This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my review for:
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating my #PrideChallenge.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A cute story about a boy who never gets anything in the mail but desperately wants to. He figures the best way to do so is to someone else a mail first. He writes his mailbox and soon gets surprising deliveries!
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This gorgeous picture book features stories within stories. In a dry desert town, a boy in search of a drink meets an old man who begins a tale that satisfies another thirst he didn’t know he had. What neither of them knows is that a terrible djinn in the guise of a storm is coming and it’ll take a cunning solution to keep the town safe.
I didn’t even know this was coming out (July 5th!) but was eager to read it since I loved the other two books in the series. Super silly answer to “What did you this summer?” Fans of Remy Charlip’s Fortunately will enjoy the sense of humor. I love Benjamin Chaud’s illustrations!
The illustrations have always caught my eye whenever I saw this book on display but I finally just picked it up. It’s a quiet book but it’s so charming and special as well with wonderful illustrations. I would pair this with Virginia Lee Burton’s The Little House.
Another one of those quiet books that doesn’t mean boring. A boy spending summer with his busy grandparents entertains himself by playing at a nearby bridge. He soon encounters a mystery he’s eager to solve. The text has a sense of childlike wonder.
The Lowriders in Space gang are back. A search for a lost kitten takes them to unexpected places facing a very angry god. I loved the wordplay in this one which gave off a Phantom Tollbooth vibe. I appreciated the fact that it worked in this bilingual formal even though I don’t speak Spanish. A glossary of Spanish terms and phrases are included as well as an extensive author’s note on the gods and goddesses referenced in this graphic novel.
I listened to the audiobook version of this which was a treat since it was narrated by Maya Angelou herself. It’s a very candid look into her childhood full of escapades and adventures in a small town. However enthralling the situations were and the beauty of her text, she also suffered greatly in the forms of a racist society and the abuse she endured as a child.
This being the first part in a seven part memoir series, it ended at a good place. I don’t know if I’ll read the other books but her and her family have been so fascinating to know.
I was surprised that the kids (Maya and her brother Bailey) were reading such advanced books for their age. I think it just goes to show that kids can handle what is usually thrown at them. If you expect great things from them, you will likely get great things.
I’ve been wanting to read this because it’s been grouped with George and Lily & Dunkin as trailblazing books depicting trans characters in children’s literature. I appreciate that there are books that serve as mirrors and windows.
I didn’t particularly like Grayson’s character. Naturally, he was going through stuff but he didn’t give off any likable personality traits for me to want to get to know him.
I’ve decided not to post reviews for books I didn’t particular care for (unless I feel strongly against it.) If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Plus as an aspiring published writer myself, I know how much work one puts into a story so I naturally have great respect towards writers and illustrators and everyone else responsible for that creation.
****= Highly Recommended
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Have a great reading week!