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What Are You Reading? (111) #IMWAYR – September 7, 2014

07 Sep
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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This week, I posted:

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my review for:


Celebrate This Week– This week I celebrate the wonder of Wonder! Read my reviews for:

Nancy Knows by Cybèle Young [**]- Elephants can remember lots of things but Nancy knows she’s forgotten something important! Readers will enjoy the mixed media illustrations of graphite drawings and paper sculptures in this cleverly presented tale! The dust jacket can be removed to reveal a beautiful poster!

Nancy Knows by Cybèle Young [**]- Elephants can remember lots of things but Nancy knows she’s forgotten something important! Readers will enjoy the mixed media illustrations of graphite drawings and paper sculptures in this cleverly presented tale! The dust jacket can be removed to reveal a beautiful poster!

Hermelin: The Detective Mouse by Mini Grey [**]- I'd been meaning to read this since it first came out but only recently read it. I enjoy mysteries and I was pleasantly surprised with this picture book. Lots of details in the background. An enjoyable story of which I can't wait to read more of in which I assume will be a series.

Hermelin: The Detective Mouse by Mini Grey [**]- I’d been meaning to read this since it first came out but only recently read it. I enjoy mysteries and I was pleasantly surprised with this picture book. Lots of details in the background. An enjoyable story of which I can’t wait to read more of in which I assume will be a series.

Miss Brooks' Story Nook by Barbara Bottner, Illustrated by Michael Emberley [*]- I usually like books about librarians and creativity but I didn't like this story at all. At least, the books in the series have been consistent that way.

Miss Brooks’ Story Nook by Barbara Bottner, Illustrated by Michael Emberley [*]- I usually like books about librarians and creativity but I didn’t like this story at all. At least, the books in the series have been consistent that way.

Calvin Can't Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie by Jennifer Berne, Illustrated by Keith Bendis [**]- A book-loving bird finds he needs glasses. After donning a pair, he gets teased. But after getting separated from his flock, the glasses might just come in handy in this surprisingly good story!

Calvin Can’t Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdie by Jennifer Berne, Illustrated by Keith Bendis [**]- A book-loving bird finds he needs glasses. After donning a pair, he gets teased. But after getting separated from his flock, the glasses might just come in handy in this surprisingly good story!

Joseph Fipps by Nadine Roberts, Illustrated by Genevieve Godbout [*]- A very disappointing book! The illustrations are super cute and the summary sounded fine but maybe there was something lost in the translation.

Joseph Fipps by Nadine Roberts, Illustrated by Genevieve Godbout [*]- A very disappointing book! The illustrations are super cute and the summary sounded fine but maybe there was something lost in the translation.

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz [*]- What was even the point? Maybe the book was too hyped up and my expectations were too high? Although, I'm thinking I just didn't like any of the characters. Maybe it was too realistic? Only this collection of short stories centering around one main character would make that a problem? I understand this is probably some people's lives- they never get a break- but why write about it when we can just live it? It's overly depressing. I wasn't even that impressed with the writing. The best part of the book was that it ended!

This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz [*]- What was even the point?
Maybe the book was too hyped up and my expectations were too high? Although, I’m thinking I just didn’t like any of the characters.
Maybe it was too realistic? Only this collection of short stories centering around one main character would make that a problem? I understand this is probably some people’s lives- they never get a break- but why write about it when we can just live it? It’s overly depressing.
I wasn’t even that impressed with the writing.
The best part of the book was that it ended!

Our Planet by Jimi Lee [**]- Cleverly designed, beautifully illustrated wordless board book that asks readers "what kind of world do you want?"

Our Planet by Jimi Lee [**]- Cleverly designed, beautifully illustrated wordless board book that asks readers “what kind of world do you want?”

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Translated by Richard Howard [****]- I can't remember when I first read The Little Prince but I don't think it made much of an impact on me back then. Maybe I even disliked it. But, after having reread it, I thought it was a lovely story. Maybe I tend to enjoy rather sad-yet-hopeful books.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Translated by Richard Howard [****]- I can’t remember when I first read The Little Prince but I don’t think it made much of an impact on me back then. Maybe I even disliked it. But, after having reread it, I thought it was a lovely story. Maybe I tend to enjoy rather sad-yet-hopeful books.

Pomelo's Big Adventure by Ramona Badescu, Illustrated by Benjamin Chaud [*]- Little lovable Pomelo sets out on a journey that takes him far, far, far into the great big world out there and discovers things deep, deep, deep within himself. Reminiscent of both The Little Prince and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! this makes for a perfect gift for anyone ready to embark on an exciting new chapter in their life.

Pomelo’s Big Adventure by Ramona Badescu, Illustrated by Benjamin Chaud [*]- Little lovable Pomelo sets out on a journey that takes him far, far, far into the great big world out there and discovers things deep, deep, deep within himself. Reminiscent of both The Little Prince and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! this makes for a perfect gift for anyone ready to embark on an exciting new chapter in their life.

Elephabet by Hilary Pfeifer [**]- Elephabet is by Portland artist Hilary Pfeifer of Bunny with a Toolbelt. In this fun and wild alphabet book, Pfeifer mixes pachyderms with portmanteaus creating hilarious creatures like “acrobatipants” and “neopoliphants.” It will inspire readers of all ages to come up with their own. In fact, there’s a “Do-It-Your-Selfabet” book as well!

Elephabet by Hilary Pfeifer [**]- Elephabet is by Portland artist Hilary Pfeifer of Bunny with a Toolbelt. In this fun and wild alphabet book, Pfeifer mixes pachyderms with portmanteaus creating hilarious creatures like “acrobatipants” and “neopoliphants.” It will inspire readers of all ages to come up with their own. In fact, there’s a “Do-It-Your-Selfabet” book as well!

Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Emma Quay [**]- Everything about this book screams sweet! The soothing text of a parent elephant getting the baby ready for bedtime reads like a lullaby. The illustrations are a combination of crayon drawings and mixed media creating a soft visual treat.

Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Emma Quay [**]- Everything about this book screams sweet! The soothing text of a parent elephant getting the baby ready for bedtime reads like a lullaby. The illustrations are a combination of crayon drawings and mixed media creating a soft visual treat.

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

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

I am hopefully going to finish reading brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson but I also want to read some Family Book Club picks.

Have a great reading week!

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9 responses to “What Are You Reading? (111) #IMWAYR – September 7, 2014

  1. Alex Baugh (@RandomlyReading)

    September 8, 2014 at 5:25 am

    WOW! You did a lot of reading last week. I know some of these books, but not others. Thanks for introducing me to them. Just gave Baby Bedtime, which I got at BEA this year, to a friend with a new baby and she loves reading it to her baby. Have a great week.

     
  2. LInda Baie (@LBaie)

    September 8, 2014 at 8:39 am

    So many that sound, and look, good Earl. I’m glad you work at a bookstore because you introduce so many books that otherwise I don’t think I would see. I like the look of Pomelo’s Big Adventure and Our Planet. Thank you!

     
  3. Ms. Yingling

    September 8, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Lots of varied reading! I desperately want to read anything with a picture book mouse but try to restrain myself. I’d love to get The Julian Chapter for my school, but it’s e book only, I think. I was never a Little Prince fan, but my best friend thinks it is fantastic!

     
  4. Kellee Moye (@kelleemoye)

    September 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Love the celebration of Wonder. It is such a special book, and deserves to be celebrated.
    So many books this week! Great reading 🙂
    Happy reading next week!!!!

     
  5. Michele

    September 8, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I read Miss Brooks’ Story Nook this week too and I didn’t like it as much as the first one. I feel like the message got lost somewhere in the book.
    My daughter and I are reading 365 Days of Wonder each day. I’ll give you my review in about a year 🙂

     
  6. Beth Shaum (@BethShaum)

    September 8, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    The Julian Chapter is one of those books (chapters?) I keep meaning to get around to but just haven’t yet. I have a feeling if it were an actual book and not an e-book only, I would have read it by now.

     
  7. Emily Lim-Leh

    September 8, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Calvin can’t Fly and Pomelo’s Big Adventure look fun- I’ll love to check those out! Thanks for the recommendations!

     
  8. Myra GB

    September 8, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I had to laugh out loud at your description of Junot Diaz’s novel and the best part of the book. I did try reading Oscar Wao, but found that I didn’t connect much to the characters and ultimately abandoned it. Glad to see The Julian Chapter, my 12 year old girl enjoyed Wonder. 🙂

     
  9. bluestockingthinking

    September 9, 2014 at 4:37 am

    Calvin Can’t Fly looks cute! Thanks for the honesty about some of the others that didn’t stand out for you. I thought Miss Brooks Loves Books was cute, so I might be checking out this new one anyway 😉

     

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