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

It feels a bit weird that I’ve been consistently posting again- and, not just that, but also commenting on other people’s blogs. WordPress still frustrates me but I’ll take what I can get, I guess. Click on the image to read about a Bookish Adventure I had earlier this month.
And, now, for the book reviews…

Little Black Lives MatterLittle Black Lives Matter by Khodi Dill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This board book celebrates and empowers and introduces Black Lives Matter to the littlest readers. I wish this was actually a picture book with additional information on the people mentioned here.

It Had to Be YouIt Had to Be You by Loryn Brantz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sweet message is paired with high contrast illustrations- black and white with splashes of red- in this board book.

For Your SmileFor Your Smile by Loryn Brantz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Playful animal sounds paired with a sweet message in this board book of high contrast illustrations- black and white with splashes of red.

Brantz B&w Board Book #3Brantz B&w Board Book #3 by Loryn Brantz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This board book of high contrast illustrations- black and white with splashes of red- gives caregivers milestones to celebrate (or look forward to) in a toddler’s life.

Anzu the Great ListenerAnzu the Great Listener by Benson Shum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A surprising message that many people need to know. Sometimes the best way to help others is not to fix it for them but to listen to them. Perfect for kids who love Pokemon and the Stillwater books by Jon Muth.

Gigi and OjijiGigi and Ojiji by Melissa Iwai
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Intergenerational. Cross-cultural. I enjoyed the relatable clashing when Gigi welcomes her grandfather from Japan to live with them. I can’t wait for more in this new levelled reader series.

The Secret Explorers and the Smoking VolcanoThe Secret Explorers and the Smoking Volcano by S.J. King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Super popular series in the bookstore and glad I finally read one since I enjoyed it. It’s like the Magic Tree House series but more science based and featuring a more diverse cast of characters. I like all the extra materials in the back including a glossary and a quiz.

Wretched Waterpark (Sinister Summer, #1)Wretched Waterpark by Kiersten White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Mysterious Benedict Society will enjoy this quirky and kooky middle grade series. Something sinister surrounds a trio of sibling’s summer break when their parents sends them off to stay with an aunt who may not be all there and who promptly sends them off to spend some time at a water park where the weird and wretched come aplenty with admission.

The Midnight ChildrenThe Midnight Children by Dan Gemeinhart
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was surprised by how much I didn’t resonate with this book considering I’ve enjoyed other books by the author. I was quite squeamish in the beginning of the novel especially with the scenes in the slaughterhouse and I thought the bullying was a bit much to have to stomach at the same time. The writing was good although the reader does have to be in a particular mood to enjoy it. There were moments in the book I was really engrossed and I wished it was more of that and less of the other things I mentioned.

The Mythology Class: A Graphic NovelThe Mythology Class: A Graphic Novel by Arnold Arre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Mythology Class should be considered alongside Watchmen as a classic graphic novel. Originally published as single-issue comics in 1999 in the Philippines, Arnold Arre’s masterpiece makes it US debut in this special edition.

Audacious and epic are just two words to describe this graphic novel featuring a hodgepodge collection of college students surprisingly and suddenly bound together to battle supernatural beings.

There are moments that were definitely signs of its times and doesn’t age well yet there is a timelessness with the story that will leave readers enthralled and completely anticipating what comes next for the characters in the upcoming sequel The Children of Bathala.


3 thoughts on “My Reading Week #IMWAYR- January 16, 2023

  1. What an interesting reading week Earl. I do wish that some of these books were available locally. I would love to read Little Black Lives Matter and The Mythology Class: A Graphic Novel, but…
    The Loryn Brantz books look good, but my grandchildren are getting closer to reading the Gigi and Ojiji books. Still, I suspect I should make note of them for new baby gifts!

  2. I still haven’t read The Midnight Children, though I’ve enjoyed Gemeinhart’s other books. Thanks for being honest about it. Wretched Waterpark is a new title, so I put it on the list, Earl. Thanks for the others. I don’t read many for the littles but will find a few. I switched over to your “events” page & read the Jan. ’23 one. That looks like lots of fun to go with a friend & share books in the Little Free Libraries. Have a great rest of the week!

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