Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Iron Guy's 2014 Resolutions

Happy 2014!! Yes, I know it's halfway through January, but it's been since December since I've talked with you and I want to wish you a happy new one to all of you. Now, during January, grownups like to make resolutions--you know, promises to yourself to do things better in the new year. The Iron Guy is no exception and here are my resolutions:

Read more books for younger reader guys. I've realized that I haven't read many books for our younger guys, so I plan to take care of that.

Read more nonfiction. There are a LOT of really good nonfiction books on the library shelves and it's a shame not to let you know about them.

Read some Dan Gutman books. A lot of reader guys are absolutely crazy for Dan Gutman, especially his My Weird School series. I've read a few of his books, really liked one and have been so-so on the others. I want to try again and see what all the excitement is about.

Read the Origami Yoda books. All three were at the library recently and I checked them all out. A lot of guys like these books.

And one more--read the Boy-Girl Battle series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. I read the first one--the Boys Start the War--and really enjoyed it, so I want to read the rest of them.

All right, it looks like I've got my work cut out for me. Can I do it? HA! Of course! It may take the rest of the year, but how could anyone doubt the toughness and determination of the IRON GUY?


Ms. Yingling said...

Great ideas, Iron Guy! And you have completely perfected the imposing but not completely unfriendly brooding glare! Looks like you have some fun reading ahead.

Daniel Johnston said...

Dan Gutman! Oh man, I used to love his books. Especially the baseball card travel series; I must've read most of those books like twenty or thirty times.

He was going to come to my school and give a talk when I was fifth grade. He ended up not being able to, however, and he instead ending up recommending Gordon Korman. After that Korman replaced Gutman as my favorite kids book author.

Iron Guy Carl said...

Fun reading indeed! And, to tell the truth, I read only one DG book that I really liked--Qwerty Stevens: Stuck in Time with Benjamin Franklin. Ever hear of it?

Unknown said...

Iron Guy- great blog. My nephew has read most of these series and loves them all. I have a quick question about the readers you write for. Do they only read books where boys are the main characters, or do they care more that the book is fast-moving and action-filled? I'm asking because I know that MG girls read books with male protagonists all the time, but don't know if it goes both ways.

Unknown said...

Iron Guy- In your experience, are MG boys as open to reading books with female protagonists as MG girls are to reading ones with male protagonists? Is it about the main character, or the style of story?
Thanks for any insight.

Iron Guy Carl said...

Hey Pratt--sorry to have taken so long to get back to you. From what I've seen, MG boys love fast-paced and action-packed stories and it doesn't matter if the main character is a girl or not. I've seen a boys happily reading a Nancy Drew graphic novel. There are just more books with male protagonists, so I'm sure girls read more of those. BTW, would your nephew like to write in to our blog? We'd LOVE to hear from him!