Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie on the Road Review

Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie on the Road by Joel Stewart is a fun book to read.  I love books that make me smile and chuckle, and this is definitely one of them. I'm not sure what a Big Blue Beastie is , but regardless he seems like a good buddy.  Perhaps every boys needs a Big Blue Beastie to get into trouble with.  Because that is what happens in this story.  Not only can Dexter not sleep, but he feels the need to hoot.  My kids also seem to like to hoot right at bedtime.  In fact the mere mention of the word bed brings out the crazy in them.  … [Read more...]

Rearranging Toys

Do you have a toy that the kids just haven't' played with in quite some time?  I had a revelation the other day.  The play kitchen was downstairs with most all the other toys and nobody had touched it in months.  Okay that might be a slight exaggeration, but you get the point.  Anyway I decided on the spur of the moment to bring that puppy upstairs and into the kitchen.  Wham!  It is the "new" toy!  I've had countless picnics and feasts in the last couple of days and it doesn't show any sign of stopping.  Why didn't I think of this earlier?  As the … [Read more...]

Beowulf and the Dragon Review

My boys love Beowulf and the Dragon as retold by Tessa Potter.  Well obviously not the eleven month old, but the six and three year old are enraptured by this story.  But that shouldn't be surprising since people everywhere have been enjoying it for 1,200 years.  This isn't the whole story instead it focuses on Beowulf after Grendel and his mother have been defeated.  This is (as you can tell from the title) the story of Beowulf and the dragon who attacks his land.  The story is simplified and the language is modern.  The pictures feature swords and battle, but … [Read more...]