This week, I posted:
–New Releases– Read my reviews for:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating Counting by 7s. Read my review of the book by clicking the link.
Author Kim Griswell came to our store today to read her latest book, Rufus Goes to Sea. I always like to read what our visiting authors have written when I get a chance. Both are delightful but I could be biased because the main character is a book-loving pig. The first story has Rufus wanting to go to school but the principal doesn’t want a pig in school. The follow-up has Rufus wanting to be a pirate. The illustrations are super playful and I love that they link to the next book in the series! Following the reading, kids made pig snouts and pirate patches!
A great introduction to the world of Beverly Cleary! I may have read this and some other books by hers when I was in elementary school but that was such a long time ago, everything seems like a first-time read.
I loved that this book was written in response to not finding books boys actually enjoyed and that she went against writing a female main character just because that’s “what she knew.” She captured a boy’s mind well. And, Henry Huggins is an interesting character without being too goody-goodie.
Fans will delight in meeting a few of her other famous characters in this book as well!
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[Beverly Cleary Reading Challenge]
[Off the Shelf Reading Challenge]
To Die For is an omnibus of the following two books:
Good old Pike. Slumber Party is your standard YA thriller genre that I still say was in its peak in the late 80’s through mid 90’s. A group of friends have a ski weekend but mysterious fire-related incidents keep happening that recalls an accident from their past. What I love(d) about Pike’s books were that they seemed edgy at the time.
There’s something about rereading books. You pick up the clues that the writer has planted. You also appreciate the structure of the story more.
Weekend doesn’t read well after reading it back to back with Slumber Party (the To Die For omnibus repackaged Christoper Pike’s first two novels together) because they have basically the same format. It definitely doesn’t have the high-stakes feel of his later novels. This does introduce Pike’s fondness of an extraordinary, supernatural and mysterious creature- in this case, a shaman.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
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Have a great reading week!