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This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Jeanette Winter edition.
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating coming off a busy week at work including Junior Booksellers Boot Camp. Read my review of:
[**] A story of not giving up with stunning bold illustrations.
[**] Another picture book with beautiful illustrations in which I wish the story was a little bit more captivating.
[****] This is my new favorite picture book I’ll be recommending at the store. I love books about writing and writers and Rufus the Writer is definitely one of the better told stories. A boy sets up a story stand in the summer. I enjoyed Rufus’s imagination and creativeness- and you can read the three stories he writes for his friends and his sister- and his generosity in regards to what payments he’ll receive.
[***] Another new release I’m quite fond of. A group of nocturnal creatures end up on the run from unknown night animals before realizing they have nothing to be afraid of. So much humor in both the text and the illustrations. The skunk and the possum cracked me up. The dustjacket folds out to a poster with facts about the creatures from the story.
[***] Rocket and friends (including a special cameo by another Tad Hills character) are back in a ABC book. I liked that it’s not your typical “A is for Apple” format.
[**] Charles Vess’ gorgeous distinct illustrations accompany Neil Gaiman’s advice to anyone going off on life’s journey.
[***] Readers will delight in this now-what-you-expect story of an unlikely princess warrior and a farting pony.
A quick read of very short stories. Each tale is tinged with sad and dark humor and accompanied with beautiful illustrations. I wish there were more of a cohesiveness to this work, which would have made it more outstanding.
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(This is an adult book.)
The first book introduces readers to the characters that they will come to know and love and hate. There will be high school milestones throughout the series since it takes places during one senior year. In this instance, there are football games and student body elections and first dates. And, there will be a party that will end in death for one of them.
Friendships will form and crumble. Love will be found and lost. Lives will be taken and changed for better or for worse. It will leave readers wanting more.
I really enjoyed the first in this series which I’ve been recommending to kids who enjoy a fast paced mystery.
Eddie, his parents, and his best friend arrive in Mexico in what they think will be a normal summer vacation. But soon a valuable artifact is missing and Eddie’s dad is one of the main suspects. It’s up to Eddie and Jonah to solve the mystery. Even with the help of a beautiful native girl, a street gang, and an assortment of ancient gods, they find themselves in over their head. A fun adventure romp for the middle reader crowd!
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
Have a great reading week!