Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Guest Blogger: Jabber Reads (sort of...)
Jabber: Two books. One book is called Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and the other book is called Beezus and Ramona.
Elissa: Did you like the books?
Jabber: Kind of and kind of not.
Elissa: So...you have mixed feelings about the books. Well, I always like to start with talking about what I like about books, so can you tell me something that you enjoyed about reading these two books? What were your favorite parts?
Jabber: I liked it when Beezus finally got her cake for her birthday. But I didn't like it when Ramona destroyed the first two cakes because I don't like things getting destroyed. I felt glad that I wasn't Beezus.
Elissa: Did it remind you of your brother?
Jabber: It reminded me of my model of a car that my dad bought me. Monkey banged it on the floor, and then he took off the wheels on purpose, and then he took out the axles and lost them, and cracked the model. And all of that was on purpose.
Elissa: When you were reading these books about little brothers and sisters, did they remind you of you and your brother?
Jabber: Fudge sort of reminds me of Monkey, and I feel sort of like Peter because sometimes I want to leave because my brother is about to kill me here. He really is. Did you know that Monkey is crazy just like Fudge is? When Fudge pretended to be a dog and eats under the table, that's just like us. Except I like eating under the table, too.
Elissa: Anything else that you liked about the books that you want to mention?
Jabber: I really liked the party at the Quimby's because all the kids were jumping up and down and they did a parade around the house, and I really liked that.
Elissa: Earlier you said you kind of liked them and kind of not. Why would you say kind of not?
Jabber: Well, there are scary parts.
Elissa: Scary, how?
Jabber: I get really scared when they get into trouble. Like OH I remember one of the really scary parts! When Ramona called all those people over! I'm so worried that she's going to get into trouble. I also get scared when Fudge and Peter get into trouble.
Elissa: Do you get into trouble like that?
Jabber: Sometimes, but my mom and dad don't give out real spankings. Probably the biggest trouble I've ever gotten into was when I pulled my brother out of the chair by his legs. Remember that? He hit his head on the floor and cried. It sounds like something Peter might do because Fudge broke something of his.
Elissa: What's your favorite part of listening to these stories with your brother?
Jabber: I use my ears and I see like a movie in my head. Sometimes it's a good movie, and sometimes it's a bad movie. And it goes as long as someone's reading. I like listening to Mama read to me, and I never want to stop. Sometimes I pretend to be Fudge or Peter or Beezus or Ramona.
Elissa: Who's your favorite character to pretend to be?
Jabber: Fudge, because he's silly and he has a funny voice. I know his voice because of your voice. I like it when you read with different voices because I only know how to read with my reading voice, and you have a couple of reading voices, like Fudgie and Dad, and Peter, and Ramona, and Beezus, and you also have two Mom voices.
Elissa: When I read, is my voice different from when we're just talking?
Jabber: Sometimes they are, and sometimes they're the same. We're reading Superfudge now, and I like it a lot!
Elissa: Would you like to give each book a rating now, and a reason for your rating?
Jabber: I giv Fuj 9 STARS becus I like that carecter. Ramona gets 6 STARS becus sumtimes she dusint get into trubel.
(ETA: Jabber has been really resistant to reading and writing practice, and this post is a way to trick him into doing a little of both. Thanks for reading!)