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Daydreams & Fairy Tales
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m working on an exciting new project- Daydreams & Fairy Tales: A Collection of Words and Images (Inspired by Mariah Carey’s album Daydream)– which will be available as an e-book October 3, 2014!
I’ve decided to share my progress with it along the way. This week was primarily research. I really do see it as a great learning opportunity! Every day I’m discovering something new about Daydreams & Fairy Tales. Some prove to be challenging but they just create excitement in how I’ll have to tackle them!
This week, I posted:
–New Releases: June 3, 2014– Read my reviews for:
My New Friend Is So Fun! by Mo Willems [***]
Ninja! by Arree Chung [**]
Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, Illustrated by Christian Robinson [***]- Absolutely adorable. A bulldog and a poodle are accidentally switched at birth and lead lives meant for the other. Then, one day, they meet. A delightful story of accepting other’s differences and what makes a family a family!
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:
Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla by Katherine Applegate, Illustrated by G. Brian Karas [***]
The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by Peter Sís [***]
–Celebrate This Week
Zoe’s Jungle by Bethanie Deeney Murguia [**]- This picture book is about an imaginative girl who enjoys exploring- and she doesn’t have to really go anywhere because her imagination is so strong! I was surprised this was actually the third book in this series.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton [****]
This is magical realism at its best. Touches of Charles Dicken, John Irving, and Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus but utterly original. This is not just the story of girl born with wings. It’s the epic heartbreaking and hopeful story of one family through the generations.
Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won [**]- An absolute cute story about what it takes to turn any frown upside down! The illustrations are great and very eye-catching!
The Insider’s Guide to Book Publishing Success by Eric Kampmann, Margot Atwell, and Sarah Lucie [***]i I found this book very informative. I wasn’t expecting it to be too concise and to go too in-depth but it gave me lots to think about.
The Star-Spangled Banner
by Francis Scott Key, Illustrated by Peter Spier [***]
Expect a review of this during my Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge post on Wednesday.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
This week, I’m reading Rita Williams-Garcia’s One Crazy Summer for our Family Book Club at work!
Have a great reading week!