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I checked out a couple exhibits this past week- one was all about Allen Say and the other was at Powell’s called by Paint by Author by Allison Bruns and Chris Haberman. They each made a portrait of 25 of their mot favorite writers, including these ones of Dr. Seuss.
Commitment to Literacy= 167 books to be donated
-Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
-Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems
-A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems
-The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems
-The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems
-The Duckling Gets a Cookie? by Mo Willems
Aside from Oliver Jeffers and Eric Carle, Mo Willems is another author/illustrator whose work I want to read the entirety of. I’ve read a couple of his stand alone picture books and saw him read Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. I started reading him for my A to Z Picture Book Series Reading Challenge and fell in love with his Elephant & Piggie series. I was glad the latest one A Big Guy Took My Ball! was a return to form because the last few seemed like same-old-same-old stuff. I like recommending him and I can’t believe I hadn’t read of the Pigeon books before. I knew the style but I still enjoyed them tremendously. Mo Willems has truly mastered the style of simple text but not a simplistic story. The Duckling is a great foil for him.
-“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” said the Sloth by Eric Carle [*]
-Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! by Eric Carle and Kazuo Iwamura [***- My Pick of the Week]
-Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle [*]
-10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle [*]
-The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse [*]
I’m making my way through Eric Carle’s bibliography. He continues to introduce new concepts and/or provide facts in interesting ways. Mister Seahorse is all about how certain male parent in the animal kingdom are the ones who take care of their offspring. I absolutely adored Where Are You Going? To See My Friend! It was so cool how the English and Japanese storylines merged and everything about it symbolized a great message of coming together despite the differences. Each contributor had their own style and I loved Eric Carle drawing in his other characters.
-The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky [***]- I picked up The Perks of Being a Wallflower and I stayed up all night reading it. Charlie was such a refreshing character. I was immediately drawn to him and his predicaments. The storytelling style seemed original too. There were definitely moments that got to me- and they weren’t just the sad parts (I had to stop reading it in public) but the good parts. I felt his happiness, his sense of infinite. But, oddly enough, I didn’t get a sense of oh this is one of my favorite books. It was like When You Reach Me that way. But I’m glad I read it. I’ll definitely recommend it and I can’t wait to watch the movie.
-Otis by Loren Long
-Otis and the Puppy by Loren Long
I picked up these books to prepare for my Read for the Record post. Read my review there.
-The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas by Tony Wilson, Illustrated by Sue deGennaro [**]- I picked this book up because our customers seemed so taken by it. I had to see what was catching their interest. It was a cute story of not being your typical princess.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
I’m still reading Dan Brown’s Inferno and hopefully will finish it this week so I can move on to the other novels I’ve started!