Julia Writes! – ‘Baby Frederico’s Mystery Part 2′

Baby Frederico looked all over the house for his bear picture. It was not in the bedroom, it was not in the closet, and it was not in the den. Where else could it be? he wondered. Suddenly, an idea came to him. The attic! So, he went up to the attic.

“Picture, come out, come out, wherever you are!” he said.

Suddenly, Baby Frederico saw something brown run across the room.

“My drawing of the bear! There he goes,” thought Baby Frederico.

And then he had an idea! He went downstairs to get his dry erase marker and a box.

He ran back upstairs, snuck up behind the bear and quickly covered it with the box. In a flash, he took the lid off the marker, stuck it under the box, and opened it.

Suddenly, the little drawn bear was sucked up into the marker. Baby Frederico closed the lid really fast.

“I did it,” he said triumphantly!

Baby Frederico thought for a moment about the magic of it all.

He said to himself, “What can I draw next?” Oh my!

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Julia Writes! – ‘Baby Frederico’s Mystery Part 1′

One day, Baby Frederico was up in the attic with his parents. They were cleaning it out. Mama Mia thought it was too messy up there!

Baby Frederico found lots of AMAZING things!!! There were full buckets of Hot Wheels, a little play kitchen, and a drum set! But his most favorite thing was a big, half chalk board, half dry erase board. He spent almost all day drawing on that board. He didn’t even go to his friend’s house.

A few days later, he asked his Papa Frita what he should draw on the board.

“You should draw a bear,” he said.

“OK,” said Baby Frederico.

As his father left for work, he started to draw. About a half an hour later, he was finished. My masterpiece, he thought to himself.

An hour later, he came back. I bet you’ll never guess what he saw. His picture was gone!!!  No one else was home, so no one could have erased it. It’s not like my picture just got up and ran away…. or did it!

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Julia Speaks – ‘I Wish Books Could Come True’

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When we came home from church yesterday morning, Julia wanted to talk about books and her love for them.  Something about all of these words among all of these pages are settling deep within her and it seems that, out of the clear blue, she suddenly has something to say about it all.  She asked, “How about I write your blog for tomorrow, dad?”  Music to my ears!  Here’s her story:

Today, I was telling my dad that sometimes I just wish books would just come true. I wish the people in the book were my friends, the places they went in the book, I could go visit! And if I could go to the places they went in the book, I wish the things that happened in the place would happen to me! It would be AMAZING!!! I wish all of the mystery books I read would come true.

Now just think about it, what book or books do you wish would come true?

Julia Reviews! ‘The Mystery in the Old Attic’ – Tuesday’s Look at this Book!

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Title/Series: The Mystery In The Old Attic/The Boxcar Children
Author: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Year It Was Made: 1997
Publisher: Albert Whitman And Company
Time It Took Me To Read It: 2 Days
Back Of Book: Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny used to live alone in a boxcar. Now they have a home with their grandfather, and they are exploring an old house in Michigan.  When the Aldens arrive at the mansion, they can’t wait to start looking through all the rooms. They find an old diary that tells that a diamond and pearl ring is hidden in the house. The only way to find the ring is to solve the riddle written in the diary. But someone has already found the ring-and sold it! Who could be responsible? The Boxcar Children must find out!!!
My Review: This is such an amazing book! You’ll LOVE it! This is a great classic!!! My teacher read this book when she was little. It was her favorite, and now, it’s mine! (It’ll be yours,too!;)
Best Quote: He had just noticed that the ceiling continued above a wall that did not reach all the way  to the rafters. “There is a room behind that wall!” Benny exclaimed!

Julia Reviews: ‘Don’t Tell Anyone’ – Tuesday’s Look at this Great Book!

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I am always grateful when our 9-year old reads a book that excites her so much she has to write about it here on the website. This book came from her school library. Here’s the story:

TITLE: DON’T TELL ANYONE (2000, Puffin Books)

AUTHOR: PEG KEHRET

TIME IT TOOK ME TO READ: 2 WEEKS

BEST QUOTE FROM THE BOOK: “I WAS SO WORRIED THAT I COULDN’T EVEN SING,” SAID MEGAN’S LITTLE SISTER.

BACK OF BOOK: THE FERAL CATS LIVE IN THE OPEN FIELD NEAR MEGAN’S HOUSE. IT’S ABOUT TO BE BULLDOZED FOR AN APARTMENT BUILDING. ONLY MEGAN CAN HELP THEM. AN ODD MAN OFFERS TO HELP SAVE THE CATS, BUT HE ACTS SO STRANGELY, MEGAN KNOWS THERE IS SOMETHING NOT QUITE RIGHT ABOUT HIM. AFTER WITNESSING A HIT-AND-RUN CAR ACCIDENT, MEGAN SUDDENLY BEGINS RECEIVING DISTURBING NOTES PROMISING A LIFE OF DANGER IF SHE DOESN’T KEEP HER MOUTH SHUT. NOT KNOWING WHO TO TRUST, MEGAN WILL HAVE TO RELY ON HER WITS IN ORDER TO SAVE THE CATS- AND HERSELF- FROM THE TREACHEROUS ADVENTURES THAT LIE AHEAD!!!!!!!!!!!

MY REVIEW: I LOVE MYSTERIES, SO THIS WAS MY KIND OF BOOK. PEG KEHRET IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS. SHE IS SO CREATIVE AND DETAILED. THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT THAT YOU WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS AMAZING AND THRILLING BOOK!!!

Just Like That…

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We spent some time with my grandmother this past week.  Our 9-year old also spent some time writing her first book.  It is a creative and very mysterious story she has titled “The Unplayed Piano.”

For the past couple of years, there are really just two types of books that our daughter loves to read most – poetry and mysteries.  As she completes a chapter of this story she is writing right now, she reads it to her mother and sister and me after dinner and makes changes here and there as she reads it.  There are elements of humor and anxiety and excitement, but they all revolve around the sound of this mysterious piano music that only certain people in this family’s house are able to hear.  We don’t yet know how it will end, but the suspense is killing us!

Here is what I wanted to share with you about my grandmother and my 9-year old and this story.  I was in the kitchen working on a puzzle with my grandfather last evening when I heard the following conversation in the other room.  It went like this:

Grandmother:  “Honey, I have been meaning to ask you all week…how is your book coming along?  I was just thinking that when we finish dinner, you and I should sit together so you can read more of it to me.   I want to hear what happens with that piano.”

Julia:  “Really?”

Grandmother:  “Yes, I can’t wait.”

Julia:  “Then I can’t wait to read it to you.”

Just like that, no more than a 30 second conversation and a little girl is so encouraged, so surprised, and so happy.  And just like that, a little girl becomes an author.

Julia Reviews: ‘A-Z Mysteries: The Kidnapped King’ – Tuesday’s Look at this Book!

* Thank you to our daughter Julia for writing this week’s first ever guest review and recipe! Every Tuesday we introduce you to a favorite book from our secret book room, and give you a unique “recipe for fun” this week over on our Book Cook page.Mystery
Today’s Great Book:  The Kidnapped King was written and illustrated by Ron Roy (Random House, 2000)
Time to Read:   I was so into this book that I read it in only 2 hours because it was fun, interesting, entertaining, and…MYSTERIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Summary:  from the back of the book…The king and queen of Costra have been kidnapped! For his protection, the prince is sent to Green Lawn-to hide out with Dink’s family. Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose promise to help their royal friend rescue his parents from the enemies of the Crown. But then the prince gets kidnapped, too. Can the three sleuths catch the kidnappers and unravel this royal mystery?
Best Quote from the Book:  “Dink was reading Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson. He had seen the movie, but he still loved the story. He took the book to the reading corner and plopped down in a bean-bag chair.”
Julia’s (age 9) View:  I very much enjoyed reading this very detailed story. If you are a mystery kind of person, then you will instantly fall in love with this book. If you are good at figuring out clues you will know the answer to the mystery even before it starts.

 

Remember to visit our Book Cook page for the recipe - The Case of the Mysterious Fudge!  - created by the kids to accompany this particular book.