All books were due yesterday, so any check outs had to be accompanied by sad stories, preferably with puppy dog eyes. Had my regular classes in as well as students taking end of year assessments on the computers, and book fair was delivered, so I got that set up, and made a dent in my hundred e mails.
My favorite story from home this week was how Surly Teen Boy managed to feed himself. I left two packages of bacon, and he dutifully read the instructions on the package as to cooking methods. Never mind that I have supervised him cooking bacon in the skillet-- he wanted to microwave it. Since he couldn't find that paper towels (after looking for there on the counter in the napkin holder, which was fully stocked), he decided to layer the bacon with facial tissues. One rasher, one tissue, another rasher, etc. "for the most protection possible". When asked if the tissue stuck to the bacon, he claimed that it didn't, but I could tell by his face that there was some extra fiber attached. Sigh.
Must admit that I haven't read a book in a week, but my box from YA Books Central arrived, and I will spend the weekend getting my upcoming reading organized, just in time for Mother Reader's 48 Hour Reading Challenge on June 8-10. Oh, and Nonfiction Monday will be hosted here this week.
Roman, Dave and John Green. Teen Boat.
Teen Boat has more problems than the average high schoolers-- not only do bullies like Harry Cobbs bother him, they want him to host parties on himself when he is a boat-- parties that end up with gambling in international waters and running into ice bergs! Teen has a big crush on Nina Pinta Santa Maria, an exchange student, but no matter what he does, she doesn't like him... but his friend Joey (who is, of course, less hot because she wears overalls instead of midriff baring tops) does. The gang get into all sorts of improbable scrapes, travel to Italy, get involved with pirates, and use Teen's ability to turn into a boat at every available opportunity. As we are reminded frequently, it's all about "The angst of being a teen; the thrill of being a boat."
Strengths: This is certainly innovative and original. The artwork is well done and brightly colored, and the odd story line should appeal to high schoolers who were Pilkey aficionados when younger.
Weaknesses: Since someone gave my son a Teen Boat t shirt, and he's been wearing it around and getting lots of comments about it, this was a family read. We were all amused by the book, but also a little confused as to what was really going on. I think this may have been the authors' point!