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This week, I posted:
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:
Francis and Eddie by Brad Herzog, Illustrated by Zachary Pullen [***]
Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renée Watson, Christian Robinson [***]
Celebrate This Week
– Live a life of love. Let that be the legacy we leave.
Comics Squad: Recess! By Various [***]- Fun! Ever since the editors broke the news on Twitter in such a unique and hilarious way, I wanted to read this. Kids will enjoy reading shorter adventures of their favorite characters and meeting new ones. My favorite was definitely Gene Luen Yang’s! I’m glad there’ll be more!
B Is for Box by David A. Carter [**]- David Carter is a big name in the pop-up and interactive novelty book world. This is a cute addition in the Happy Little Yellow Box series that makes learning the alphabet fun for the young, curious readers.
Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop [***]- This isn’t supposed to be out until September but a big-chain bookstore had it on their shelves already. How can independent bookstores compete when the bigger competitions don’t have any problem not following rules? I will keep my review until closer to the publication date! I can’t wait to have this title in our store!
Touch the Red Button by Alex A. Lluch [X]- I’m not even going to give this one star. And I’m going to follow the adage: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Read Press Here instead.
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll [**]- The art is what attracted me to this graphic novel collection of short stories aimed for teens. The cover alone is worth the price. Through the Woods reminds me of Alvin Schwartz’s Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. There’s a lot of open-endedness, leaving much to be interpreted. The mood was haunting. “His Face All Red” was my favorite of the bunch. I would actually give this collection 2.5 stars but I can see how others will like this more.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes [****]- Once more, a return to Narnia… Familiar faces return. New characters are introduced. Having this story take place mostly on a ship and the islands they encounter sets it apart from the other books. It had more of a quest feel to it. I also found this installment slightly more gruesome in parts which is odd considering the other books were about war. The religious aspects were also more apparent here. I’m actually interested to read more about this (and C.S. Lewis’ life and beliefs, in general) after I finish the series.
Hello, My Name is Octicorn by Kevin Diller, Illustrated by Justin Lowe [***]- This may be a local title, for now, but this is a laugh-out-loud introduction to this “half unicorn, half octopus, half confused” creature. The illustrator stopped by our store to drop off copies. He was super nice. We sold 75% of the inventory the next day. It helps to be nice to booksellers! Click on the cover to go to their website!
The Queen of Colors by Jutta Bauer [*]- Queen Matilda has complete control of her colorful subjects until one day a quarrel with Yellow gets out of control and leaves everything a drab gray. An artistic look about our different moods, of getting along, and how something good can come from sadness.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
I have quite a lot of reviews for this week’s Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge.
I’m currently reading:
– Of Giants and Ice by Shelby Bach- middle reader fantasy; for work, Family Book Club, local author
– Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson- adult novel that’s getting a lot of buzz, local author
– The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis- for my Summer of Narnia Reading Challenge
One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva- YA novel
Have a great reading week!