What’s The Eight-Year-Old reading this week?

Books4-17Our semi-weekly survey of the tidbits that cross The Eight-Year-Old’s desk. Caterpickles Central is all abuzz with news of the bobcat that caught a shark and the three new dwarf dragons discovered in South America. 

A sampling of this week’s books:

How to Draw Cats by Barbara Soloff Levy

Step by step instructions for drawing cats so simple even I can follow them.

Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder (Illustrated by Garth Williams) 

Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander (Illustrator: Wayne Geehan)

Another in the series of math adventures that The Eight-Year-Old enjoys re-reading on occasion. A magic potion has turned Sir Cumference into a fire-breathing dragon. To save him, Radius must discover which magic number is the same for all circles. 

In the news:

ICYMI: Bobcat dragging shark onto beach pic no hoax (Patch.com)
A hungry bobcat catches a small shark near Vero Beach, Florida. (Photo: John Bailey)

A hungry bobcat catches a small shark near Vero Beach, Florida. (Photo: John Bailey)

Last week, a bobcat went fishing at the Sebastian Inlet State Park and caught herself and her kittens a tasty shark for supper. Sadly for her kits, the bobcat dropped the shark after spotting John Bailey, the park visitor who took this amazing photograph. Mewls of protest were heard throughout Sebastian Inlet State Park and here in Caterpickles Central when we learned that the bobcat went home without her supper.

Colorful new dwarf dragons discovered (National Geographic)
Although we just got word on this new dragon species this week, this particular dragon lizard Enyalioides altotambo was actually discovered in 2005. (Photo: Pablo Venegas)

Although we just got word on this new dragon species this week, this particular dragon lizard Enyalioides altotambo was actually discovered in 2005. (Photo: Pablo Venegas)

Three new dwarf dragon species have been discovered in the wilds of Ecuador and Peru. Chances are they aren’t the only dwarf dragons out there. Although the lizards were originally discovered in 2005, political unrest in the region meant scientists had to wait nearly a decade to identify them. Names have now been assigned to each, however. Sadly, the names don’t include the word dragon. Instead, the new species have been classified as wood lizards: the Alto Tambo wood lizard (Enyalioides altotambo), rough-scaled wood lizard (E. anisolepis), and Rothschild’s wood lizard (E. sophiarothschildae), to be precise. The Eight-Year-Old is busily writing up a letter of complaint to the appropriate authorities.

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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