It was time to come back for the second part of my favorite, and longest running, DDG school literacy project: the 11th annual Mrs. Perry’s Class ARC Review Project. Here are the kids reading the Advanced Readers’ Copies that I had delivered to them during part one.
It’s always a great project but this year was a particularly great group of fourth graders. The kids were totally engaged with the books. Two in particular had really captured quite a few readers. Cosmic Commandos didn’t surprise me since a strong new graphic novel was sure to please and would have been easy to pass around during the review time, but Watchdog, a more involved book about a robot watchdog named Daisy surprised me. After going over their book reviews I asked a few questions.
Kenny: What would you have done differently if you had written the book you read?
Keyra: The age for the book (Nutcracked) should have been different. It said it was for 10-13 but it should have said it was for 12-14.
Leah: I think the plan should have been known earlier. You didn’t find out until the end.
Leyani: The title only described one part of the book. Ben Franklin was only in the bathtub for one paragraph, but it grabbed my attention.
Kenny: Would you choose to spend time in the world of the book you read? If so how long?
Jesslyn: Squishers – I would have.
Ella: I would have lived with criminals. I would not want that.
Keyra: I would not want friendship problems, but would like the magic stuff.
Emma: No, I am not ready for middle school.
Kaden: I wouldn’t want the scary stuff but I would want the awesome things that happen.
Kenny: What series book you’re waiting for the most right now?
Brandon: Magic Tree House #78.
Eli: Bravelands, I really want to read the next one. Also Cosmic Commandos.
Bode: A new I Survive book.
Tyler: I want another Wonder book.
Kenny: It is definitely past time for her to write a new book.
Kaden: A new Watchdog book.
Kenny: If you heard that Mrs. Perry has a magical creature at home what would you expect it to be?
(chorus of voices)
Kenny: Why is the cat magical?
It’s a cat that breathes fire.
Oh I know, a dragon!
Actually my hedgehog is magical because it can float in the air.
The Loch Ness monster.
Kenny: Wow, Nessie might be a little big for Mrs. Perry’s house.
A magical monkey.
A dog that has a wagging tail that makes him fly.
A bull shark that flies and breathes fire.
A turtle with a really big shell that you could live inside with the turtle.
Kenny: Ooh, that’s a water creature, would that live in her bathtub?
Kenny: Bit of a nasty surprise for her guests.
Kenny: Were there any characters in the book you read that you think would make a good friend for you and why?
Leyani: Ben Franklin because he’s fun, he does a lot of experiments and I like science and he swims.
Keyra: Noah because he likes magical things.
Daric: Daisy the really nice watchdog, because she’s a really smart robot.
Camdyn: Og the frog.
Kaden: Justin, the really nice one who has a lot of friends.
Kenny: Top plot for a book that hasn’t been done yet?
Leyani: A person who could turn into animals with magical powers.
Thomas: A robot who wants to live like a human.
Bode: A lizard that is invisible.
Kenny: Thanks, everyone!
Hooray, Mrs. Perry! Okay, let’s take a group photo.