This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my review for:
-Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating encounters.
[**] A rabbit tries to find his pair in an adventure that leads him all over and has him meeting other creatures.
[***] Eric Carle introduces surrealism to his readers with silly questions in his latest picture book.
[**] There’s a strange new ocean creature and everyone let’s their imagination run wild on who and what it could be in this pop-up mystery for young kids.
[**] In all new paper-cuts, Hannah Viano shares an A to Z collection of images from nature.
[****] I didn’t realize this was an older book published a few years ago with a new cover. But whatever it takes for people like me to pick up a book! This is absolutely gorgeous. Lyrical text and lush illustrations will make this a perfect book to give! Perfect for fans of The Swan!
[***] Following instructions on how to be certain animals (as shown on the cover), readers can discover how to be a person.
[**] A boy wonders where his buzzing friends disappeared to when winter comes. Includes a two-page non-fiction spread about bees.
[***] Great colorful illustrations can be found in this surprising story about kindness. An old man who’s surrounded by things that go squeak is offered an incredibly comfortable bed by a passing peddler.
[***] A great story for young readers about immigration and assimilation. A girl moves to a new country where everything is different. She befriends another young girl who gives her a sense of belonging.
[***] A restaurant is about to open. Everything is perfect until the crew realizes there are no tables! With a request here and there, they get all kinds of tables from all kinds of people- until they are overwhelmed with tables. Readers will be delighted by this story and enjoy the silliness in the illustrations.
It may be because the author was preaching to the choir of the importance of reading aloud to children but I was agreeing wholeheartedly the whole time. Combining facts and personal stories, he provides a strong case for it. This updated edition tackles digital literacy. And, something more important, the books take on the importance of fathers stepping up and joining the “game” of reading to their kids. Also includes a treasury of titles to help adults find the perfect book.
Princess Magnolia is back in this delightful tale. What’s a secret superhero to do when the kingdom is in danger but she has her birthday party happening at the same time?
Timmy Failure is back and this time he brings his detective skills on the road. I’ve always enjoyed the fine line between his antics and him having to come to terms with growing up but I really wanted the author to take it to the next level with this one. It would probably make the series incredible.
Fans of Elephant & Piggie who want longer stories will probably enjoy this series about two friends who despite their differences are there for one another. The second installment finds the duo donning their detective duds to capture a thief before an annual celebration gets cancelled.
A useful book to have for anyone interested in starting a community building component into their organization- or maybe to re-energize themselves.
(The omnibus includes Chain Letter and Chain Letter: The Ancient Evil.)
A group of high school friends start getting chain letters telling each of them to do something that puts their reputations at risk. At first, they think it’s a joke because how could anyone besides them know what they did last summer? Then accidents begin to happen when they refuse their tasks. What’s asked of them gets bigger and more dangerous. Can they figure out who the mysterious sender is?
It was interesting to read these two novels back to back since there were many years written between them- and Christopher Pike’s writing had changed as well. The first one seemed more psychological and straight out horror while the second was more supernatural, edgier and more gruesome.
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[Off the Shelf Reading Challenge]
[****] Hello folks, creative friends. Please allow me to go all Oprah on you for a moment as I tell you to read Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. Whatever field you dabble in or even if you’re not sure yet but just want a field to play in, this book will give you a nudge in the right direction. Read it!
I already want to reread it myself because there were so many parts that spoke to me and I want to make sure I let them soak in.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
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Have a great reading week!