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My Reading Week #IMWAYR- March 5, 2017

05 Mar

I changed the name for my “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” posts to “My Reading Week.”

This week, I posted:

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge Wednesday

Celebrate This Week– This week, I’m celebrating #LoveMonth.

Good Morning, Superman!Good Morning, Superman! by Michael Dahl

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I was surprised that I enjoyed this more than I did because I’ve been under the impression that certain characters have become too commercialized and dumbed down to appeal to the masses- which is kind of crazy since the public are smart enough to handle their superheroes having ambiguities. Anyway this cute picture book follows two parallel story lines of a young boy and Superman, one starting off his day and the other saving the day.

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Today I Feel . . .: An Alphabet of EmotionsToday I Feel . . .: An Alphabet of Emotions by Madalena Moniz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this alphabet book. It’s a nice way to talk to kids about what they’re feeling.

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Little Fox in the ForestLittle Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A picture book about two friends on the hunt for the girl’s missing stuffed fox. Following the culprit leads them into a charming forest village.

I didn’t really like the resolution. And I couldn’t help but think about The Golden Girl’s episode where Rose’s stuffed animal gets accidentally donated.

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This House, OnceThis House, Once by Deborah Freedman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dreamy illustrations and an interesting concept of what a house is made of and where the materials came from. Includes a prompt inviting readers to think about the history of their own homes.

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Lola Gets a CatLola Gets a Cat by Anna McQuinn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the Lola series because she’s part of such a literate family, making regular trips to the library. And, in this instance, when she wants a cat, she first reads about what it’ll entail to be a pet owner. Great example for kids.

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American CityEvicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was hesitant to read this at first, worried that it was going to be too textbook-sy, but I needn’t have worried. Matthew Desmond focused on a few people in various stages of eviction. This method made it more relatable. It was eye opening how much of a business this has become which I think makes it more difficult to find solutions.

I did go to a book club to discuss this. Most of the attendees were regulars so I didn’t really feel comfortable sharing my thoughts. Plus, I was definitely the youngest one there by far. It was cute though. The first five minutes was about how cold the room was.

It wasn’t an easy book to get through and it was a timely book. Poverty is practically everywhere. Thinking about the problem as a whole is overwhelming. It reminded me, just with everything else we want to change, we need to start small because we can’t change anyone other than ourselves. Hopefully, by doing so, we can set an example within the people we know, our circles of influence. It’s hard to think about changing the world when you’re trying to just get by on a day to day basis. By focusing on fixing your current problems- and helping others along the way if you’re able- you’re also creating solutions for the big picture.

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Hilo: The Great Big Boom (Hilo Book 3)Hilo: The Great Big Boom by Judd Winick

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hilo continues to improve. Now on its third volume, the friends find themselves in a warring planet. Not only do they have to find a way back to Earth but they must also help Hilo remember his past. What will his memories reveal? How will it change everything? Readers will gobble this book up and start counting down to the the next installment which doesn’t release until Spring 2018. Aaaahhh!

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Rapunzel's Revenge (Rapunzel's Revenge, #1)Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m a fan of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series and I read them all and I wanted to read his other books as well, even the ones he just illustrated like this series written by Shannon and Dean Hale. I’m a fan of Shannon’s Princess in Black series and, in Rapunzel’s Revenge, she had created another female protagonist who’s a force to be reckoned with! Taking familiar fairy tale storylines, this duology puts a fun new twist on them. In the first book, Rapunzel and Jack (of the beanstalk fame) are sort of wild west Robin Hood’s.

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Calamity Jack (Rapunzel's Revenge, #2)Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m a fan of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales series and I read them all and I wanted to read his other books as well, even the ones he just illustrated like this series written by Shannon and Dean Hale. I’m a fan of Shannon’s Princess in Black series and, in Rapunzel’s Revenge, she had created another female protagonist who’s a force to be reckoned with! Taking familiar fairy tale storylines, this duology puts a fun new twist on them. In the sequel, which I didn’t enjoy as much, we delve into Jack’s past as he tries to figure out a future with Rapunzel.

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Review Notes
***= 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!

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6 responses to “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- March 5, 2017

  1. cweichel

    March 5, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Your review and comments on Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City resonated for me this week because last week I attended a free lecture on Political Populism and the Rise of the Right. The panel members talked about the role poverty and general insecurity plays in the development of what they called punitive populism (what you have going on there with # 45, and what we here in Canada are seeing more of.) I enjoyed both Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack.

     
  2. Jane the Raincity Librarian

    March 6, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Evicted sounds like a powerful and timely book. Housing is a major, major issue here in Canada, too, and of course it has such powerful ripple effects, where losing your home can cause so many other parts of your life to fall apart. It’s sobering, and truly eye-opening to realise the precarious nature of so many lives, even here in the so-called First World.

     
  3. TeachersforTeachers (@ClareandTammy)

    March 6, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks for telling us about Lola Gets a Cat – We will check out that series.

     
  4. Michele

    March 6, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    I absolutely loved Little Fox in the Forest. But, I had everyone in my office read it and many people did not like the resolution either. It’s actually interesting to hear how everyone thinks it should end!

     
  5. lindabaie

    March 6, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    I shared House, Once today too, and love it a lot, Earl. Love the idea of an Alphabet of Emotions and others are sharing Little Fox In The Woods, too. Will look for those! I’ll also note that book, Evicted. It doesn’t sound fun, but one that is a must read. Thanks!

     
  6. Myra GB

    March 13, 2017 at 3:13 am

    I really enjoyed Rapunzel’s revenge which we featured years back when we had our fractured fairy tale theme. 🙂

     

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