It's the St. Patrick Version!
The countdown to Spring Break is on! Can't wait for some more reading time. I had a good week even with lots of work time!
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
I received an early copy of this book from John Schumacher, after winning it in a giveaway on his blog. This book is AMAZING! I am such a huge fan of Dan Santat's illustrations, but he is a fantastic storyteller as well! Beekle is going to go straight into your heart and stay there! The illustrations are out of this world good - it's a feast on the eyes! Wait until you see the gorgeous sea dragon! The story of Beekle, who just wants to have a friend, will resonate with everyone. I loved seeing Beekle go after his dream because he wanted it bad enough. I can't wait to see kids have conversations about this book! I will be sharing it with several classrooms at school and then it is going into my school library. After all, Mr. Schu asked us to pay it forward, what better way then to share this gorgeous book with a school?
Urgency Emergency: The Big Bad Wolf by Dosh Archer
Cute version of Little Red Riding Hood. Kids are going to be laughing out loud when they see Granny down the Wolf's throat! Pair it with Chris Duffy's Fairy Tale Comics, the "Little Red Riding Hood" version.
Chapter Books for 2nd/3rd graders
The Life of Ty: Penguin Problems by Lauren Myracle
Good beginning chapter book. Ty has no-longer-the-baby syndrome. He's craving a little bit of momma's attention. But it's probably not a good idea to wander away from the group when on a school field trip or worse yet, steal a penguin from the aquarium!
Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg
My Goodreads review: Julie Sternberg has started a great series for early chapter book readers. Second graders and third graders will enjoy this series, as well as be introduced to reading in verse.
Eleanor is a spunky kid who youngsters will relate to because of her adventures and challenges.
You have to enjoy a character who says things are "as bad as the black parts of a banana." I get that. I also appreciated when she said, "I closed by eyes and decided to move to Florida." I'm with you...
Young kids will appreciate the illustrations of Matthew Cordell - they add to the story without it taking over. Just what those young chapter book readers want.
Squish #1 by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
The creators of Babymouse are behind the Squish series. I can see boys really enjoying this series. Some of the science brought me back to some old school days... Lots of sarcasm in this book.
Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell
I read this one with my daughter for our book club. I was interested in seeing her thoughts in this book, since like the heroine, my daughter also has a foot (and leg) disability. Her final reaction was she (my daughter) thought the main character, Tilda, learned a great lesson that she could do anything she wanted if she put her mind to it. That lead to a great discussion :) She also related the book to the movie "Frozen", she said they were the same because it wasn't the boy and "true love's kiss" that solved the problem, it was the love between family, or in this case, almost-family, that won!
Seven Stories Up by Laurel Snyder
My Goodreads review: I loved this book. I loved the thought of being able to change something in history that leads to a positive change in the future. It's a great concept and one I'm glad Laurel Snyder explored.
I remember reading when the book came out a post on Nerdy Book Club that the author had written giving some backstory to this novel. It was interesting to hold that in my head while reading.
I loved her notes at the end of the book. She challenges readers to think of a question about their own past or something that hold their interest, their passion, and to go find out more information about it. Wow, she just explained Genius Hour!
I have two big huge problems, and this is what lead me to rate the book from 5 stars to 4. 1. I didn't like that she used the word "sucks" several times in the story. I don't like when young students use that word and I make them change their choice in words. I don't allow my child to say that word. I really really wish she had not included it. I think another word would have worked just as well - it wasn't the word that described what was going on in the scene, so another one could have been used. 2. She outs the Tooth Fairy - Annie complains that her mom is the worst tooth fairy! I was planning on handing this book off to my 3rd grader. Never mind. Not sure when I'll give this book to her now! I was planning on book talking this book with the 4th graders but now I won't. I don't want to be held responsible for any un-believing! Ugh! Bummer!!!
Amazing book. Just want to change those two things!
I read my first real adult book this week!
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
Currently (and Still) Reading:
Kingdom Keepers: Unforseen, a novella by Ridley Pearson
This novella gives us more information about Jess and Amanda, the fairlies that help out in the Kingdom Keeper series.
Dangerous by Shannon Hale
Unstoppable by Tim Green
I know, I've been reading this one for awhile. So many library books have come in in the meantime, so some of the books I own (this one and the one below) have been put on the hold shelf.
Ava and Pip by Carol Weston