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This week, I posted:
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:
Firefly July by Paul B. Janeczko, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet [***]
Elizabeth, Queen of the Seas by Lynne Cox, Illustrated by Brian Floca [***]
We, the People by Peter Spier [***]
The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra: The Sound of Joy Is Enlightening by Chris Raschka [***]
Celebrate This Week
– This week I’m celebrating trying and the book
by Lisa Graff! Read my review for:
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff [*****]
A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker, Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton [**]
A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker, Illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton [**]
Bonny Becker’s Bear and Mouse books have been quite popular and it only took the latest installment for me to try it out. Bear has all the books he needs so he doubts he’ll enjoy going to the library with mouse. But of course a library is more than just books and Bear is in for a surprise!
A bookseller saw me reading this book and she gushed over
A Visitor for Bear so I just had to read it. It’s cute but Mouse seemed like a mooch to me.
My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown [**]- Peter Brown is another one of those authors that everyone but me seems to love. Not that I don’t like his books- because I do- and it’s not that I don’t like his illustrations- because I do- but I’m just not that crazy over him. I do recommend his books a lot though like I’m sure I will with this book!
Goodnight Darth Vader by Jeffrey Brown [*]- Definitely not as good as the other books in the series. Maybe my not having watched the movies made me like it less since I didn’t get all the references. Some of the rhyming was so bad I had to reread the lines to make sure I was reading the right words.
Andrew Draws by David McPhail [**]- This picture book has cute illustrations and lots of heart an humor. I didn’t like the ending. (Oh, at first, I thought this was a reprint of Barney Saltzberg’s Andrew Drew and Drew!)
Summer of Narnia Reading Challenge:
The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis, Illustrated by Pauline Baynes [***]- This has been the bleakest Narnia yet. Some scenes seemed to have no end in sight. It may be because none of the Pevensies were in this book so I didn’t really care about the characters all that much. And, a piece of furniture as a source of evil? Puh-lease! Despite all that, this was entertaining- as part of a larger story. At some parts, C.S. Lewis’ writing seemed to have improved. I loved the speech in the cave about beliefs. And, Puddleglum was quite hilarious in an Eeyore (of Winnie-the-Pooh) and Sheldon (of The Big Bang Theory) way.
Expect a review of this book on Wednesday:
Read to Your Bunny by Rosemary Wells [**]
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
As always, I’m hoping to finish another Narnia book and another nonfiction picture book and hopefully the selection for the Family Book Club.
Have a great reading week!