1. The Enormous Crocodile
by Roald Dahl
Both kids really enjoyed this story. The illustrations by Quentin Blake are delightful. The story is creative (of course!) and kept the kids guessing. There was just the right bit of suspense to be exciting but not scary. However, Adrianna was truly puzzled at the ending because "the crocodile was only hungry" - she wanted to see him eat up a "juicy little child". I guess that is what crocodiles do.
2. Old Mother West Wind
by Thornton Burgess
It took the kids a few chapters to begin to enjoy this book but now they each have favorite characters (Peter Rabbit and Jimmy Skunk for Adrianna and Old Grandfather Toad for Nate). The stories are short and clever and we are painlessly learning a lot about the basic character of skunks, woodchucks and foxes in the process. I have ordered the rest of the Old Mother West Wind books in the series. What a brilliant author.