Sunday, December 11, 2011

Disappearing Desmond

Anna Alter has created a wonderful read with Disappearing Desmond. The cover does not give the story justice, as it is hard to tell who/what Desmond is and why he would be hiding (which is sort of the point).
Desmond usually disappears into the background at school, play, and recess. No one notices or invites him to play. Eventually, the new girl Gloria notices Desmond and invites him to play. From that day on, Desmond can't remember why he ever wanted to hide. 
Soon, Desmond begins noticing other students that are hiding and becomes a friend to them. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ferret Fun

I love this book! When I first read it, I wasn't sure that the format/topic would be one that would interest kids. However, after reading it for a second time, I noticed the humor in the book that I think kids and adults would enjoy. Fudge and Einstein are two ferrets who are used to relaxing in their hammocks and eating raisins. When Marvel the cat comes to visit, their day is turned upside-down. Marvel thinks they look a lot like rats (and she likes to eat rats).
Einstein and Fudge have to stand up to Marvel and soon they are all getting along together. Karen Rostoker-Gruber has written Ferret Fun with an embedded message that is not overt but enhances the story.