Earlier this summer I picked up a sewing machine from a garage sale for $3. I'd been looking at this shark hoodie tutorial over at See Kate Sew, and I thought it would be a great place to start. Perhaps it's because it's been approximately 15 years since I've even attempted to sew anything, or because I was using a sewing machine that was circa 1974, or maybe it's just because I was never actually good at sewing, but the project quickly went south. The idea was super cute, but I gave up on sewing it after breaking my second needle and just hot glued the shark teeth to the gray hoodie.
|He does the shark face pretty well. Don't you think?|
How I Became A Pirate has 108 five-star reviews on Amazon for a reason. It's a great book. And, of course, it has a lot of opportunities for funny voices ("Shiver me timbers!", "landlubber", "scurvy dog", and "aargh"), so Liam likes it. Unfortunately, Liam inherited his mother's attention span, so he gets kind of bored in the middle, but I'm usually able to bring him back in with the voices. (I'm certainly not ready for Broadway, but I am getting pretty good at funny voices, if I do say so myself.)
We picked up Shark Trouble! in the 99 cent bin at a used book store in a nearby town. I thought it was funny that the book had the tag line, "Originally Published as Yummy Yummy! Food for My Tummy!". It was definitely in the 99 cent bin for a reason. It's not destined to become a classic that Liam will read to his children, but he does giggle when I read the chorus, "Yummy, yummy! Food for my tummy!" in my shark voice. Overall, it's not a bad book for 99 cents.