Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Rabbit Ate My Homework by Rachel Elizabeth Cole

Drew and Libby find an abandoned rabbit on the side of the road, but they know their parents’ rule: No pets allowed. They decide to keep the rabbit without their parents knowing, hiding it in Drew’s closet. The rabbit continually escapes, waking Drew up in the middle of the night and leaving puddles of pee on Drew’s bed. When the rabbit chews through the legs of Drew’s bed, their parents become convinced they have a rat infestation. Knowing the exterminator will find the rabbit in his closet, Drew takes the rabbit with him to school. When the rabbit escapes, it’s only a matter of time before Drew and Libby’s parents find out what’s really been going on in their house.

The beginning of The Rabbit Ate My Homework by Rachel Elizabeth Cole was a little confusing because the first few chapters seemed to have very little to do with each other. In the end, the two storylines merged and everything made perfect sense. This was a very cute, fun to read story. Even though it is aimed at kids (and my 7 and 9 year old boys both liked it), I found myself wondering what the rabbit would do next and worrying about what would happen when the kids were caught with the forbidden pet. A great read-aloud and also great to give to older children to read on their own.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2015: 75
Pages Read in 2015: 21,477
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The Martian by Andy Weir

After a freak accident, astronaut Mark Watney is left behind on Mars. Since the mission was only supposed to last a month, he must use his ingenuity to produce food and water and other critical things in order to survive until he can be saved.

The Martian is action-packed and fun to read. The science is sound and the storyline is plausible (provided we were at a point where we were doing manned Mars missions). That the United States is willing to spend millions to attempt to retrieve a single astronaut is reasonable. The only thing that bothered me about the book was the language, particularly the extreme number of times the f-word was used. If it hadn’t been for the overuse of bad language, this book was have definitely been 5 stars.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2015: 74
Pages Read in 2015: 21,265
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