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What Are You Reading? (121) #IMWAYR – November 16, 2014

16 Nov
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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***Apparently, I’ve accidentally deleted a lot of my book reviews on my blog through incorrectly editing captions for multiple posts.***

We had a couple of great readings at our store. The first one was by storyteller Aubrey Davis known for his retellings of Jewish stories.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first read his books but they were delightful. They had lessons but weren’t heavy handed with them at all. A Hen for Izzy Pippik seemed to be the most traditional (in the sense of a story) about a girl finding a hen and keeping it safe for when- not if- the owner comes back. Before she knows it, the whole town is crowded with chickens. My favorite of the three books I read was Bagels for Benny about a boy thinking of thanking God by giving him bagfuls of bagels. What made this great was that it had a strong story, a powerful message, I learned a little something I didn’t know beforehand, and the illustrations were good. The Enormous Potato is a story about working together and it’s super silly which would be a hit during storytime. It was interesting to hear how he originally intended to tell the tale.

The second author we had in the store this past week was Mark Fearing who read his latest picture book.

The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing [***]

The Great Thanksgiving Escape
by Mark Fearing [***]


I’ve become such a fan of his work and I’ve mentioned it to him that the books he’s both written and illustrated himself are my favorites. This is one of them. He offers a slice of funny kid’s perspective in this holiday story.

Another cool thing that happened was I got to meet a fellow blogger- Lorna of Not for Lunch– who was in Portland and decided to stop by. I wish I had more time to talk books to her -and her being a Book Fairy!- but we were (thankfully!) busy with customers!

This week, I posted:

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:

Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating gratefulness.

-Picture Book Month Reading Challenge: Part 2- Read my reviews for:

The Extraordinary Mr. Qwerty by Karla Strambini [**]

The Extraordinary Mr. Qwerty by Karla Strambini [**]


A nice addition to all the picture books that have been released recently about ideas and creativity with this one tackling the issue of not worrying about what others might think because others may be thinking up things they’re afraid of sharing as well.

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own AutobiographyNeil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Neil Patrick Harris is someone who I feel is a good role model not just to gay males or actors or parents or magicians but to anyone. I tend to watch his Tony Awards opening numbers just to cheer me up sometimes. He’s always come off as extremely talented and curious and funny and generous. The format of this autobiography is Choose Your Own Adventures style when you can jump from story to story (as Neil Patrick Harris)with some of them ending in your untimely demise! It sounds gimmicky especially with magic tricks and drink recipes and guest celebrity essays thrown into the mix but it was an absolute delight. Of course, as an audiobook, it didn’t have the choices available in print format but I think it worked better if you wanted a more linear storytelling style. Worth a read- or listen- to!

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David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall/Live for Your Listening Pleasure (Audio CD)David Sedaris: Live at Carnegie Hall/Live for Your Listening Pleasure by David Sedaris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a double collection of audio books that will guarantee to make you laugh out loud. David Sedaris is a just a brilliant hilarious man.

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You Have to Fucking EatYou Have to Fucking Eat by Adam Mansbach
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not as bad as I thought it would be. It was my first time listening to an audiobook version of a picture book. Luckily, the previews of the pages I saw on online were not to my taste so not seeing them might have been better!

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The Year of the Fortune CookieThe Year of the Fortune Cookie by Andrea Cheng
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this book more than I thought I would. Even without having read the previous two titles, I didn’t feel I was missing out on any important plot points. I do want to continue reading the series, though. These books would be perfect for the Ivy and Bean readers featuring a more diverse cast of characters and slightly weightier topics like cultural identity and adoption.

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Rain ReignRain Reign by Ann M. Martin
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Unfortunately, this book rang false to me. I wanted to like Rose because she liked lists, prime numbers, and navigating proper ways to communicate with others. The book seemed false. I didn’t like reading it.

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My P titles:

Pirate, Viking & Scientist by Jared Chapman [***]

Pirate, Viking & Scientist by Jared Chapman [***]


A fun story about friendship with a scientific twist. This will appeal to many readers. I hope there’ll be more books featuring this trio!

Play with your Food by David G. Derrick Jr. [**]

Play with your Food by David G. Derrick Jr. [**]


A lizard tries to avoid being lunch by convincing his captor to play with his food.

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

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

This week has been crazy busy. I’m hoping to get back into reading lots of CYBILS books and our pick for the Family Book Club which meets on Wednesday.

Have a great reading week!

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7 responses to “What Are You Reading? (121) #IMWAYR – November 16, 2014

  1. Linda Baie

    November 16, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Many wonderful books here, Earl. I love the look of David Ezra Stein’s Leaves, & also those first three-new to me, sound great. Thanks for the extras at the end, too.

     
  2. Michele

    November 17, 2014 at 3:18 am

    You’ve got a couple of new books on this list for me, the Bagel story and Thanksgiving one are new! I should be getting Blizzard today… really hoping we don’t have one this winter, but it’s not looking good! Have a great week!

     
  3. Kellee Moye (@kelleemoye)

    November 17, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I’m sorry you didn’t like Rain Reign. I was fond of her voice.
    I love how you are doing the ABCs of picture books. So much fun!
    And I agree that David Sedaris will definitely make you laugh out loud. His stuff is HILARIOUS!

    Happy reading this week! 🙂

     
  4. Cheriee Weichel

    November 17, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Holy Crow! Thats a lot of books. I was excited to hear that you have had Aubrey Davis. He’s coming to our school next week. All I have right now is Bone Button Borscht, a delightful retelling of Stone Soup. I’ve ordered these titles here, but they haven’t arrived. (biting my fingers I am) I like that amazing animal series for teaching younger students how to unpack nonfiction texts.

     
  5. Beth Shaum (@BethShaum)

    November 17, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I absolutely loved Firebird. I was crying on page 1.

     
  6. The Styling Librarian

    November 18, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Just started Rain Reign, good to know what you think… Still enjoying your ABC picture book celebration! Very cool that you got to see Lorna… Happy reading week!

     
  7. Myra GB

    November 27, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    As usual you amaze me with the range of books you have here, Earl! 🙂 Good to know your thoughts about Rain Reign and the picturebooks that are new to me. The Neil Patrick Harris choose your own adventure also sounds very intriguing. 🙂

     

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