Last week I finished:
The Big Sea by Langston Hughes
I much prefer Hughes's poems to his prose writing - at least when it comes to his autobiographical writing - I haven't read his fiction work yet. It was interesting to read about his life, but I was hoping his writing would be a little less utilitarian given that he is a poet.
Picture books I read and enjoyed last week:
Bark and Tim: A True Story of Friendship by Audrey Glassman Vernick and Ellen Glassman Giardo
I love the story behind why Audrey and Ellen wanted to write this book: they found one of Tim Brown's paintings on eBay and were drawn to it. This is one of those gems of a picture book that is currently hard to find as I believe it is no longer in print but since I am an Audrey Vernick fangirl, I had to seek out one of her lesser-known titles. :)
Mutt Dog! by Stephen Michael King
A homeless, yet resourceful dog always manages to find a place to sleep for the night, but today's find just might have led him to his forever home. I can never resist a good dog story, and this one is definitely a heartwarming one.
Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey, illustrated by Henry Cole
Two birds of a feather -
a chick and her dad -
lived by the shore
in a radical pad.
And with those first few lines paired with the lively, colorful illustrations, I knew this book was going to be great fun. And I wasn't wrong. This would be a fantastic classroom read aloud.
Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex
Adam Rex's illustrations in this book are so adorable they make you want to SQUEE! I didn't find the actual story particularly memorable, and the illustrations definitely do the heavy lifting here.
Graphic novel from last week:
Babymouse The Musical by Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm
By far my favorite Babymouse so far. I laughed throughout the whole thing. The musical theater references were absolutely brilliant, and while there is a great deal that kids might not pick up on, that what makes Babymouse one of those kid books with adult appeal too. It's kind of like Shrek that way: a cartoon movie made for kids but with some subtle adult humor thrown in to keep them entertained too.
Currently (still) reading:
Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
Still really enjoying this book. I can definitely see why it was such a heavy award winner.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Wow. This book is definitely a game-changer. I'm fascinated by all the research on the science of introverts. I'll have more to say about this one once I'm finished with it.
Last week I reviewed:
Period 8 by Chris Crutcher
The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson
Michael Symon's Carnivore
Other posts from last week:
Giveaway: Evermore and Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
Our school visited a mosque last week