#IMWAYR- August 7, 2016

07 Aug

This week, I posted:

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:

Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating a summer of Gilmore Girls.

I got to participate again in Rox in Sox. Green Bean Books was the bookseller for this music and book festival. We curated the author line-up which this year included Shannon Joy and Rojo the Llama and Brian W. Parker of Believe in Wonder Publishing as well as returning writer Cathy Camper. It’s always nice to introduce people to newer authors and illustrators, especially when they offer something different. I loved that I was able to witness special moments between authors and readers.

Last year, I spoke on camera helping to promote the event. This year, I helped introduce the authors on stage. I always try to do something that terrifies me or challenges me- and speaking in front of a crowd definitely does that!

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Return (Journey Trilogy, #3)Return by Aaron Becker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wow! The final book in this stunning wordless picture book trilogy brings everything good from the last two stories and creates one last adventure that will leave readers satisfied. What an amazing journey this series has been and it will definitely be books one will want to return to time and time again!
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BlocksBlocks by Irene Dickson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Simple fun story great to read out loud to toddlers about colors and sharing!
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Open Up, Please!: A Minibombo BookOpen Up, Please!: A Minibombo Book by Silvia Borando
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Lift the flaps to free the cute animals from their cages. But don’t open the box! Fans of Lucy Ruth Cummins’s A Hungry Lion will appreciate the humor in this book.
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I Love LemonadeI Love Lemonade by Mark Sommerset
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I had no intention of reading this book. But when my boss told me about it, I read it just to make sure she wasn’t pulling my leg about what it’s about. Definitely for a specific group of people who like potty humor.
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SlackerSlacker by Gordon Korman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is one of my favorite novels of the year- surprisingly so considering the awful cover which was why I never had the desire to read it in the first place. I love books about kindness and always am in the look out for books for kids that wasn’t depressing or overly serious. Slacker is fun and substantial. It’s about a gamer boy who almost burns down his house. To avoid getting into trouble, he creates a fake school club- the Positive Action Group- that, before he knows it, becomes something real. Today through different characters’ perspectives, we see how a little good can go a long way. I’d love kids to read this and see themselves with that same power and still be kids.
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Six Kids and a Stuffed CatSix Kids and a Stuffed Cat by Gary Paulsen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I don’t know why I picked this up but I’m glad I did. After reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I began thinking of middle grade books written as scripts. I couldn’t really think of any. A couple Young Adult titles did come to mind. And then this caught my eyes. I thought it was going to be like The Breakfast Club. (I actually hadn’t watched the movie so I wouldn’t know either way.) But I was pleasantly surprised to find it’s both a novella and a play version. I thought this was particularly clever and it intrigued me. I loved the voice. It reminded me of Tim Federle’s Nate Foster of Better Nate than Ever and Five, Six, Seven, Nate.
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Stars So Sweet (All Four Stars, #3)Stars So Sweet by Tara Dairman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This series has been consistent good. In the final installment, Gladys finds herself overwhelmed with all the secrets she’s been keeping since becoming a food critic for a major newspaper despite just being twelve. Adding to this, she’s navigating friendship and extracurricular activities while starting middle school. A satisfying conclusion to a fun middle grade series!
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Nightmare Escape (Dream Jumper, Book 1)Nightmare Escape by Greg Grunberg
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Cool concept and some kids may like it. I found it a tad cliche.
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Think & Grow Rich from SmarterComicsThink & Grow Rich from SmarterComics by Napoleon Hill
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I admit I was hate reading this. Think and Grow Rich was a book I’d been meaning to read. I believe I even started it but was so bored out of mind that I stopped. So seeing a graphic novel seemed like a quick and interesting way to see what the book’s all about. This format managed to seem as lifeless and outdated as the original form. But just because it didn’t do anything for me doesn’t mean it won’t do something for someone. I hope it does.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8)Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I like Harry Potter plenty- more the effect it has to get people of all ages get excited about reading- so it’s kind of weird (at least to me) that I’ve read the entire series, the three books that make up the Hogwarts Library, the 800-word prequel, rereading the entire series once all the illustrated editions have been released, and perhaps reading any stories published on Pottermore. Despite all that, I wouldn’t call myself a diehard fan which is probably why I enjoyed this installment so much! I was excited for fans that they had a new story. The format didn’t bother me and I hope young fans can get used to it as well. I thought the Cursed Child was particularly clever if not feeling a bit fanfiction-y. There were emotional powerful moments. It was a treat to read!
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Review Notes
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.

***= Recommended
****= Highly Recommended
*****= Favorite

You can view all the books I’ve read at my Goodreads page.

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!


7 responses to “#IMWAYR- August 7, 2016

  1. cheriee weichel

    August 7, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    It looks like you have a great reading week Earl. You remind me that I have to go back and finish the all four stars series. I also must get to finishing up Becker’s trilogy. Some people get excited about kittens and puppies, but I love frogs. So I had to go and look at your nonfiction post and read about the colors book. It looks divine.

  2. Michele

    August 8, 2016 at 6:11 am

    Love the pictures!
    A few of your reviews have me excited to go check the books out – I really need to finish Tara Dairman’s series, I’ve only read the first one. And I have Slacker, sounds like it’s one to read!

  3. Karen Yingling

    August 8, 2016 at 7:36 am

    LOVED Slacker– the cover isn’t that bad! I’m jealous that you’ve read Stars So Sweet already! I wasn’t as thrilled with the Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat, but the names were very clever. The author event looks like such fun!

  4. Jane the Rain City Librarian

    August 8, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Green Bean Books sounds like the most wonderful book store, and a wonderful place to work! You guys are always doing such fantastic events and activities, it’s really inspiring.

  5. Ricki Ginsberg

    August 8, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Ahhh! I am supposed to be getting RETURN soon, and I simply can’t wait! I am glad to hear you liked it, too!

  6. Kellee from Unleashing Readers (@kelleemoye)

    August 8, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    I don’t know the Dairman series, so I am going to have to look that up.
    Great review about HP–I agree!

    Happy reading this week 🙂

  7. Myra GB

    August 10, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I just checked our library database – we still don’t have Ada’s Violin and the EB White book 😦 – hopefully in the coming weeks or so. I received a review copy of the new Harry Potter and VERY excited to read it!


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