I thought that it would be fun to recap what the boys have “read” for the month too. The boys don’t read yet, so these books were all read by husband or me to them and that counts!
At the end of last year we read The Fantastic Mr. Fox and our boys loved it. Since we had the BFG we thought that we would read that book and they loved it. I was at Costco at the beginning of January and saw that all of Roald Dahl’s books were packaged together for the cheap price of $25 and I knew that I couldn’t pass that deal up (it is around $40 on Amazon). Since we now had all of his books we were on a Roald Dahl frenzy. All of the wording below is straight from my boys’ mouths!
Matilda — Is about a girl who reads. She goes to school and there is a headmistress whose name is Ms. Trunchbull. That’s pretty much it.
Nathan gives it five stars and Anderson gives it six (I gave them the option of 1-5).
James and the Giant Peach — A little boy who had a nice father and mother got eaten by a rhinoceros and he had to live with his horrible Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge. A man gave him some magic things and James slipped and the magic things fell out of his pocket onto the ground and a tree with a peach started growing. Aunt Spiker said there was a peach and some other stuff. Aunt Sponge didn’t believe her. The cloud men, New York, the centipede, the old green grasshopper, the chief of the fire department, and the chief of police.
Nathan gives it five stars and Anderson gives it three.
The Magic Finger — A girl with a magic finger and that’s pretty much it. And the two boys that like to hunt. And the dad that likes to hunt. And the things they were trying to hunt and they were magic.
Nathan gives it five stars and Anderson gives it four stars.
Esio Trot– A turtle named Alfie and the tortoise catcher.
Nathan gives it five stars and Anderson gives it four.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — A boy that has poor parents and about Mr. Willy Wonka. Mike Teavee gets sent by television and a huge chocolate bar gets sent by television (the boys aren’t really interested in talking to me right now about this book, so their description is super brief, but this has been their favorite Dahl book so far).
Nathan gives it FIVE stars. Anderson gives it four, but I don’t think he understands the rating system 🙂
Roald Dahl’s books have been a huge hit for my boys. I think that the 6+ crowd would enjoy them more than the younger crowd (my youngest isn’t sensitive, so he has been able to handle these books sometimes better than my older son). I also have to warn that there is some not so nice language in the books (for example, calling people stupid and idiot). When we were reading the books we would edit the story to say “silly” instead of stupid, but we borrowed the audiobooks from the library and they don’t edit there, so the boys picked up on the language. Now we don’t edit because we are almost guaranteed to get the audiobook, so we read it how it is and talk about how those words aren’t nice to say and we discuss what words would be better to say. In one of the books someone calls someone an “ass.” For the next day my oldest son was calling everything an ass. We discussed how that word wasn’t appropriate to say, but I think that just fueled him to say it more! I also tried to cover up my laughing each time he said it :).
The below books we read, but they are not chapter books (there are not so many because we have spent our time on Dahl’s books)
Poky Little Puppy’s First Christmas — The boys saw this book somewhere and wanted to read it even though Christmas was over. They love all of The Poky Little Puppy books.
Happy Birthday Martin Luther King — We read this one for Martin Luther King Jr. day. After reading the book we discussed how Martin tried to change the laws peacefully so that everyone had the same rights.
Cézanne and the Apple Boy — As you probably know, this was from an art lesson we did.
One Cool Cat — We randomly picked up this book from the library and it wasn’t that great.
p.s. The links above are Amazon Affiliate links and if a book is purchased I get a small commission that will help my family get more homeschool materials, but all of the books with links are ones we got from the library and that really is the best source to get books!