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This week, I posted:
–New Releases: September 9, 2014– Read my reviews for:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating volunteering! I reached 100 hours today!
brown girl dreaming is a powerful moving memoir told in verse written by a gifted writer. Jacqueline Woodson gives us glimpses of her childhood in a way that seems rushed but then stops at moments with startling discovery. I loved the relationships- how family can cause us pain and sadness but how they can also make us happier and stronger than anything else in the world. Kids will enjoy- and parents will appreciate- how patience helped Woodson discover what she was good at. Don’t we all want to excel something that’ll set us apart? Aspiring writers will take inspiration and courage from the fact that stories are all around us and within us if we just look.
It’s such a thrill to have had new Seuss stories to look forward to! Following The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more Lost Stories brings back familiar faces and places. Nostalgia and admiration for his “logical insanity” will be rampant while reading this 4-story collection featuring Horton, Marco, Mulberry Street, and a Grinch (but not that Grinch!) Even the introduction by Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen was entertaining providing background and context to the found stories.
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Cut-paper illustrations set the scenes for this wordless picture book about the surprising consequences of kindness.
This wordless picture book finds a boy alone in his room… and with his drawings and his imagination finds himself in a safari adventure. This would be a fun companion to David Wiesner’s Art & Max. Available September 16th.
First of all, the title itself is a fun new word to learn! Second, I’ve always enjoyed Matt Phelan’s stories and illustrations. Third, I like seeing strong relationships, this time between a father and daughter. Fourth, this is just an overall cute story about how much fun can be had with a good dose of imagination- and a great companion!
The message of standing up for what’s right was good. The illustrations were good. The story itself was lacking.
I’m surprised I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I would. Not to sound like a broken record but: The message of standing up for what’s right was good. The illustrations were good. The story itself was lacking. I will check out her other books though.
Expect reviews for these books during Wednesday’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge post:
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
I’m reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Michelle Knudsen’s Evil Librarian.
Have a great reading week!