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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #30

The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

Read to Your Bunny by Rosemary Wells [**]

Read to Your Bunny by Rosemary Wells [**]


This sweet little poem encourages adults to read to youngsters. The importance of doing so is discussed a little bit after the message.

Who Did It?: Who Farted? Who Burped? Who Pooped? Who Peed? Who Sneezed? by Ohara Hale [***]

Who Did It?: Who Farted? Who Burped? Who Pooped? Who Peed? Who Sneezed? by Ohara Hale [***]


Fans of Taro Gomi’s Everyone Poops will find this board book set hilarious and entertaining. Sneezing, burping, farting, peeing, pooping- we all do them and these books tell kids why and some good mannered ways to deal with them!

 

What Are You Reading? (105) #IMWAYR – July 27, 2014

Thanks to Book Journey for starting this whole thing!

Thanks to Book Journey for starting this whole thing!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Please like The Chronicles Of A Children's Book Writer Facebook page!

Please like The Chronicles Of A Children’s Book Writer Facebook page!

Daydreams & Fairy Tales: A Collection of Words and Images (Inspired by Mariah Carey's album Daydream) will be available as an e-book October 3, 2014! (This is a picture of my notebook for it, not the cover!)

Daydreams & Fairy Tales: A Collection of Words and Images (Inspired by Mariah Carey’s album Daydream) will be available as an e-book October 3, 2014! (This is a picture of my notebook for it, not the cover!)

If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IMWAYR when sharing your link!

This week, I posted:

-Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday- Read my reviews for:


-Celebrate This Week- This week I’m celebrating trying and the book Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff! Read my review for:
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff [*****]

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff [*****]

A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker, Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton [**]

A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker, Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton [**]


Bonny Becker’s Bear and Mouse books have been quite popular and it only took the latest installment for me to try it out. Bear has all the books he needs so he doubts he’ll enjoy going to the library with mouse. But of course a library is more than just books and Bear is in for a surprise!

A bookseller saw me reading this book and she gushed over A Visitor for Bear so I just had to read it. It’s cute but Mouse seemed like a mooch to me.

My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown [**]- Peter Brown is another one of those authors that everyone but me seems to love. Not that I don't like his books- because I do- and it's not that I don't like his illustrations- because I do- but I'm just not that crazy over him. I do recommend his books a lot though like I'm sure I will with this book!

My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown [**]- Peter Brown is another one of those authors that everyone but me seems to love. Not that I don’t like his books- because I do- and it’s not that I don’t like his illustrations- because I do- but I’m just not that crazy over him. I do recommend his books a lot though like I’m sure I will with this book!

Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown [*]- Definitely not as good as the other books in the series. Maybe my not having watched the movies made me like it less since I didn't get all the references. Some of the rhyming was so bad I had to reread the lines to make sure I was reading the right words.

Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown [*]- Definitely not as good as the other books in the series. Maybe my not having watched the movies made me like it less since I didn’t get all the references. Some of the rhyming was so bad I had to reread the lines to make sure I was reading the right words.

Andrew Draws by David McPhail [**]- This picture book has cute illustrations and lots of heart an humor. I didn't like the ending. (Oh, at first, I thought this was a reprint of Barney Saltzberg's Andrew Drew and Drew!)

Andrew Draws by David McPhail [**]- This picture book has cute illustrations and lots of heart an humor. I didn’t like the ending. (Oh, at first, I thought this was a reprint of Barney Saltzberg’s Andrew Drew and Drew!)

For my Summer of Narnia Reading Challenge:

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes [***]- This has been the bleakest Narnia yet. Some scenes seemed to have no end in sight. It may be because none of the Pevensies were in this book so I didn't really care about the characters all that much. And, a piece of furniture as a source of evil? Puh-lease! Despite all that, this was entertaining- as part of a larger story. At some parts, C.S. Lewis' writing seemed to have improved. I loved the speech in the cave about beliefs. And, Puddleglum was quite hilarious in an Eeyore (of Winnie-the-Pooh) and Sheldon (of The Big Bang Theory) way.

The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes [***]- This has been the bleakest Narnia yet. Some scenes seemed to have no end in sight. It may be because none of the Pevensies were in this book so I didn’t really care about the characters all that much. And, a piece of furniture as a source of evil? Puh-lease!
Despite all that, this was entertaining- as part of a larger story. At some parts, C.S. Lewis’ writing seemed to have improved. I loved the speech in the cave about beliefs.
And, Puddleglum was quite hilarious in an Eeyore (of Winnie-the-Pooh) and Sheldon (of The Big Bang Theory) way.

Expect a review of this book on Wednesday:

Read to Your Bunny by Rosemary Wells [**]

Read to Your Bunny by Rosemary Wells [**]

Rating Scale
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

As always, I’m hoping to finish another Narnia book and another nonfiction picture book and hopefully the selection for the Family Book Club.

Have a great reading week!

 

Celebrate This Week- July 26, 2014

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

This week I’m celebrating trying and the book Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff!

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff [*****]

Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff [*****]


I was almost hesitant to read this middle reader novel because it was so highly praised by so many people. I felt I was going to end up wasting my time reading a book just to be on the same bandwagon. But I’m glad I picked this up! I absolutely loved it!

Albie is a fifth grader who feels like he’s not quite good enough for anything nor for everyone. The world is complicated with adults who don’t understand and kids who mistreat those who are different from them. But along the way he meets people who are “caring and thoughtful and good” just like himself.

There are many elements in this book that make it accessible and relatable. This will be a great book to have alongside R.J. Palacio’s Wonder, Kevin Henkes’ A Year of Billy Miller and Tim Federle’s Better Nate than Ever of various kinds of being different from a boy’s perspective.

Readers will be rooting for Albie!

Another thing I loved about this book was that nobody’s perfect but everyone is doing their darndest. It’s something we can all try and remember. Sometimes we need to tell ourselves that. I know I have to remind myself constantly to try and let that be okay.

I try to be a good person in relations to my family and friends and to others I may encounter. But sometimes I’m grumpy and irritated and not as nice as I can be.

I try to take better care of myself. But sometimes I eat more tater tots than I should.

I try to be a good bookseller but it’s true: so many books, so little time. And, sometimes I get overwhelmed with everything else I have to do on top of that!

I try to achieve my goal of being a writer. But sometimes I get intimidated or self-conscious.

Sometimes, I feel like not even trying. But we’ll never get anywhere or know what we’re capable of if we don’t even try.

What are you celebrating this week?

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #29

The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

Firefly July by Paul B. Janeczko, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet [***]

Firefly July by Paul B. Janeczko, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet [***]


In this collection of short poems, readers are treated to very evocative language paired with stunning mixed media illustrations.

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox, Illustrated by Brian Floca [***]

Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox, Illustrated by Brian Floca [***]


This is one book I had passed over when it first came out for whatever reason. Now, after having read it, I am delighted and fascinated not only by the story of the elephant seal who found her way home multiple times but by the animals themselves and how they’re helping explore our underwater environment!

We, the People by Peter Spier [***]

We, the People by Peter Spier [***]


Like The Star-Spangled Banner, this re-issue is chock-full of great illustrations and information including the complete Constitution, its history, and a roster of its signers. Great to have in any library.

The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening by Chris Raschka [***]

The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening by Chris Raschka [***]


Claiming to be from Saturn, Sun Ra was definitely an out-of-this world character. Although he may have marched to a different beat, whose to say he was crazy? What’s wrong with looking past people’s skin colors? What’s wrong with not participating in war? I love this quote: You may think that it is gravity that holds us all together but it is not- it is music.”

I am not a fan of Chris Raschka’s art, I’m sorry to say, but it works well here.

 

What Are You Reading? (104) #IMWAYR – July 20, 2014

Thanks to Book Journey for starting this whole thing!

Thanks to Book Journey for starting this whole thing!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Please like The Chronicles Of A Children's Book Writer Facebook page!

Please like The Chronicles Of A Children’s Book Writer Facebook page!

Daydreams & Fairy Tales: A Collection of Words and Images (Inspired by Mariah Carey's album Daydream) will be available as an e-book October 3, 2014! (This is a picture of my notebook for it, not the cover!)

Daydreams & Fairy Tales: A Collection of Words and Images (Inspired by Mariah Carey’s album Daydream) will be available as an e-book October 3, 2014! (This is a picture of my notebook for it, not the cover!)

If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IMWAYR when sharing your link!

This week, I posted:

-Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday- Read my reviews for:


-Celebrate This Week- Live a life of love. Let that be the legacy we leave.

Comics Squad: Recess! By Various [***]- Fun! Ever since the editors broke the news on Twitter in such a unique and hilarious way, I wanted to read this. Kids will enjoy reading shorter adventures of their favorite characters and meeting new ones. My favorite was definitely Gene Luen Yang's! I'm glad there'll be more!

Comics Squad: Recess! By Various [***]- Fun! Ever since the editors broke the news on Twitter in such a unique and hilarious way, I wanted to read this. Kids will enjoy reading shorter adventures of their favorite characters and meeting new ones. My favorite was definitely Gene Luen Yang’s! I’m glad there’ll be more!

B Is for Box by David A. Carter [**]- David Carter is a big name in the pop-up and interactive novelty book world. This is a cute addition in the Happy Little Yellow Box series that makes learning the alphabet fun for the young, curious readers.

B Is for Box by David A. Carter [**]- David Carter is a big name in the pop-up and interactive novelty book world. This is a cute addition in the Happy Little Yellow Box series that makes learning the alphabet fun for the young, curious readers.

Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop [***]- This isn't supposed to be out until September but a big-chain bookstore had it on their shelves already. How can independent bookstores compete when the bigger competitions don't have any problem not following rules? I will keep my review until closer to the publication date! I can't wait to have this title in our store!

Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop [***]- This isn’t supposed to be out until September but a big-chain bookstore had it on their shelves already. How can independent bookstores compete when the bigger competitions don’t have any problem not following rules? I will keep my review until closer to the publication date! I can’t wait to have this title in our store!

Touch the Red Button by Alex A. Lluch [X]- I'm not even going to give this one star. And I'm going to follow the adage: If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. Read Press Here instead.

Touch the Red Button by Alex A. Lluch [X]- I’m not even going to give this one star. And I’m going to follow the adage: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Read Press Here instead.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll [**]-  	The art is what attracted me to this graphic novel collection of short stories aimed for teens. The cover alone is worth the price. Through the Woods reminds me of Alvin Schwartz's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. There's a lot of open-endedness, leaving much to be interpreted. The mood was haunting. "His Face All Red" was my favorite of the bunch. I would actually give this collection 2.5 stars but I can see how others will like this more.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll [**]- The art is what attracted me to this graphic novel collection of short stories aimed for teens. The cover alone is worth the price. Through the Woods reminds me of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. There’s a lot of open-endedness, leaving much to be interpreted. The mood was haunting. “His Face All Red” was my favorite of the bunch.
I would actually give this collection 2.5 stars but I can see how others will like this more.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes [****]- Once more, a return to Narnia... Familiar faces return. New characters are introduced. Having this story take place mostly on a ship and the islands they encounter sets it apart from the other books. It had more of a quest feel to it. I also found this installment slightly more gruesome in parts which is odd considering the other books were about war. The religious aspects were also more apparent here. I'm actually interested to read more about this (and C.S. Lewis' life and beliefs, in general) after I finish the series.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes [****]- Once more, a return to Narnia… Familiar faces return. New characters are introduced.
Having this story take place mostly on a ship and the islands they encounter sets it apart from the other books. It had more of a quest feel to it.
I also found this installment slightly more gruesome in parts which is odd considering the other books were about war.
The religious aspects were also more apparent here. I’m actually interested to read more about this (and C.S. Lewis’ life and beliefs, in general) after I finish the series.

Hello, My Name is Octicorn by Kevin Diller, Illustrated by Justin Lowe [***]- This may be a local title, for now, but this is a laugh-out-loud introduction to this "half unicorn, half octopus, half confused" creature. The illustrator stopped by our store to drop off copies. He was super nice. We sold 75% of the inventory the next day. It helps to be nice to booksellers! Click on the cover to go to their website!

Hello, My Name is Octicorn by Kevin Diller, Illustrated by Justin Lowe [***]- This may be a local title, for now, but this is a laugh-out-loud introduction to this “half unicorn, half octopus, half confused” creature. The illustrator stopped by our store to drop off copies. He was super nice. We sold 75% of the inventory the next day. It helps to be nice to booksellers! Click on the cover to go to their website!

The Queen of Colors by Jutta Bauer [*]- Queen Matilda has complete control of her colorful subjects until one day a quarrel with Yellow gets out of control and leaves everything a drab gray. An artistic look about our different moods, of getting along, and how something good can come from sadness.

The Queen of Colors by Jutta Bauer [*]- Queen Matilda has complete control of her colorful subjects until one day a quarrel with Yellow gets out of control and leaves everything a drab gray. An artistic look about our different moods, of getting along, and how something good can come from sadness.

Rating Scale
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

I have quite a lot of reviews for this week’s Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge.

I’m currently reading:
-Of Giants and Ice by Shelby Bach- middle reader fantasy; for work, Family Book Club, local author
-Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson- adult novel that’s getting a lot of buzz, local author
-The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis- for my Summer of Narnia Reading Challenge
One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva- YA novel

Have a great reading week!

 

Celebrate This Week- July 19, 2014

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

Thanks to Ruth Ayers of Discover. Play. Build. for creating this meme!

I had something else I was going to celebrate this week but I just found out one of my former bosses passed away. I really didn’t think it would affect me as much as it is since we hadn’t talked to one another in years and we’ve succumbed to receiving the occasional updates on Facebook.

We worked together at Day by Day Calendar Co., which was a subdivision of Borders. That was my first job since moving to Portland- and it was going to be my first holiday on my own. He was nice enough to invite me over to their place for Thanksgiving, even picking me up during one of the worst snowstorm in recent years.

That’s what I’ll remember about him. His kindness knew no limits and he gave it to everyone. He loved his wife and son. He loved his friends. He loved people.

His death is a reminder that nothing in life is guaranteed to us. Live a life of love. Let that be the legacy we leave.

William, rest in peace.

What- or who- are you celebrating this week?

 

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday #28

The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

The Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge is hosted by Alyson over at Kid Lit Frenzy.

Francis and Eddie by Brad Herzog, Illustrated by Zachary Pullen [***]

Francis and Eddie by Brad Herzog, Illustrated by Zachary Pullen [***]

A surprisingly delightful read! Even if you don’t like sports (I don’t) or if you’re not particularly a fan of the illustrations (I’m not), you can’t help but get caught up in this uplifting, feel-good story about two underdogs and the game of golf.

Harlem's Little Blackbird by Renée Watson, Christian Robinson [***]

Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renée Watson, Christian Robinson [***]


A biography of a life whose talent is overshadowed only by her generosity, who used her vocal talents not only to stir souls with her songs but to speak out against injustice… Once you read Florence Mills’ story, you’d wish there were some audio and video to go along with this picture book!

 
 
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