Book a Day Challenge – Bad Mother and Mr. Wonka

Book a Day Challenge – Bad Mother and Mr. Wonka

I’m never going to keep up with these reviews!  Nothing to be done for it but to fir them in when I can.  We combined our books for the 18th & 19th pic because we’re getting a little behind on the photo taking too.  This challenge is kicking my butt.


G read 2 Biscuit books and gave no complaints, woohoo!  Slowly, slowly but surely he is becoming more confident in himself and his reading abilities.

I read Bad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments Grace by Ayelet Waldman

I’m not sure why I was expecting something funny, but I was.  Although Waldman does write with humor this book was heartfelt and dealt with some heavy topics.  Sex, abortion, bipolar disorder, sexual identity, social media pushback, four kids with different needs.  There’s a lot to take in and appreciate.  Her honesty was admirable, her battles recognizable, and her love of family inspiring.  I really liked this one even though it wasn’t the barrels of laughs I was hoping for.

I also listened to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

The audio was excellent and even had sound effects.  At only 3 1/2 hours I’m thinking about listening to it again with G because I think this is perfect for kids.  Is Willy Wonka the best person to hold up as an example of all good things?  Nope.  But the story is so fantastical and fun that I can overlook that.  I loved the original movie with Gene Wilder and this took me right back there, to my childhood, excited every time one of the few channels on TV was showing the movie.  I can’t say enough good things about the audio production and am glad that I experienced the story that way for this one.


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