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What Are You Reading? (89) #IMWAYR – April 6, 2014

06 Apr
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!

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

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

Busy days continue this week. Scheduled posts didn’t happen- and posts I’ve been meaning to write still haven’t been written. Posts were quickly churned out. And, I’ve only just caught up with commenting on other people’s blogs. I do try and make an effort to visit everyone’s blog who leaves a comment here.

I attended a reading for Tom Spanbauer’s latest novel I Loved You More. I’ve only seen him speak and never actually read any of his books although I’ve been meaning to. He seems to capture truths and writes them down. After he read the first chapter, he did a Q&A which tackled a variety of topics- how much of his books (and this one in particular) are autobiographical, his writing process, and how fiction is a way of telling the truth more honestly. His Dangerous Writing method sounds incredibly fascinating!

One of the things I shared on Facebook was the following: “I love being a bookseller! Busy day but there were definitely moments connecting with other readers! The last customers were from the England. The mom worked for a big publishing house. We shared our favorite books. I printed mine out for them. Kindred spirits!” I do love my job!

I’ve been (very) slowly making my way through The Artist’s Way and participating in a poem-a-day challenge. The following wasn’t part or it- more of a bonus- but I always wanted to tackle book spine poetry. Here’s what I came up with:

bookspine

This week, I posted:

Reading Resolutions: March Update– Includes Check Off Your Reading List and Must Read in 2014
This is All Prologue– Reading The Artist’s Way and participating in a Poem-A-Day writing challenge for April
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday
Celebrate This Week– Making a difference

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems [**]- Another installment in this hilarious series but, honestly, didn't enjoy it as much as the others!

The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems [**]- Another installment in this hilarious series but, honestly, didn’t enjoy it as much as the others!

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen [*]- A rambunctious Tyrannosaurus ruins other dinosaur's time with his behavior. This might be good for kids who act the same way to get them to see how it affects others.

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen [*]- A rambunctious Tyrannosaurus ruins other dinosaur’s time with his behavior. This might be good for kids who act the same way to get them to see how it affects others.

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires [***]- What a great book for kids who get frustrated when what they're working on doesn't come out as perfectly as they thought it would! Actually, this would be perfect for adults as well. I know I need to work on my tendency to want things to be perfect right off the bat!

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires [***]- What a great book for kids who get frustrated when what they’re working on doesn’t come out as perfectly as they thought it would! Actually, this would be perfect for adults as well. I know I need to work on my tendency to want things to be perfect right off the bat!

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood and Audrey Wood, Illustrated by Don Wood [**]- I finally decided to read this popular picture book and was not disappointed. Kids will most likely enjoy this after their initial reading once they figure out the narrator's style.

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood and Audrey Wood, Illustrated by Don Wood [**]- I finally decided to read this popular picture book and was not disappointed. Kids will most likely enjoy this after their initial reading once they figure out the narrator’s style.

What To Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley, Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham [***]- Click on the image to read the review!

What To Do About Alice? by Barbara Kerley, Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham [***]- Click on the image to read the review!

I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E. Cummings, Illustrated by Mati Rose McDonough [**]- Lovely poem and mixed-media collage illustrations.

I Carry Your Heart With Me by E.E. Cummings, Illustrated by Mati Rose McDonough [**]- Lovely poem and mixed-media collage illustrations.

1 to 20, Animals Aplenty by Katie Viggers  [**]- From the author of Almost An Animal Alphabet, Katie Viggers' latest picture book will have readers counting all the different types of animals in the book. Has some fun wordplay.

1 to 20, Animals Aplenty by Katie Viggers [**]- From the author of Almost An Animal Alphabet, Katie Viggers’ latest picture book will have readers counting all the different types of animals in the book. Has some fun wordplay.

The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach,  Illustrated by Kelly Murphy [**]- In this new early chapter series accompanying the middle reader novel Masterpiece, Marvin the artistic beetle is sad his human best friend James is going away on vacation. He worries they may not be friends when he gets back. As if that wasn't enough, Marvin and his cousin gets trapped inside an electric sharpener!

The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach, Illustrated by Kelly Murphy [**]- In this new early chapter series accompanying the middle reader novel Masterpiece, Marvin the artistic beetle is sad his human best friend James is going away on vacation. He worries they may not be friends when he gets back. As if that wasn’t enough, Marvin and his cousin gets trapped inside an electric sharpener!

Boris on the Move by Andrew Joyner [**]- Fans of Mercy Watson will enjoy the adventures of Boris, a warthog with a wild imagination. Short chapters, colored illustrations. At the end of each book are directions to make something related to the story. This was recommended to me by a kid!

Boris on the Move by Andrew Joyner [**]- Fans of Mercy Watson will enjoy the adventures of Boris, a warthog with a wild imagination. Short chapters, colored illustrations. At the end of each book are directions to make something related to the story. This was recommended to me by a kid!

How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon  [*]- Friendly lemurs follow a boy around. I like cute stuff but this story did nothing for. Of course, I'm not the target audience. The main character was unlikable.

How to Lose a Lemur by Frann Preston-Gannon [*]- Friendly lemurs follow a boy around. I like cute stuff but this story did nothing for. Of course, I’m not the target audience. The main character was unlikable.

A Gift for Mama by Linda Ravin Lodding, Illustrated by Alison Jay [**]- A sweet lovely story about a boy in search for the perfect birthday present for his mother. He finds one good thing after another given in exchange by various people he meets along the way. Alison Jay's crackle-glazed art is full of details if you look closely.

A Gift for Mama by Linda Ravin Lodding, Illustrated by Alison Jay [**]- A sweet lovely story about a boy in search for the perfect birthday present for his mother. He finds one good thing after another given in exchange by various people he meets along the way. Alison Jay’s crackle-glazed art is full of details if you look closely.

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

This week I’m reading The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy.

Have a great reading week!

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7 responses to “What Are You Reading? (89) #IMWAYR – April 6, 2014

  1. Julee Murphy

    April 6, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I have a few of these books in my library. The Boris book, What to Do About Alice, and the new The Most Magnificent Thing. I really enjoyed Magnificent Thing and plan to use it soon in a library lesson.

     
  2. carriegelson

    April 7, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Lots of picture books this week! I like the look of 1 to 20 Animals Aplenty. Glad you had the wonderful connection with your customer. 🙂

     
  3. The Styling Librarian

    April 7, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Quite a mix of * ** and ***… Loved Masterpiece so can’t wait to read The Miniature World of Marvin and James by Elise Broach… CAN’T wait to read The Pigeon Needs a Bath… The pigeon needs a puppy wasn’t my favorite…

     
  4. Linda Baie

    April 7, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I love your spine poem Earl-traveling & then home-couldn’t be nicer! And so many wonderful picture books-like the look of Tyrannosaurus Wrecks-funny! And The Most Magnificent Thing-imagine that will connect to many! Thanks much for all the reviews!

     
  5. Beth Shaum (@BethShaum)

    April 7, 2014 at 11:54 am

    I LOVED The Most Magnificent Thing. I completely agree with you that the message is for adults just as much as kids.

     
  6. Elisabeth Ellington

    April 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I’m going to have to order The Most Magnificent Thing to share with my perfectionist son. I haven’t loved the last couple of Pigeon books, but I know I’ll read Pigeon Needs a Bath anyway. I had ideas for posts all 7 days last week and only managed to write a couple of times. I wish posts took less time to develop and write!

     
  7. Myra GB

    April 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I Carry Your Heart with Me is one of my favourite ee cummings poem. I hope that the picturebook did it justice. Thanks for sharing that book spine poem as well. We have yet to do ours. I think I would enjoy The Most Magnificent Thing – I will be on the lookout for it. 🙂

     

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