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This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating what a great reading year I’ve already been having! Read my review of:
[***]- I was worried this was going to be similar to The Day the Crayons Quit but it wasn’t at all. A blue crayon is accidentally labeled as red which causes the other crayons (and other desk supplies) to worry and exclude him. But once they realize what he can do (Despite what his label reads) they learn to accept him and embrace his difference. A fun picture book with a positive message!
[**]- This was a cute picture book with the titular character needing to get ready for school but getting sidetracked by his overactive imagination. I wasn’t too crazy about how the sock puppet looked or how some of the miniatures were set up.
[***]- I love how playful and imaginative Lola is! Plus she loves books as much as I do! A new favorite series to recommend!
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[**] The Geisel Award winner about perspective accompanied by cute illustrations.
[***]- An interesting and introspective look about how actions and inactions affect others. Will resonate with many readers.
Sweet story about a girl who lives in Africa with her very large family.
Told in four parts with plenty of illustrations, I love that readers can get a glimpse a way of life in a different country and see the differences and the similarities. This is a kind of book where it doesn’t feel like anything happens but you still enjoy turning the pages. There’s a sense of peace and relaxation with it.
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I always look forward to a new Marie-Louise Gay book being a fan of her Stella and Sam series. A girl receives a crown as a gift and thinks- and acts!- like she’s royalty to the dismay of her family and friends. A sweet first entry into a new early chapter book series.
I had originally passed on reading this when it first came out due to the rather lackluster reviews it received but I decided to give it another chance after it won a Caldecott honor! A YA graphic novel, no less. There were definitely parts where the illustrations stood out but the actual story left me wanting- not exactly more but something.
With the changing landscape of children’s literature, I feel the Caldecott can do a little revamping.
Once again, we enter the world of Jennifer Strange and her rather odd group of friends as they fight for their lives in a new land that is less vacation destination than it is a battleground. During their not-a-quest adventure, they uncover a sinister plot that lays the ground for the next and final book in this series.
There’s always lots of humor and clever wordplay to keep the reader amused.
I had the hardest time figuring out if this was indeed the 16th entry in the series. In the book, they had forgotten to list The Sudoku Puzzle Murders, which may have just been a typo but could also be a sign that the series needs to end soon.
Don’t get me wrong, I always make sure to read the next Puzzle Lady book. I enjoy the characters, their interactions, the wordplay, and, of course, the puzzles. But, the mysteries are becoming unnecessarily convoluted. And, having to incorporate a sudoku as well as a crossword in each book is becoming too forced.
I’m worried if the series continues any longer I won’t like Cora Felton any longer because of the extremely questionable things she does.
I can understand all the buzz about this book.
I’ll Give You the Sun tell the story of twins Jude and Noah in a “two sides of the same coin” kind of way. We alternate between Noah as the central figure in their first teenage years and Jude a few years later.
This is about their relationship, how it gets tested over the years over family secrets and first loves. In fact, with the incredible prose, I found this to be incredibly romantic- exhilarating, even.
The characters were exciting to get to know- Noah who mentally paints the world in his head, Jude who talks to her dead grandmother. Every time their world broke, through circumstance or self-imposed destruction, I felt their unsteadiness. This is a constant rebuilding and remaking of a world that’s never the same for anyone.
There were a couple of things that bothered me: sometimes the teenagers seemed to act way older than they were. And the ending… well, I don’t want to give anything away.
Expect reviews for these books during Wednesday’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge post:
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
I’m hoping to read at least 2 more titles off my TBR list!
Have a great reading week!