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Another great reading week, mostly just picking up books that caught my eye!
-Perfectly Percy by Paul Schmid [**]
-Hugs from Pearl by Paul Schmid [*]
When I unpacked “Perfectly Percy,” I immediately thought it was too cute not to read! I love the concept: Percy is a porcupine who loves balloons. “But HAPPY little porcupines with balloons are soon SAD little porcupines.” Kids will enjoy how he solves this particular problem!
When I realized it was a sequel, I just had to read the first book. Percy’s older sister, Pearl, loves giving hugs so you can guess what the conflict is. Maybe if I had read this first, I would have liked it better but I didn’t and I don’t. But it’s still cute- if not as cute!
An added bonus from reading these books. Paul Schmid is from Seattle. I’m trying to read more local/regional authors!
-You Are Stardust by Elin Kelsey, Illustrated by Soyeon Kim [**]- An incredibly beautiful picture book that introduces kids to atoms and how everything in the world is connected to one another. The mixed media illustrations are delightful! [Non-Fiction]
I saw this awesome video while checking out Elin Kelsey’s site. The video is called “We Are Star Dust” from Symphony of Science!
-Infinity & Me by Kate Hosford and Gabi Swiatkowska [*]- This was on display at our store and seemed fairly popular. And, because I’m trying to read more non-fiction picture books as well, I decided to check this out. This will get younger readers thinking about what infinity means to them but in a way that won’t terrify them or drive them insane! [Non-Fiction]
-Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle [*]
-The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle [*]
-Do You Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle [*]
Another trio of Eric Carle books. I’m really enjoying discovering his work for the first time. His books always seem to be vibrant and colorful even when the story’s about pancakes or the life of a seed. “Do You Want to Be My Friend?” is a great example of how to use page turns to create suspense. Plus, I learned that a wordless picture book like this is just one way to get kids ready to read since it introduces them the concept of a left-to-right linear sequence.
-Benny’s Brigade by Arthur Bradford, Illustrated by Lisa Hanawalt [*]- With its quirky story and fantastical illustrations, I can understand why this was one of the wildest children’s books of 2012!
-Sky High by Germano Zullo and Albertine [*]- This stood out because it’s one of those tall books. It’s a simple but amusing story of two people trying to outdo one another. Lots of details.
-Ten Little Indians by Sherman Alexie [**- My Pick of the Week]- I can’t believe how much I enjoyed this collection of short stories! Each one seemed to be better than the last! You can read my review here.
-The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman, Illustrated by Dave McKean [*]- This was recommended by a customer because it’s about conquering one’s fears. While the illustrations were unique, I’ve got to say I still haven’t read a book by Neil Gaiman that I actually like.
-I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail by Ramsingh Urveti [*]- This was a unique book that I picked up since it was on display at the library. The illustrations are exquisite and I was introduced to the trick verse.
-The Onion’s Great Escape by Sara Fanelli [**]- This was the last of the five wildest books of 2012 that I read. The reader has to help an onion escape the frying pan by answering questions that require a bit of reflection. A section of each page can be torn revealing a liberated and grateful onion. Definitely worth a look! Check out the trailer here.
-My Brother’s Book by Maurice Sendak [*]- Not a children’s book although some of his children’s books are similar, this is a touching tribute to his brother- really, to anyone’s who has lost someone they love.
-Up, Tall and High by Ethan Long [*]- The latest recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, this reminds me of Mo Willem’s Elephant and Piggie books. Great for beginning readers. They’ll enjoy the mini “lessons”presented here. (Theodor Seuss Geisel Award)
My Rating Scale
X= Skip it!
*= Liked it
Commitment to Literacy= 40 books to be donated
I’m going to try and not read too many books this week since I really need to focus on my writing! I did pick up “Arsenic and Old Puzzles” by Parnell Hall and I also started “Letters to a Young Teacher” by Jonathan Kozol.