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

Lunchbox and the Aliens by Bryan W. Fields

lunchbox-and-aliensTucked in amongst all the Warriors books from The Nine-Year-Old’s babysitter was this surprising little gem by Bryan W. Fields. Lunchbox is your average basset hound and knows it — or maybe not. Lunchbox doesn’t really think about much at all, until he is abducted by aliens and starts wondering about all sorts of things that basset hounds don’t normally think about. Like how he suddenly knows exactly how to break into the place where the food is kept, and why he knows so much about these weird creatures he’s started hanging around with. Lunchbox even wonders why it is that he knows that he’s wondering about anything at all.

Why The Nine-Year-Old thinks you’ll like it: “It’s crazy. I’ve been laughing like two times a page in my head. That would probably wake the neighbors up if I laughed out loud. That’s one nutty basset hound.”

President Taft is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett

presidenttaftWhat the book’s about: George Washington led an army into battle. Abe Lincoln saved the Union. According to this book, President Taft got stuck in the bath. Based on rumors of an actual historical incident, Barnett’s book imagines the chaos that must have followed the news that the President had gotten into the bathtub and couldn’t climb out again. It’s a humorous look at a little-known Presidential anecdote, and a subtle reminder to children that embarrassing things happen even to very powerful people.

What the Nine-Year-Old learned from reading this book:

The Nine-Year-Old's notes on Taft. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The Nine-Year-Old’s notes on Taft. (Photo: Shala Howell)


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About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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