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On My Wishlist: April 09, 2011: 04/09/11

On My WishlistLast week I finished How to Survive a Killer Séance by Penny Warner which I think is my favorite to date of her new Party Planner series. It wasn't on my list of upcoming reads because I own the copy that I'm reading. It was, though, on my wishlist while I was waiting for it to be published. Her next one is now on the list: How to Party with a Killer Vampire.

I also finished from my library check outs: Generation Loss by Elizabeth Hand. It was gripping all the way to the end. I now have another of her books to pick up from the library this weekend.

The list of upcoming wishlist reads remains unchanged.

Upcoming wishlist reads include:

  • The Stainless Steel Rat Returns by Harry Harrison
  • The Brother Gardeners by Andrea Wulf
  • The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Flaming
  • Wesley the Owl by Stacy O'Brien (Recommended by At Home with Books)
  • The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips by Michael Morpurgo

The Featured Wish for April 09, 2010:

cover artGoodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker (recommended by Chronicle Books)

"As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more."

Earlier this week I was tweeting with some of my book blogging buddies about gendered books. We weren't talking about how there has to be books for boys and books for girls. Instead we were talking about our own children who refuse to fall into such neat (and boring) pre-made boxes. We were first talking about boys who like the Pinkalicious series by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann.

Then we drifted over to books for girls who are into construction. I recommended Hard Hat Area by Susan Roth and Chronicle Books tweeted in a recommendation of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey. Since it sounds like the perfect book for my daughter who is currently fascinated by the new school being built around the corner I added it to my wishlist.

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Comment #1: Saturday, April, 9, 2011 at 14:29:04


Books like these are great for either girls or boys. Especially when they are young like that they really just want to learn about everything around them. My daughter loves cars and now tractors. But she also loves those girly books about ducks who dance in tutu's. They like what they like. What's the point in forcing them NOT to read something anyways? Good book and explaination!

Comment #2: Monday, April 11, 2011 at 17:44:42


I liked cars, trains and construction equipment as a child too. I wasn't as into princesses as my daughter is but they are just one of her many interests.

Comment #3: Saturday, April, 9, 2011 at 16:53:16


I hope that you get this book and that it will be everything you hope it to be. Check out what is On My Wishlist this week.

Comment #4: Monday, April 11, 2011 at 17:49:05


My library is pretty good about getting Chronicle kids books so I'm hopeful they will get this one too.

Comment #5: Saturday, April, 9, 2011 at 18:05:09

Barbara @ Basia's Bookshelf

When my son was little, he would have adored this (well, that was ages ago, lol). He was so into trucks, it was nuts. I may still have the "Tonka" emblem branded on my rear because I fell on them all so many times. :)

Hope you get to read this to your daughter very soon.

Comment #6: Monday, April 11, 2011 at 17:57:20


I expected my son to be nuts about trucks (since I was a kid) but he never really got all that excited by them. Then my daughter comes along and ends up liking them. I hope to check out the book from the library when it's available.

Comment #7: Saturday, April, 9, 2011 at 20:27:48


That sounds like a great book for any construction loving kid.

Comment #8: Monday, April 11, 2011 at 18:23:02


I hope so! It sure looks cute. But I've had great luck with Chronicle books.

Comment #9: Saturday, April, 9, 2011 at 22:07:55

Melissa (Books and things)

Oh this sounds perfect for my little cousin. Great choice!

Comment #10: Monday, April 11, 2011 at 18:26:20


If your cousin reads it, I hope he or she enjoys it.

Comment #11: Saturday, April, 9, 2011 at 23:32:23

кєяo's Book Blog

This reminds me of 'Bob the Builder.' I like the cover of the book. Hope you get it soon.

Comment #12: Monday, April 11, 2011 at 18:32:33


It does look a little like Bob the Builder but I think it looks cuter.

Comment #13: Sunday, April, 10, 2011 at 11:06:33

Jennifer (An Abundance of Book

I've not seen the construction site books, but I'll definitely be looking into them. The Party Planner series sounds interesting, have you reviewed any of the books yet?

Comment #14: Monday, April 11, 2011 at 18:35:10


I've reviewed the first book in the Party Planner series. I will get the second review posted next month.

Comment #15: Sunday, April, 10, 2011 at 11:44:41

Pen and Ink

I've read all of the Stainless Steel Rat Books. Also enjoyed The Technicolor Time Machine by Harry Harrison

I wrote a picture book about a boy called Jamie's Dream with my (then) 9 year old son. Last night I was at a party and both of the young girls re read Jamie often. And my sons loved the Paper Bag Princess and Moira's Birthday by Robert Munsch.

I am delighted that kids read cross gender.

Comment #16: Monday, April 11, 2011 at 18:39:14


I've read all of the Stainless Steel Rat books except for the one I currently have checked out. The Paper Bag Princess is on my wishlist.

Comment #17: Sunday, April, 10, 2011 at 13:10:42

The Book Addicted Girl

Aww, sweet! I was never into construction, but my mum used to get me 'teenage boy' (labels annoy me) books, because my reading age was there, but apparently 'teenage girl' books were unsuitable. Books shouldn't be gendered!

And I love the sound of the rest of the books: I've read the Michael Morpurgo one and loved it.

Thanks for your comment, and hope you get what you're wishing for soon! :)

Comment #18: Monday, April 11, 2011 at 18:41:31


I recently finished Alone on a Wide Wide Sea and loved it. I hope to read through all of Morpurgo's books. As a teen I pretty much avoided teenage girl books and went for the science fiction books instead. The exceptions to that rule were LM Montgomery's books and the Wizard of Oz series.

Comment #19: Monday, April, 11, 2011 at 08:12:41

Sherri Rinker

Thank you for the mention of my book! It will be released at the end of the month. I'm thrilled that your daughter may be interested - I hope you both enjoy it!

Best wishes,
Sherri Duskey Rinker

Comment #20: Monday, April 11, 2011 at 18:44:21


You're welcome. I'm sure we will!

Comment #21: Wednesday, April, 20, 2011 at 14:43:24

Bonnie Jacobs

When my best friend and I had a bookstore, we were pleased to notice that boys enjoyed the Junie B. Jones books as much as the girls did. We named a kitten Junie B. after that feisty girl, well, after we learned the kitten was a girl rather than a boy. Read that story here:

Comment #22: Friday, April 22, 2011 at 15:33:44


My son read some of t

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