We Are Reading – May 4th

As I have been knee deep in projects at the new job, my leisurely reading has been put on hold. The books that I read to the kid have been my only literary relaxation and I am not ashamed to say they have been pretty awesome. In fact, maybe I should switch to reading kids books exclusively. Character development, plot, conflict, love, loss and happy endings in less than 15 minutes. It’s a win win!

Race from A to Z

Race from A to Z by Jon Scieszka

25 vehicles racing through town at breakneck speed while Izzy the Ice Cream truck tries to get them to buy Astro Pops and Snow Cones. How could I (and the kid) not be in love with this one. Our favorite character was the pink garbage truck with the bunny rabbit on her bumper. Why don’t they make those in real life? This book is great for any kid who likes racing cars and rhyming.

 

Tiny_Titans_Return_to_the_Treehouse_Vol_1_1

Tiny Titans Return to the Treehouse by Art Baltazar

Joe brings these home from comic book stores he visits on his trips. The kid loves them and this issue is especially awesome. Our fearless Tiny Titans have lost their treehouse and now the adventure begins to either find it, or an awesome replacement. As usual, this is a great book for kids who love superheroes and laughs.

 

The Secrets of Codes by Paul Lunde

The Secrets of Codes by Paul Lunde

My husband’s brain works differently than mind. He is definitely science and math. I am everything swirly and creative. His taste in books is often reflective of this difference and this is a prime example of that.  This is a great book for people whose love puzzle solving and the use of images as communication. From hobo markings to American Sign Language many forms of non-traditional communication are explained.

 

Marvel's Princess Lei

Marvel’s Princess Leia

I have had the time to read something that is not a children’s book. It is the Marvel Star Wars Collection’s Princess Lei coming books. Yes I know it is a comic book, but I don’t consider these children’s reading. They are really for everyone. As usual, the husband brought this one home. The man goes to some great comic book shops around the country and we benefit greatly.

 

The DC Comic Encyclopedia

What We Are Reading – December 9th

This installment of What We Are Reading is comic focused, surprise!!! You know the Pinkelton household likes to read comics and my book pics for this week are all graphically driven. Here goes…..

 

Tiny Titans Sidekickin' It

Tiny Titans Sidekickin’ It by Art Balthazar Franco

Aaron has his face in this series as usual and requests we read him a few of the stories every night before bedtime. The books reference characters who grow up to become real adult heroes and villains. A few of these good and bad guys are unfamiliar to me which means that after he goes to sleep I have to reference…

 

The DC Comic Encyclopedia

The DC Comics Encyclopedia

Yes this book does exist and yes it does rock. We also have the Marvel version this and both of them are read for fun and as reference guides. You must have them on hand if your kid or you are into the comic world.

 

Understanding Comics

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

In catching up on my Girl on Guy podcast listening, Aisha Tyler and her guest Scott Gimple of the Walking Dead spoke of this book.  It gets deep into the history, meaning, and art behind of of my favorite forms of literature. I have a few weeks off for the holiday and hope to get this one read by the new year.

What are you guys reading this holiday season?

 

What We Are Reading – September 21st

The Pinkelton’s went to the beach last week and took some fine reading materials with us. They were mostly graphic novels/comic books; with the exception of mommy’s ten pound Vogue fall issue. More about my hits and misses from that tome on the next post. Our picks fell into just about any category you could hope for: funny, educational, rebellious and down right brilliant. They were:

 

March Book One

March: Book One

I had the chance to read this first book in a trilogy by and about the life and times of civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis. The collection of stories from his youth raising chickens to his participation in many lunch counter sit-ins spans a distant time; but covers struggles that continue to exist today. Click here to buy your own copy.

 

Tiny Titans Adventures in Awesomeness

Tiny Titans Adventures in Awesomeness

The kid is a fan of any superhero so this book is a big hit. Art Balthazar creates short and funny adventures for these young offspring of some of our most well-loved comic book characters. All of the books in this series include mazes, puzzles, and object finding activities in between the humorous stories. Click here to get one for your own little hero.

 

Transmetroplitan

Transmetroplitan

The husband had his face in this book for most of our trip. This tale is one of paranoia, journalism, politics and many other themes that are relevant in present times. The protagonist Spider Jerusalem is no hero and this quality make him pretty relatable given his journey and the dire circumstances of the world he lives in. Get your own copy as well as others in the series here.

What are you guys reading as we head into fall?