This week, I posted:
–Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday– Read my reviews for:
–Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating my reading challenges with an update including how I’m doing with my #MustReadin2016 list!
–Paycheck to Paycheck– On one of my other blogs I shared my financial situation and it’ll be interesting how I handle debt!
I didn’t realize the team behind Grandfather Gandhi had collaborated for another picture book. (I wonder if this is going to be a series?) This tackles an interesting concept of passive violence in terms of being wasteful. It’s quite intriguing. Maybe this could be included in Earth Day readalouds.
I didn’t know what I was expecting with this picture book. I was fascinated by the art. Told in rhyme with a nice message, it’s a fine enough story.
Cute story about being your own self and not following what others are doing unless you want to.
I wanted to read this a second time before I reviewed it. Maybe it was too hyped up for me to actually enjoy it. I’ll still recommend it thought for the art styles and it’ll be a good discussion about how we perceive others.
I was very excited to see Elephant and Piggie again even as hosts to a new series of beginning readers. In this first installment, we have four friends and three cookies causing one big problem. Dan Santat is hilarious and I love the different art styles he used in this one.
I was very excited to see Elephant and Piggie again even as hosts to a new series of beginning readers. In this second installment, Laurie Keller writes about blades of grass who end up growing- except one. I really thought the ending was going to be much darker than it actually was but I remembered grass doesn’t bleed.
I loved Alessandro Sanna’s The River a few years ago and Pinocchio is/was my favorite Disney movie- plus I was familiar with the original story- so I was kind of excited for this. It was a very original take for a prequel with lots of hints at what lay ahead for our main character. Beautiful illustrations. And there’s a story behind why this story was written.
I love that I didn’t even know about this new release and it’s one of my top middle grade novel of 2016! It reminded me a little bit of Maniac Magee because of the running aspect. And while I was annoyed at Ghost’s character in the beginning- but only because I hate it when people are randomly picked out for their “special-ness” like he was when he decided to crash their practice- I loved the authenticity of his thoughts and actions. Of all the drama they threw at him, I appreciated how Jason Reynolds decided not to overdo it and it made the story flow so much better. I’m hooked. I can’t wait for the other books in the series. (This is also a great example of a novel with which I think people are calling “casual diversity.”)
I’d been meaning to read Raina Telgemeier’s other works since she’s super popular and I did enjoy Smile. I really had a blast reading Drama- and I was to see what the drama was some people had with this graphic novel. It reminded me of the TV show Glee- all its good and bad parts.
I didn’t enjoy this as much as Smile or Drama. I have to hand it to A though because she wasn’t portrayed so well and it was just written off as part of who she was. It’ll be interesting if she would eventually write a complete memoir of her childhood as a graphic novel-text hybrid, even using parts from Smile and Sisters.
I admit I wasn’t as much a fan of this one as the first one. I did like the fact it builds on everything from the first book without recapping. At the same time, the computer coding lessons were a bit more difficult. I think readers who are already into the subject will enjoy it more. The story wasn’t as strong although everything is building up to something I can’t wait to read about!
I was very curious about this graphic novel because I love books about bookstores. This focused on the Strand bookstore and a union dispute that was going on a few years ago. It seemed kinda whiny to me even though of course I want everyone to be paid a respectable amount.
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!