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Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton
Mr. Bounce by Roger Hargreaves
Mr. Funny by Roger Hargreaves
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The Museum at Purgatory by Nick Bantock
Not Before Sundown by Johanna Sinisalo
Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber
Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam
Sagittarius is Bleeding by Peter David
The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra
Stormy Weather by Carl Hiaasen
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the SchoolThe Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School: 01/15/07

Sean has received a wonderful selection of books from his grandmother Judy. Her latest find is The Secret Science Project That Almost Ate the School by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Through verse, Judy Sierra tells the classic story of hubris and nemesis, this time in the third grade.

The main character, afraid of losing in the science fair decides to cheat. In the quest for an easy win, she unleashes a green hungry blob who soon has devoured her cat, father, and class. Can she stop her monster before it is too late?

Gammell's illustrations bring to life to Sierra's humorous verse. The paintings are watercolors and the colors bleed together just as the monster oozes from scene to scene. It's the perfect blending of talents.

Nothing But Raspberries:

Yesterday Harriet began to blow raspberries (another milestone) and covered me in mushy peas. She's since then been trying them on and off, especially when Sean is around because he is the king of funny sounds in this household and someone she aspires to surpass or at least equal.

Today in the car while we were running errands, Harriet began to blow her raspberries again. Sean started to laugh and then blew some raspberries back at her. Then she laughed and blew some more. Soon all us were laughing while the kids were taking turns making all sorts of silly noises. Sean won for being the loudest, yuckiest and quickest with the noises. Ian thinks this must have been their first time really playing together.

Steps: 5000

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