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I finally got my hands on Clementine! There was some problem with the small press and ordering and the library's copies have yet to come in. I called my favorite independent book store and the owner got a sweet hardcover copy for me. I actually finished it right away (it was only 200 pages). While I thought it was really great, especially the action air battles, I would have liked a little more Boneshaker references. One can read this novel without reading Boneshaker first, but honestly, why would you want to?

Boneshaker rocked!

I think Cherie Priest rocks too. I love that she updates her blog on all of the time.

While we were at my favorite independent book store, I saw that the owner had these wands for sale that were essentially just sticks dressed up with yarn and charms. They were cooler than I'm making them sound. So, the girls and I are going to craft some tonight-we stopped at the park earlier and found perfect "wands".
I always feel good about buying books at that book store. I know I spent more than I can realistically afford on books, but I was helping a small business out. I put my order in for a couple of titles that are being released in late August. I know the library wont (or really, can't) afford to buy these titles, so I might as well get them from a store that needs the money. As much as I love my ereader, not every title is out in ebook format. I guess that is just me and my weird taste! Of course, if the alternative is to read mainstream fiction, I'd rather not read.
Currently I am doing a lot of rereading-mostly because the Teen Book Club's Mockingjay Party is almost upon us!!!! Yes, I just wanted an excuse to reread the first two book, but I also think these books rock. I was cruising the interwebs and I saw that Hot Topic and Borders are now selling Hunger Games related products. I have started my Christmas List....


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How to Make a Sharknado for Your Shark Craft

I have had an insane amount of fun this summer, but I always try to do something for Shark Week. This year I called it Shark Lab and we are making three crafts I have never done with the kids before.

But for ME, I wanted a Sharknado.
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Then I went to three stores to find either plastic sharks that would be light enough to float and not just sink to the bottom of the jar and/or shrinky dink material (make my own damn sharks!) Both hunts were fail, so I made them myself using  a template I cannot find again. Sorry.

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Teddy Bear Storytime

Tonight's storytime followed the same format I use for all of my day storytimes as I have temporarily suspended my idea of doing storytime in reverse in order to get the kids sleepy. They only seem to run out into the library to pick out movies and books and the effect is lost. So here is what we did tonight.

Our theme was teddy bears, but our night storytime is always wear jammies, bring a lovey, and low action.

My opening song is Hello Bubbles which I learned from Read Sing Play here. BTW this woman is a storytime goddess and I have picked up many great ideas on her blog.

Story the 1st: The Red Hat by Lita Judge

 Why? Because I want to get across to my kids that books do not always have to have words in order for us to "read" them, and I want to give pre-readers a chance to feel proud they finished a book on their own. I plan to try to read or highlight at least one wordless read for the next couple of storytimes.

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