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My 13-day streak of working and volunteering ended this week so I’m relieved. I helped organize our Friends of the Library Annual Meeting. We had a great speaker- the librarian of the rare books room- and we saw a signed Charles Dickens rejection letter to an aspiring writer and also a very rare copy of A Russian edition pop-up Pinocchio with sound elements.
I wrote about R.J. Palacio’s Wonder again, a year after I originally did. This is a wonderful book to read if you haven’t yet.
Commitment to Literacy= 181 books to be donated
-City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems, Illustrated by Jon J. Muth [**]
-Leonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems [**]
-Edwina, the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems [**]
I was familiar with the storyline for City Dog, Country Frog because a customer got emotional after reading it. She was buying it as a present for her mom. Jon Muth’s illustrations really impressed her, especially when the dog gave a very froggy smile. All three books were cute and fit in his style of simple yet not simplistic.
-At Our House by Isabel Minhos Martins, Illustrated by Madalena Matoso [**]-Get ready for some numbers fun! Go on a counting adventure that will have kids wanting to see how many heads, noses, fingers, toes there are at their house, their school, anywhere! Fun facts about the human body can be found at the end of this beautifully illustrated book.
-Desmond and the Very Mean Word by Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, Illustrated by A.G. Ford [***]-Based on a real-life experience- and perhaps something everyone has gone through, this wonderful story captures the beauty and ugliness of what the world has to offer. After being told a very mean word by a bunch of kids, Desmond must decide if he can take Father Trevor’s advice to forgive those who have hurt us or to get back at them. Expressive illustrations.
-Meeow and the Big Box by Sebastien Braun [**]
-Meeow and the Pots and Pans by Sebastien Braun [**]
-Meeow and the Little Chairs by Sebastien Braun [**]
Meeow is a clever cat who likes to make things. A fun guessing game of a story that teaches kids colors and lets them think outside the box.
-Drawing from Memory by Allen Say [***- My Pick of the Week]- What a life! I love the different styles that were found in his memoir- picture book, photographs, drawings, and graphic novel illustrations. Very impressive.
-The Fathers Are Coming Home by Margaret Wise Brown, Illustrated by Stephen Savage [*]- This was a never published work by Margaret Wise Brown about fathers of all sorts coming home. Stephen Savage’s illustrations add a wonderful retro and pleasing feel.
-Artful Reading by Bob Raczka [**]- This is a collection of paintings of people reading with a short write up of how each artist was a reader and/or writer
-Downpour by Emily Martin, Illustrated by Mara Shaughnessy [*]- Another hedgehog picture book. The colors from the red poppies begin to run off into the world. Images of red things are kind of disturbing considering the latest Game of Thrones episode, The Red Wedding.
-Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen, Illustrated by Kristina Swarner [***]- Sometimes the world is a horrible dark place and we need a book like this to remind them there are still good people everywhere doing good things in the world everyday.
-How To by Julie Morstad [*]- I saw this title on a few #IMWAYR posts so I requested it from the library. It’s a fun imaginative “instructional” picture book.
-Mouse Bird Snake Wolf by David Almond, Illustrated by Dave McKean [**]- The cover caught my eye. In fact, all the illustrations were striking. In this rather dark fable, we have a bunch of kids imagining things into existence while the gods nap. At first I thought it’d be too scary for the intended audience but all fairy tales seem to have dark elements.
-The Lost [and Found] Balloon by Celeste Jenkins, Illustrated by Maria Bogade [*]- This is a cute lyrical picture book about a girl releasing a balloon into the world with a message attached to it. Where it finally lands is a nice surprise.
-The World Is Waiting for You by Barbara Kerley [**]-In this great photo book, National Geographic gives kids the opportunity to discover the possibilities and wonders awaiting them if they choose to seek them! The positive message will surely inspire readers to discover the world around them! Short bios of the explorers featured in the book are provided in the back.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
One of my goals in June is to finally finish Jose Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere and Jasper Fforde’s The Woman Who Died A Lot but I keep finding other books to read! I just picked up John Grisham’s Theodore Boone: The Actvist.