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This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my review for:
-Celebrate This Week- This week, I’m celebrating more #Instagrateful posts.
Here are two more to finish off my challenge:
I’ve been listening to audiobooks while walking to and from work. When I started Two Boys Kissing, I kept on walking and walking. The words moved me. They were so beautiful.
The story is narrated by a Greek Chorus of gay men who’d died of AIDS. That alone is amazing. We meet different gay teens along the way including the titular two boys kissing.
The best kinds of fiction are the ones with strong bases in truth because regardless of whatever circumstances are presented we find something we can relate to.
The first chapter is worth reading- or listening to. It is actually based on David Levithan’s short story A Word from the Nearly Distant Past in the anthology How Beautiful the Ordinary edited by Michael Cart. I ended up reading this after I finished the novel.
Fans of Cheaper by the Dozen or any large-family dynamic will enjoy this book depicting not your typical set of characters. Four multiracial adopted children are raised by two gay dads. And that’s a summary that definitely doesn’t do the book justice because it’s really not about sexuality or race. It’s about four kids coming of age and into their own in context of their family and friends.
Constantly amusing and refreshing. Bonus points for all the mentions of musicals!
This was a book I passed over when it first came out and now after having read it I am looking forward to the sequel coming out in 2015!
Readers will enjoy the adventures of foodie Gladys Gatsby who is in trouble for almost burning down the house after trying to use a blowtorch to make creme brulee! Now she’s forced to make friends instead of cooking.
She’s also somehow mistaken as a grown up food critic and given an assignment to review a high end dessert restaurant in New York City. To top it off, she’s in sixth grade and has homework to do.
Lots of fun.
My X title:
I only liked this more than I did because it reminded me of my childhood when I would watch the animated series.
My Y title:
I enjoyed the painted rocks but even I thought the message was too sweet.
My Z titles:
A musical in the zoo is put on to combat the winter doldrums.
I enjoyed this book so much I easily recommended and sold it right after reading it. It’s a great introduction to musical instruments and a fun counting book. Plus, the illustrations are fun to look at.
For the rest of the month, I used the Picture Book Month calendar to decide what to read. And, I used We Give Library’s extensive selection to do so! Each book read online equals a book that will be donated to a child. Doubly exciting, from now until the new year, each book read online equals two donated books! I invite everyone to take advantage of this challenge.
Here are the books I read on We Give Books:
[Theme: Fairy Tales] I love reading different takes of the same story. This is a much vibrant and colorful adaptation than Neil Gaiman’s.
[Theme: Dinosaurs] Skippyjon Jones returns in this adventure involving dog bones which makes think of dinosaurs.
[Theme: Farm] A contest of who’s better and who’s more liked creates tension in the farm.
[Theme: Holidays] A cute enough alphabet book about Thanksgiving.
Expect reviews for these books during Wednesday’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge post:
[Themes: Bats and Arts]
[Theme: Creativity] I didn’t realize this was going to be a very basic book- only eight pages long. And it was more about sight and rhyming words than creativity.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
Have a great reading week!