Monday, July 16, 2012

It's Monday! What are You Reading? 7-16-12

Originally hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, Jen and Kellee  over at Teach Mentor Texts also host a kidlit version of It's Monday! What are You Reading?

Books I read last week:
Words Set Me Free: The Story of a Young Frederick Douglass by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome
Beautifully told story of Douglass's quest for freedom through education.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
Cute and clever. The humor put me in mind of my favorite picture book Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? though the humor wasn't as natural and felt a tad more forced.

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral
I wasn't expecting this book to be as mysterious and creepy as it was. It also took me a while to get the symbolism of Chopsticks: the notes F & G representing the main characters of Frank and Glory and Chopsticks is described as F & G notes starting off close together and moving farther apart. 

This entire story was told mainly through photographs which lends itself to great discussion on making inferences and predictions (with older readers of course since there are some mature themes) but the story itself just didn't feel believable. I realize a lot had to be spelled out for readers to know what's going on, but it seems highly unlikely a school would suspend or expel a student via written letter. That is something you tell a parent in person or over the phone. It was little things like that that prevented me from thoroughly immersing myself into Frank and Glory's world.

Currently Reading:
Nothing new this week. I'll spare you the laundry list of all the books I'm STILL reading this week. :)

Currently Listening:
Split by Swati Avasthi 
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson 

Books I Reviewed Last Week:
Mozart Finds a Melody by Stephen Costanza
Darling picture book about how even geniuses like Mozart need a bit of outside inspiration every now and then. 

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
One of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. A must-read or must-listen. Either way you choose, it's a MUST!

Blind Spot by Laura Ellen
Debut novelist Laura Ellen writes an intriguing and page-turning mystery!

Chime by Franny Billingsley
This isn't so much a review as a rant about people who think YA lit isn't "literary" or challenging enough for high school students. I'd love you to comment with your thoughts.

Event Recap:
Kids Read Comics in Ann Arbor


  1. I've heard such mixed reviews about Chopsticks. I know at my school when students are suspended their parent is called, but a letter is also sent home with the student.

    Love your audio reviews! Since it's summer, I'm not in the car as much as during the school year, but I have some good titles lined up thanks to you!

  2. Chopsticks was...different. I've "read" it twice and I'm still not sure I really get it.

    Amy & Roger's Epic Detour is on my TBR list...thought I'd read it by now but I haven't gotten around to it.

  3. The Frederick Douglass PB looks great, and I've got everyone on board her to do Hero's Guide as an audiobook, but not until ski season when we've got a 4hr-roundtrip drive to the mountain. Having read it, I know they'll all love it! Have a great reading week!

  4. I like the cover of Chopsticks and it sounds so intriguing. I have it on my TBR already. I think I have the Epic Detour book, too...that one sounds fun AND I even like the cover of that one! There are just so many books....

  5. Chopsticks was on my tbrlist and then I removed it. It does sounds interesting, but I'm just not sure. Also Words Set Me Free: The Story of a Young Frederick Douglass sounds good. Powerful. :)

  6. I actually just requested Chopsticks. It was recommended to me by librarians based on previous books I read. It'll be an interesting read to see what makes it so divisive!