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 the Oregon Book Awards.
I created an album of Authors I’ve Met on the Facebook page!
[***]This wonderful poem invites readers to let kindness into their lives and out to the world around them. It’ll be a great companion to All the World by Liz Scanlon.
[***][**] Readers will travel to France and Israel in these picture books that also deals with opposites. At the end of each book is a glossary of the places that was visited or alluded to. Their tour guides (mouse and gecko, respectively) are hidden in each page for another level of fun.
[***] Adorably sweet with perfectly complimentary illustrations.
[**] Wild Ideas has the beautiful dioramas and scientific research that You Are Stardust also had but I felt this book would have been better if the science of each page/concept was explained as a caption.
This is another little book that celebrates life’s good and bad moments and how sometimes things can be both. Mostly illustrations.
Another great installment set in the Wonder world but definitely doesn’t add or take away from the original novel. It’s someone else’s story and he has his own things to deal with.
I didn’t know what to expect with this book. My interest was piqued when I saw there was a sequel and a movie.
I decided to read this as an audiobook, which had its share of of pro’s and con’s. Pro: It was a great production. The reader, Bahni Turpin, did an amazing job with all the aliens’ voices. Con: You miss out on the illustrations in the book. There are a few sections told in comic strip form.
I didn’t expect to get so immersed in it. This is great for even emergent (reluctant?) readers because it’s an adventure story about an alien invasion. It’s also a fun friendship story with lots of action and heart thrown into the mix.
Babymouse is back in this nineteenth (!) installment of the series. This time, she tackles babysitting as she does with everything else in her life- lots of gusto. We’re treated to more of her imaginings from the predictable Mary Poppins reference to hilarious horror movie spoof to a Winnie-the-Pooh scene. I thought it was clever that she would be reading Comics Squad: Recess!
Side note: Otto seems to be a popular owl name!
This was an inspiring little book for graduation from J.K. Rowling’s Harvard Commencement Speech she gave in 2008. Her words have been paired with great illustrations by Joel Holland.
I was absolutely delighted with Ramona Quimby, Age 8. It’s rare to be able to perfectly capture the thoughts of a child as Beverly Cleary did with this book. There are wonders and experience for sure but there are worries and fears as well that seem like all there ever is in their world in their young lives. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that.
I wasn’t really sold with Ramona at first but the more I understood her, the more I liked her. I finished reading the book caring for the characters and want to read more of their lives.
Of all the Ramona books, I chose this one because it introduced the Drop Everything And Read concept which has become a national literary celebration falling on Beverly Cleary’s Birthday!
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
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I’m at Pasadena for the American Booksellers Association’s Children’s Institute for the next couple of days!
Have a great reading week!