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This week, I posted:
-Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday- Read my review for:
-Celebrate This Week- This week, I’m celebrating bookish moments in my life. Read my reviews for:
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[***] Beautiful illustrations of what a home is and means to everyone. I enjoyed the touch of whimsy in this picture book.
[***] A super cute book about an owl who is ostracized for being different, namely for loving poetry. Great for compassion and poetry units. I appreciated that the verses recited in the picture book were identified at the end.
[**] Cute story about friendship. If the actual story is not as strong, the illustrations are too adorable to pass up.
This is a fun beginning chapter book with easy-to-read text and illustrations on every page. Even though Zack if from the future, travels in outer space, and interacts with aliens, his situations are very relatable which is another one of its appealing factors.
Theo and his uncle, whom he barely knows, move to Destiny, Florida at the tail end of the school year in 1974. It’s not easy for either of them but a surprise friendship with a girl who loves baseball as much as he does and clandestine opportunities to play piano makes Theo thinks this could be home. Conflict arises when the uncle thinks they should move elsewhere. Atypical characters with plenty of heart and humor make this a delightful read.
I wanted to like this book. I wanted to like the characters.
I just couldn’t.
I read this as part of my (Multnomah County Library) Everybody Reads challenge. I’ve never disliked a title they had chosen before until now. What makes me sad is how disappointing this book was! The only part I liked was all the Portland references.
I have nothing against books that depict life for what it is (both good and bad, wonderful and horrible) but books need to do more than that- provide some new insight or something.
But, because of my surprisingly strong dislike of it, I can’t wait to hear what others think!
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
I have an audio book I want to finish this week. Plus, I want to start Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan and The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds.
Have a great reading week!