This week, I posted:
–New Releases– Read my reviews for:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my review for:
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating little moments the past few days.
[***] An adorable story of a pig and pug told in a simple style and repeated texts make it perfect for emergent readers. A sweet message that anyone can be friends despite their outward differences.
[**] A fly is sucked into a vacuum and experiences the 5 stages of grief. The illustrations give more to the story and is full of details readers will appreciate.
[**] I didn’t like this as much as other installments in the series. Lulu wasn’t that likable in this one. And why couldn’t Bumblebee Boy be the friend? Hopefully I’m not outgrowing the series.
[***] An interesting picture book reminiscent of Harold and the Purple Crayon. A boy begins painting the bare walls different colors and discovers one surprise after the other.
[***] A cute story of two cats who end up sharing their very different worlds with one another.
[***] I didn’t think I would like this as much I did. A fun introductions to dinosaurs in a fun lift the flap format. Playful illustrations.
[**] An interesting study of a seemingly harmless teasing that leads to bullying. When what a girl starts gets out of control, will she be able to stand up for what’s right?
The Holm’s offer a semi-autobiographical tale of family secrets and the consequences. Alternating between flashbacks and Sunny’s current situation of spending summer with her grandpa, readers will be surprised at the revelation. It’s a topic I don’t think I’ve seen handled so delicately and effectively.
Another fun quick read in the series and contained more science stuff than previous titles which is actually welcome. Super Amoeba’s story seemed to end abruptly which made me wonder if that was always the case or if I just constantly blacked out when reading those pages.
I’ve been raving about this book a lot. I’m glad I included it as part of my To Be Read titles of 2015! I love how the characters are just themselves. Mary is disagreeable. Her uncle is a recluse and will not be bothered with spending time with her. The gardener is cranky. Other characters include one who is well liked by both humans and animals and one who is alternatingly afraid he hasn’t long to live and difficult to live with. A secret garden transform them all in surprising ways. The end does seem preachy but what a great bond these people have created. And usually I roll my eyes at how parents are disposed of in middle reader novels but this one seemed to have outdone them all.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
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Have a great reading week!