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Friday, January 22, 2010

New Book Review!!! Wright on Time: Arizona

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ISBN: 0-9824829-0-6

ISBN-13: 978-0-9824829-0-2

LCCN: 2009928001

100 pages, 5.25" x 8", paperback

Children's Chapter Book, Ages 5-12+

Hmm...  A homeschooling family that travels around the country in an RV?  Interesting!  Well, I should know, I've traveled around the country with my family in an RV many times.  And, yes, most of the time we make it educational.  Let's see, we've been to New York City, Los Angeles, Mt. Rushmore, The Grand Canyon,Washington D.C., and, oh, this post is supposed to be a book review.  Sorry!  LOL

The Wright on Time books follow the adventures of Aidan, 7, his sister Nadia, 11, as they and their parents travel from state to state, homeschooling as they go.  Each book takes place in a different state, so the entire series consist of 50 books!  Well, it will anyway.  As of this writing only two books have been published.  I was sent the first book, Wright on Time: Arizona, so that I could read it and give you my opinion.  The second book, Wright on Time: Utah, has also been published.  Several more are in the works.

The family explores a cave in Wright on Time: Arizona.  Aidan is fascinated by the bats, while Nadia hopes to find some unique gemstones.   As you read along, you are not just enjoying a story, you are learning right along with the family.  I think it's a great idea, and I think it's great that the books show homeschoolers in such a positive light.

There were a few things that I would have liked to have seen different.  First, the parents in the book are referred to by their first names.  Call me old-fashioned, but I still prefer that my kids call adults by Mr. and Mrs. 

Second, and here I go sounding like an old lady again, but I do not like the phrases Aidan uses throughout book.  He was always saying, "Freaky cool!" and "Freaky awesome!"  I know, I know, it's like saying "freaky" and "awesome" only together, but every time I read it, I thought of the way people always use the word "freakin'", which I hate, and, well, it just bugged me!  LOL  (Just a heads up in case you are an old fogey like me!")

Third, they left me hanging!  I mean, really!  They found this mysterious thing in the cave and I wanted to know what it was, and now I have to read the second book!  Tricky, I tell, you, tricky!   (The author says you can read the books out of order, but if they do this in all the books, I'd suggest reading them in the order they are written.)

So, what is my final take?  Well, first names and freaky aside, I still liked the book.  I mean, it was a fun, quick, read, and a great way to sneak in some learnin'. :)
Or you could just go across the country in an RV! 

~Crazy Mom

PS.  Did you notice anything about the kids' names?  I didn't until a few chapters in.  :)

1 comment:

  1. Aww, that's cute about the names. It took me a minute to figure it out. I thought you meant something connected with the last name. I need to tell my sister's sister since she named her son Aidan. I don't think she'll have anymore kids, but her son might want to consider Nadia for his daughter. :)


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