Humour, Crafts, and Travelling the Galaxy

So January is done and I’ve got my first 4 books read (or mostly read). My favourite this month is definitely Man at the Helm. Stibbe’s humour is both insightful and fun.  Looking forward to next months reading!

Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe was amazing! I had the chance to read this humorous book through our Interlibrary Loan Service, and I’m glad I did! Man at the Helm was extremely funny, thoughtful, and poignant. Set in 1970s Britain, this novel follows the Vogel family after a divorce and move to a small village where “hardly anyone liked us.”  I loved Stibbe’s narrator, 9 year old Lizzie, whose bluntness and weighted views on her mother’s situation (a divorcee suffering depression without a ‘man at the helm’) makes you both laugh out loud and want to weep.

Moby Dick  by Herman Melville is my choice for “A Book more than 500 pages” and though I’m still working on it, it doesn’t disappoint. Ishmael is an interesting narrator, full of asides and tangents. Captain Ahab is an enigma to be solved and I look forward to continuing on this journey with them.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a must read for lovers of science fiction. A bit absurd, always funny and best of all an easy and quick read. I really enjoyed this novel, it was a fun read and I had the opportunity to watch the movie after (and do the inescapable comparison between the two; as usual, I liked the book best).

After-School Club for Kids: Thematic Programming to Encourage Reading by Lisa M. Shaia was my choice for a non-fiction read. I chose this one to get ideas both for library programs and also activities to do at home with the little guy. Shaia gives great ideas on how to make math and science more hands on and relatable. I loved the section on humour which encouraged improv and performance.

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