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
Molly Idle keeps her Flora series fresh in this board book designed to teach young readers to count from one to ten as the titular character finds herself bombarded by chicks. Lift the flaps reveals the chaotic fun.
Cute novelty board book in the shape of Russian nesting dolls about five sisters with different interests. The beautiful design and illustration makes up for the sparse text.
What I think of this book doesn’t really matter since when these two get together, it’s something everyone looks forward to. I may have hyped it too much before reading it but it’s still an enjoyable story and I’ll still read the other books in the series!
Bee-utiful wordless picture book about friendship. I also liked the information at the end about taking care of bees and also discovering how she came up with the idea of this book!
Gorgeous illustrations about the wonder of trees.
Lyrical text tells of a celebration of the magic found in books. The wonderful illustrations takes it a step further.
I didn’t particularly enjoy the text but I appreciated the depictions of different kinds of families in the illustrations.
In what I think is a must read novel of 2017 and my choice for a Newbery honor, See You in the Cosmos features one of the most original voices I’ve read in awhile. Alex (who’s half-Filipino) is entering a rocket launching contest in which he wants to include a recording of himself talking about his life for any intelligent beings who happen to come across his Golden I-Pod in outer space. It’s not an easy life with a mom who has more and more of her quiet days and a brother who lives in another state but fortunately he has his best non-human friend with him- his dog Carl Sagan named after his hero. Together they end up in search of Alex’s maybe dad but finds one surprise after another.
He reminded me of myself, in the sense that we both (all of us, really) are looking for simple answers to life’s big questions and maybe aren’t satisfied by the bits and pieces we get. But we’re not meant to know everything although the realization he gets towards the end (the passage that ends with words are shadows too) of the book was great.
(The iffy thing that made me not really like this novel though is that there are adults who decide to take a kid they don’t know with them. While good-intentioned, it just didn’t seem right.)
It’s a mix of Counting by 7’s and Wonder.
In my quest to find books by Filipino authors and/or featuring Filipino characters, I’d been introduce to fairly new middle grade author Erin Estrada Kelly. In this third stand-alone novel, we get four kids whose lives end up connecting in mysterious ways and told from their various points of view. From a shy Filipino boy with a grandmother who tells tales from the Philippines, a bully out to impress his father, a girl who’s navigating being deaf, and to an older sister who also happens to be a self-proclaimed psychic, readers will find themselves engrossed in their mini-adventures, each one adding a piece to the bigger picture.
And, I don’t think it’s a spoiler since it’s included in the summary, but one reason I didn’t particularly enjoy this book was I don’t like stories where kids get trapped in wells.
****= Highly Recommended
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Have a great reading week!