediately Jude ran to his room to grab his shark and the train. Then they played in the living room with them for the longest time. I love books that inspire play and especially creative play, which is a super aspect of this one.

We read a LOT of books in our house. Some become staples and favorites, others we only read once. Shark vs. Train is one that we come back to again and again.

Click on the picture below for a link to where to buy this great book for a kid in your life! Or go check out your local library.

Shark vs. Train

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A little Monday fun with The Miserables

Our family are HUGE Les Miserables fans. Seriously, we took our boys to see the movie in the theatre in December. Yes, that’s right, a four year old and a six year old for three hours in a movie theatre watching a musical based on a Victor Hugo novel. They were perfectly well behaved and wonderful, completely engrossed in the film. Jude only had to be taken to the bathroom twice and didn’t have an accident!

My husband and I are so enthralled with this musical, it never occurred to us that it might not be just a super happy experience to share with them. Of course we both forgot until we got into the movie that the show is called “the Miserables.” The boys seemed rather shell shocked coming out of the theatre. I mean (SPOILER ALERT), everyone dies.

However we are rather insistent parents, so we bought the soundtrack and insisted that we listen to it on loop for a six hour car trip shortly thereafter. Yeats is now obsessed with the music! He does yell at us if we start to sing “Master of the House,” as it’s about bad people. But the rest of our mad singing of these show tunes he rather seems to enjoy. He often asks to listen to it! Ah, another Victor Hugo fan in the family.

Once upon a time about a decade ago, I never missed the Oscars. Now I can’t remember the last time I watched. BUT I had heard that Les Mis was up for a bunch. So tonight I took a few minutes out of working on some schoolwork (Virgil decided to have a screaming contest with himself and utterly broke my focus) so I took a few minutes to see how the movie fared.

To my surprise they did a full cast performance during the Oscars! Of my husband’s favorite song no less. (My favorite song from the show is “I Dreamed a Dream,” his is “One Day More.”) So here’s the video of last nights performance. LOVE IT!! Yay!!

Les Miserables Oscars 2013 Performance by HughJackMania

Now back to my schoolwork. This assignment is due by midnight.

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