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What Are You Reading? (93) #IMWAYR – May 4, 2014

04 May
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!

This week, I posted:

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday: Read my review for:

Eggs 1, 2, 3 by Janet Halfmann, Illustrated by Betsy Thompson [***]

Eggs 1, 2, 3 by Janet Halfmann, Illustrated by Betsy Thompson [***]


Reading Resolutions: April Update
Celebrate This Week: This week I celebrate possibilities, writing, and books! Includes reviews for:

A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna [**]- Translated from French, this oversized picture book isn't just a story about a lion finding himself- and finding out about himself- in a new city but a beautiful love letter to Paris.

A Lion in Paris by Beatrice Alemagna [**]- Translated from French, this oversized picture book isn’t just a story about a lion finding himself- and finding out about himself- in a new city but a beautiful love letter to Paris.

Where Do We Go When We Disappear? by Isabel Minhós Martins, Illustrated by Madalena Matoso [**]- A beautiful picture book that tackles the subject of death in smaller, easier to understand ways like rain puddles and sands on the beach. I had forgotten to include the book in this past week's NFPB challenge but this book is great for kids who are asking about it or as a way to introduce the topic gently to them.

Where Do We Go When We Disappear? by Isabel Minhós Martins, Illustrated by Madalena Matoso [**]- A beautiful picture book that tackles the subject of death in smaller, easier to understand ways like rain puddles and sands on the beach. I had forgotten to include the book in this past week’s NFPB challenge but this book is great for kids who are asking about it or as a way to introduce the topic gently to them.

-Yum! Yum! by Yusuke Yonezu [**] -Rainbow Chameleon by Yusuke Yonezu [***] -Guess What - Fruit? by Yusuke Yonezu [**] Absolutely adorable board books! Interactive elements will entertain even youngest readers. Lift the flaps to see a fruit change into an animal. Die cut holes allows readers to see what's being eaten. Rainbow Chameleon is probably my favorite of the bunch, reminding me of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, with a chameleon's danger-filled search for his friend!

-Yum! Yum! by Yusuke Yonezu [**]
-Rainbow Chameleon by Yusuke Yonezu [***]
-Guess What – Fruit? by Yusuke Yonezu [**]
Absolutely adorable board books! Interactive elements will entertain even youngest readers. Lift the flaps to see a fruit change into an animal. Die cut holes allows readers to see what’s being eaten. Rainbow Chameleon is probably my favorite of the bunch, reminding me of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, with a chameleon’s danger-filled search for his friend!

Hot Dog, Cold Dog by Frann Preston Gannon [**]- A fun book about opposites with beautiful illustrations. Lots of details to look at.

Hot Dog, Cold Dog by Frann Preston Gannon [**]- A fun book about opposites with beautiful illustrations. Lots of details to look at.

Naked! by Michael Ian Black, Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi [*]- Cute picture book about a boy who likes to be naked. The ending could have been better.

Naked! by Michael Ian Black, Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi [*]- Cute picture book about a boy who likes to be naked. The ending could have been better.


Expect reviews for these books during Wednesday’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge!

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

I’m still reading and enjoying John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. Hopefully I can finish it by Thursday evening when the Classics Book Club I’m reading it for meets!

Have a great reading week!

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7 responses to “What Are You Reading? (93) #IMWAYR – May 4, 2014

  1. Julee Murphy

    May 5, 2014 at 4:26 am

    I am wishing I had Rules of Summer, it might be a good one to read to kick off summer reading programs.

     
  2. Tara Smith

    May 5, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Road to Oz looks interesting – I have so many fans of “Wicked”, and this will definitely appeal to them.

     
  3. Holly Mueller

    May 5, 2014 at 10:03 am

    I saw A Lion in Paris at the bookstore and thought it was beautiful, but I didn’t get a chance to look through it. I’ll need to take the time to do that. Lots of good books! Happy reading!

     
  4. Beth Shaum (@BethShaum)

    May 5, 2014 at 10:44 am

    You read quite an assortment of books this week. When I looked at the cover of RULES OF SUMMER I immediately noted how odd it looked and before I even looked at the author thought, “That looks very reminiscent of Shaun Tan.” Glad to see my knack for guessing illustrators is spot on. 😉

     
  5. Linda Baie

    May 5, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I’d like to read Where Do We Go…, Earl. It seems like a good book to have in our library. And it’s wonderful to have so many biographies out now. Those final three you will review look terrific. Thanks for sharing so many books!

     
  6. Ricki Ginsberg

    May 5, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Thank you for including the review of Where Do We Go… It sounds like a book that is good for a specific time in many children’s lives. I will keep that in my arsenal in case I need it in the future. Hopefully, there won’t be a need for it. 😦

    I hope you have a great reading week!

     
  7. Myra GB

    May 5, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Oh wow, you have loads of picturebook biographies here! Will pin them in my board since I am slowly building a bibliography of PBBs for a conference presentation in November in Baltimore. That’s exciting. I am so envious that you already got to read Shaun Tan’s rules of summer. We still don’t have that one in our library here. Boohoo. 😦 I love European picturebooks – A Lion in Paris looks beautifully illustrated. Will be on the lookout for that one. 🙂 Have fun with Grapes of Wrath!

     

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