I do think you can experience something fully. Even if you don’t have the words to describe it. There are some things where you have the most amazing experiences but you cant put it into words. Or sometimes you might see a piece of art but not be able to describe it.

I think we aim to improve our vocabulary because we need to know words. They are a part of everyday life and we may even need them to explain an experience.

I do think there is a connection between the development of our vocabulary and emotions. If you cant explain an emotion, it doesn’t seem as full. If you know how to discribe an emotion, than it is easier to feel.

Guys Read: Funny Business

The next book I chose to post about was a fiction short story book called Guys Read: Funny Business By Mac Barnett, Eoin Colfer, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo & Jon Scieszka, Paul Feig, Jack Gantos, Jeff Kinney, David Lubar,Adam Rex, and David Yoo. I chose this book because I love the Guys Read series. All of their books are so good. This book is a compilation of humorous short stories.

My favorite story in this book was probably My Parents Give My Bedroom to a Biker, by Paul Feig. It is about a kid who accidentally breaks his mom’s glass china cabinet window and gets in a lot of trouble. The fact that he had been on bad behavior before just made the problem worse. So, his parent gave his room away to a motorcycle biker. They made the kid sleep in a tent in the backyard and told him that in a week, he had to leave the house and find a new home! The kid later realized that his parents, the biker, and his buddies had been possessed by aliens and that the aliens were planning to take over the world. Later, the kid “called the army”, and saved the world.

Another one of my favorite stories was A Fistful of Feathers, by David Yoo. It was the story about a boy whose his dad thinks he’s too “girly”, because he is always doing things like  drawing nature scenes instead of gun battles, and he has an imaginary friend who is a girl. Also, he is a vegetarian, and his dad hates that. His dad wants him to become more manly, so to do this the dad gets a live turkey to kill and eat for Thanksgiving. The boy thinks his dad is going to make him shoot it, to make him into a “man”. It turns out that the turkey is really smart, and could dance, and play simple games like passing a ball with the parents. The boy never really liked the turkey, never had a good feeling about it, so he never played with it because of this. Eventually the boy finds out that the turkey can talk. The boy becomes scared of it because once, when he was outside alone with it, it said “DIE!”. He thought the turkey was out to get him. Several more similar incidents happened, and one night the turkey went to the boy’s room, and looked him right in the eye and said “DIE!” again. At this point the boy thought that the turkey was planning to eat him for Thanksgiving dinner. He tries to convince his parents that this was the turkey’s plan, but they won’t listen to him. In the end his dad kills the turkey, and they cook it and have it for Thanksgiving. That Thanksgiving was when the boy learned to carve a turkey and was the first full meal the boy ate with meat.

My favorite character in the book is Ernest. He was in another story,  but I just had to pick him. He is super weird and quirky and he doesn’t have any friends. That problem is soon solved though and this is why I like him so much. He tells everyone in his grade that he won a sweepstakes and that he gets to go to a Nesquik factory. He also tells everyone that he can bring one friend and this makes everyone be nice to him. In my opinion, this is a clever plan and he is pretty smart.

I really liked this book because of how silly it was. I don’t usually like things that are too silly, but this one was super silly and it still managed to be good. I would really recommend reading it. Especially to people who like lighter topics that are still good.

This book is similar to any other humorous short-story book or any of the other books in the Guys Read series. They are all short-story books with a light mood.

The last question is “What do you think the main idea or theme of this story is? What is the author trying to tell you about life or our world with this book?”. I can’t answer that question because all the stories are different and all the authors are different.




There are many things I hold dear to me. One is a small glass pig that I got for Christmas. It is special to me because when I got it, I loved pigs! They were the best. My next special item is a tent. It is an igloo tent that I would go to when I didn’t want to be “in the house”, even though it was in my room. Or when I didn’t want to be with my parents. Another one of my prize possessions is my camera. It is special to me because I love photography. It is my passion and I don’t know what I would do without my camera. But my most prized possession is Bear. I know it isn’t the most creative name for a bear stuffy, but I don’t care. I have had him for ever. I cant even remember when I got him and that is why I love him so much.


I have witnessed many ordinary acts of heroism, but the best one was probably when I was at the Woman’s March in downtown SF. I was marching with my family when I noticed a homeless man struggling with his shopping cart. Suddenly, he tripped and fell along with his cart. A group of people ran over and helped him up they picked up his stuff, made sure he was ok, and gave him an umbrella. It was pretty awesome to see. Another time was when my Aiden’s dog ran into the street. Aiden’s mom ran after her and picked her up right when a car came rolling down the street.

A couple things that I have done where I’ve stood up for someone or did something admirable are; when I went to Smash Burger with my mom and there was this homeless guy. I think he was a veteran He is always there asking for food, so we bought him an extra burger and a coke. Another time was at my old school. My friend got in trouble for laughing at my joke and for telling it to everyone. When the teacher called him out, I told them that it was all my fault and we both got in trouble. I don’t think it was fair.

I have a lot of people I admire but one of them is Bill Gates. He is successful, rich, smart, and famous. Also, he isn’t one of those rich jerks that think their the king of everything. He is actually a super nice guy and does a lot of things for charity.

Book Thief: Parts 2&3 Blog Post

Some of the books and films I have seen about the Nazi Germany are Farewell to Manzanar, Hacksaw Ridge, and The Book Thief. In the book, Farewell to Manzanar, the Japanese girl and her family have a horrible life in an internment camp because the US doesn’t trust her dad. I found it really interesting how in the camp, they only had 4 bathrooms for the 200 people there were. Plus, they were all in one tent without any separators. The lives of Jews in Nazi Germany were awful. They were thrown into concentration camps and many were slaughtered there. Non-Jews, on the other hand, were either put to work for making weapons and war supplies, having to dig graves and bury their own, or testing weapons.


One of my favorite children’s books was Harold and the Purple Crayon. I enjoyed this book so much because it is so imaginative. It kind of looked like a little kid drew it but a way but with a crayon texture. Also, it was all in purple! I think the author wrote this story for children because the main character is someone who they can relate to. The moral of the story is that if you put your mind to it you can do anything.


In my opinion, family can include people you are not related to! I have friends who I am so close with we feel related. Also, when someone has a girlfriend or boyfriend, technically, they aren’t related by their genes but they feel related. Some families also include a dog which isn’t an actual family member but is considered one.

When I was in a movie theater, there was a trailer for a movie called A Dog’s Purpose. The movie is about a dog who dies a bunch and reincarnates as a new dog every time. The dog is originally part a family who cared for him and loved him like one of their own. This is a good example of my point. Also, I read a book a couple years ago called Brixton Brothers and even though it was called Brixton Brothers the two main characters were just best friends not family.