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The Wild, Wild West by Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton, fraidy-mouse extraordinaire, is traveling to the Wild West! Geronimo is the editor of the local newspaper. He is a calm mouse. He is a mouse who enjoys sitting at home, listening to classical music and drinking a nice cup of hot cheddar cheese tea.

Geronimo learns to rope and ride in the Wild West and he stands up to the town bullies. In the end … well you have to read the book to find that out.

I enjoyed reading this Geronimo Stilton book as it addressed Native American tribes to some extent, delivered great vocabulary regarding horses, and actually threw in a little twist at the end. Stilton fans will love reading this book.

Thea Stilton and the Cherry Blossom Adventure by Thea Stilton

Read from March 25 to 29, 2013
This was the first Thea Stilton book I have read and there wasn’t much Thea Stilton in it. The story was about the “Thea Sisters” instead. A group of teenage girls who are friends with Thea and admire her so much they call themselves the Thea Sisters. The girls visit a Japanese school where they meet and become best friends with a Japanese student. A kidnapping, a theft and a betrayal set the stage for heartwarming reconciliation between father and daughter. In the end, the kidnapper, the thief and the betrayal are rectified and they all live happily ever after.

I like the Thea Stilton series for the same reasons I like Geronimo Stilton, the books contain cultural information and a wonderful array of vocabulary words. My students love the graphic novel-esque feel to the books. The down side to these books is that they are written in a format method. After a couple of the books I am bored. This Thea Stilton book did not excite me as much as I thought it would. Still, for third and fourth grade reading ability the books will hold the interest and students may actually learn something while they read!

Surf’s Up, Geronimo

Although I normally LOVE Geronimo Stilton books for their cultural, physical information and the entertaining way in which the books are written, I felt this one was not as good.

Premise: Geronimo feels it is time for a vacation and his cousin agrees. Cousin Trap leads Geronimo to a shady-looking travel agency and then teams up to bully Geronimo into buying an over-priced vacation that turns into a horrendous affair. The plane is dirty, the food inedible, the hotel roach infested, the beach over-crowded, the ocean laden with sharks. The vacation is horrible!

My issue with this book is how much bullying takes place and how easily Geronimo allows it to happen. His cousin, the travel agent, the staff at the airline, the hotel, and even his sister, Thea, bullies Geronimo. The books provide great vocabulary and usually information on the location or adventure in the book. This particular one fell short for me.

Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I must confess, I really like this series on so many levels.

Nancy is a little girl who adores using her colossal vocabulary, much to the chagrin of her friends and family. Sometimes it gets her into a little trouble and sometimes she works out her troubles. These are not complicated stories but they do help students develop a larger vocabulary at a second grade reading level. They are similar to the more complex Geronimo Stilton series by addressing the need of children to develop larger vocabularies. Which is the main reason I like these books.

I also like these books because they allow us to be a little silly and pretentious a we read them!

Can you tell a bibliophile wrote these books? You betcha’! They are entertaining and educational!

Geronimo Stilton by …. ah, who knows for sure?

The Geronimo Stilton series is written by … well, Geronimo Stilton. Ahem, yes, well. Anyway.

Geronimo is a well rounded mouse, in more ways than one, who runs the local newspaper and is a published author. He writes books about his exploits but those aren’t the books we get to read, or are they? Hmmm. Well, Geronimo likes cheese, he likes to read, and he likes to write. Above all else Geronimo likes to live a quiet life. So what’s to write about? Seems as though Geronimo spends more time on adventures with friends and family than running the family newspaper. One of my favorite exploits is when Geronimo climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro. I sure learned a lot of new vocabulary and information about the mountain.

I have to say, these books are a lot more educational than I thought they would be since, well, ya know, they are written by a mouse.

P.S. Some of Geronimo’s friends and family also write about their exploits…gotta’ say, they are a prolific bunch!

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