This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my review for:
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating my writing.
[***] A grumpy panda ends up driving his friends away with his attitude.
[***] What are you afraid of? This highly creative book takes a fun look at our fears- and how sometimes they aren’t as scary as we think they are!
[***] This year’s Read for the Record pick is about a boy who’s not pleased with his goldfish. But during his attempt to perhaps sell or trade his pet, he begins to see some of Norman’s redeeming qualities.
[***] Pacific Northwest twin brothers write and illustrate this cute board book features 26 monsters and simple rhyming text. Check out Hazy Dell Press to see more images from this book.
[***] Cute book of a spunky girl and her very short stories. Readers will enjoy all the goings-on in the illustrations.
[***] Surprisingly sweet tale of finding a lost dog and letting go. Fantastic for people thinking of getting a pet and a great way to get one!
What can I say? I love puns! These are accompanied by great illustrations.
It was a Kate DiCamillo kind of week! I finished all her novels for my reading challenge!
“There,” she said. She rocked him back and forth. “There, you foolish, beautiful boy who wants to change the world. There, there. And who could keep from loving you? Who could keep from loving a boy so brave and true?”
By now, I see recurrent styles in Kate DiCamillo’s works. She tends to repeat things- phrases mostly within each story- giving them significance. She also tends to isolate her characters in a way that spotlights each of their uniqueness. It always seems like an ensemble cast.
The Magician’s Elephant is no different. But it feels special still. The words are beautiful. The characters-I think I tend to gravitate to those who are at their core kind and hopeful despite being flawed or in pain.
I love themes of family that doesn’t feel heavy handed. I love it when the story stays with me even after the last page. I love having felt some sense of magic, coming out of it believing elephants can drop down from nowhere in real life.
This was too sentimental even for me. I loved the illustrations though and the format. People who love The Velveteen Rabbit may enjoy this one.
I knew this was going to be a tear-jerker (a reason why I never wanted to read this) but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.
I’m not an animal person by any means (another reason why I never wanted to read this) and I definitely felt it was trying to sell me how awesome it would be to have a dog.
I love books that are basically made up of the characters’ stories. This definitely had an old-timey feel to it.
*= It was OK
**= Liked it
****= Highly Recommended
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Have a great reading week!
Edited to add more last minute reads! And to say I’ll be doing Picture Book Idea Month!