Happy Birthday Josh Alves - November 22
I remember my second grade teacher reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. The memory is still very clear -- the classroom, my teacher, her desk, how the student desks were arranged, where she kept the Chronicles of Narnia boxed set on her bookshelf.
The first chapter book I read to my daughter was The Seeing Stone of the Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi. I was tutoring a fourth grader that was obsessed with the books, so I thought I would give them a try myself. My daughter noticed I was reading something without her, did not want to be left out of a good book, and asked that I read them to her. We breezed through the series that summer.
This week I had the excitement of reading my son his first chapter book, Zeke Meeks vs. The Horrifying TV-Turnoff Week by D.L. Green, illustrated by Josh Alves. He loved it!
|My kids enjoyed checking|
out the Tongue Flied App!
We also really enjoyed the Josh Alves' interactive eBook Baxter Beaver's Bad Breath. It has catchy background music, many subtle interactive elements, and a fun to read alliterative text. When I read the eBook to my kids my daughter said, "There are a lot of Bs in this book." Alliteration, the repetition of a particular sound, became the focus of our birthday celebration activity.
|We got out our art supplies and drawing paper.|
|My son decided to draw a bee. Then, he realized his best friend's name also began with a "b". Then, with a little assistance he came up with "bad burps" as the problem for his bee.|
|My daughter came up with "Harry Hippo's Humongous Hiccups". It was harder for her to come up with how to draw a hippo than it was to come up with the animal and his problem.|
|"Lauren Lion's Large Lice" - YIKES!|
|"Larry Lion's Large Lumps". I wonder if he knows Lauren Lion!|
|My daughter continued throughout the week making more and more drawings. This is "Florence Flamingo's Floppy Feet".|
|This is "Tyler Tiger's Tremendous Toots". I told my two kids that they had lots of great ideas for picture books!|
As for birthday traditions - since it's usually so close to Thanksgiving (and like this year, ON Thanksgiving), I remember getting to mix celebrations. It usually involved dressing up as a pilgrim or a Native American (complete with paper bag vest!) and making homemade butter.
Josh, thank you so much for taking the time to share a few birthday thoughts. We hope you have a wonderful birthday and Thanksgiving with your family. We didn't want you to be without homemade butter on your birthday so my boys shook some up for you! Have a great birthday!
|We shook up cream in small mason jars to make our homemade butter.|
|It was pretty yummy on crackers! Happy Birthday Josh Alves!|
1. Josh Alves' Website
2. Zeke Meeks' Website - Capstone Kids
3. Follow Josh on Facebook and Twitter
4. Josh Alves eComics available from Graphicly
5. Inteview - CBR, ROK Comics
6. Tastes Like Chicken by Josh Alves also follow on Facebook
7. Even a Mouse Trailer!