Thanks to Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts for this meme!

I was able to do a library hop and visit a couple of bookstores which you can read about on my other blog

The Book Nook (Canby)

North Bank Books

20th Ever Library Hop: Books and Bridges Edition

And, now for the book reviews…

Once Upon a CamelOnce Upon a Camel by Kathi Appelt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A nice new middle-grade read-aloud featuring Zada who may be the last camel in Texas. After a sudden windstorm disrupts her and her friends’ lives, she must be caretaker to two baby birds as they look for the parents, avoid a mountain lion, and find a new home. She shares details of her life which began in Turkey and with a herd of others camels including her best friend, Asiye. It’s a wonderful example of how stories can get us through difficult times.

KaleidoscopeKaleidoscope by Brian Selznick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Selznick’s books are always an experience with their mix of text and illustrations. These vignettes of love, loss, friendship, and the fantastical remind me of Chris Van Allsburg’s The Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Like a kaleidoscope, the whole story is fragmented and in this case they may seem to fit together but creates a whole new picture altogether.

Ain't Burned All the BrightAin’t Burned All the Bright by Jason Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My #antiracistreads for this month wasn’t on my radar but it should definitely be on yours. It is Jason Reynolds’s upcoming teen novel Ain’t Burned All the Bright which includes art by Jason Griffin. This very unique book is an experience about black lives in a time of a pandemic when the world is on fire- literally and metaphorically. Jason Reynolds is like a sorcerer with his ability to captivate readers. It’ll be interesting to listen to the audiobook version as well. This comes out January 11th.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy Reading!

5 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- September 20, 2021

  1. Oh, lucky you to already have read the new Jason Reynolds! It sounds great. I liked reading what you wrote about Once Upon A Camel. It’s such an intriguing idea to write about a camel, sounds great, too. And thanks for Kaleidoscope, a new title for me. Have a great week, Earl!

  2. I’m glad you had some fun library/bookstore trips! Ain’t Burned All the Bright sounds like an excellent read, and I will see if I can cram it in at some point. I’ve heard wonderful things about Brian Selznick’s books and about Once Upon a Camel (I actually enjoyed another book by Appelt several years ago, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp). Thanks so much for the great post!

  3. Thanks for the heads up about Ain’t Burned All the Bright – like others here, I am very excited about a new book by Jason Reynolds.
    I am looking forward to reading Once Upon a Camel. I went to see who might be narrating it because The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp is narrated by Lyle Lovett. (I listened to it twice in a row because of this) Alas it is not him.
    Happy reading this week Earl!

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