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What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR – August 30, 2015

30 Aug

This week, I posted:

New Releases– Read my reviews for:

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my review for:

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating little moments the past few days.

Pig and Pug by Laura Marchesani and Zenaides A. Medina, Illustrated by Jarvis

Pig and Pug by Laura Marchesani and Zenaides A. Medina, Illustrated by Jarvis


[***] 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.

Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt

Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt


[**] 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.

Ladybug Girl and the Best Ever Playdate by Jacky Davis, Illustrated by David Soman

Ladybug Girl and the Best Ever Playdate by Jacky Davis, Illustrated by David Soman


[**] 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.

The White Book by Silvia Borando, Elisabetta Pica, and Lorenzo Clerici

The White Book by Silvia Borando, Elisabetta Pica, and Lorenzo Clerici


[***] 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.

Black Cat, White Cat by Silvia Borando

Black Cat, White Cat by Silvia Borando


[***] A cute story of two cats who end up sharing their very different worlds with one another.

Dinoblock by Christopher Franceschelli, Illustrated by Peskimo

Dinoblock by Christopher Franceschelli, Illustrated by Peskimo


[***] 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.

Red by Jan De Kinder

Red by Jan De Kinder


[**] 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?

Sunny Side UpSunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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.

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Squish #7: Deadly Disease of DoomSquish #7: Deadly Disease of Doom by Jennifer L Holm
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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.

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The Secret GardenThe Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

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The Big Four by Agatha Christie [****]

The Big Four by Agatha Christie [****]

Rating Scale
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

Thanks to Book Journey for starting this whole thing!

Thanks to Book Journey for starting this whole thing!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

Thanks also to Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers for their focus on Children’s Literature of this meme!

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Have a great reading week!

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6 responses to “What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR – August 30, 2015

  1. Being Woven

    August 31, 2015 at 10:16 am

    What a great selection, for all ages, lots of subjects, and titles I have heard about and now want to read. Thanks.

     
  2. Linda Baie

    August 31, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Sunny Side Up and Red are being talked about so positively, Earl. Glad to read that you like them too. I requested both from my library. There are a few others that I put on my wish list, so thanks for those, too. Happy Reading this week.

     
  3. crbrunelle

    August 31, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I really enjoyed Sunny Side Up and hope to read a few more that you’ve mentioned. The Secret Garden was a favorite of mine when I was growing up. I loved reading Dickon’s voice aloud. There are some racial issues with how Mary and her family saw and treated the people of India that I noticed even as a child, but I always loved the way that Mary and Colin helped each other change.

     
  4. Beth Shaum (@BethShaum)

    August 31, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    I just started reading the new Squish book tonight and I’m really looking forward to reading Sunny Side Up as well.

    Happy reading this week!

     
  5. The Styling Librarian

    September 1, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    The Secret Garden is still one of my all time favorite books. I still have my original copy… Happy reading to you, loved all the other reviews- Red – interesting book, read that one as well. Can’t wait to read Sunny Side Up.

     
  6. Myra GB

    September 6, 2015 at 3:57 am

    If I read The Secret Garden before I don’t seem to recall any longer. I am intrigued by Red – will have to find it. I didn’t even realize that Sunny Side Up was a graphic novel – good to know! 🙂

     

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