Monday, June 3, 2013

It's Monday! What are your reading? 6-3-13

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 and enjoyed last week:

Ball by Mary Sullivan
Only one word permeates this entire picture book, but that one word communicates so much coming from a dog. This book evokes everything I love about dogs: enthusiasm, hopefulness, and loyalty. 

Memoirs of a Hamster by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Tim Bowers 
I can see using this book along with Memoirs of a Goldfish to have kids write their own "Memoirs of a..." stories. 

If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
The writing is a like a beautiful free verse poem and the illustrations are gentle and soothing. Simply lovely. 

Vader's Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown 
I enjoyed this one just as much as Darth Vader and Son. I hope Brown continues with this idea and writes/draws more. 

Reviewed last week:
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley 

Currently (still) reading:

A Curious Man: The Strange and Brilliant Life of Robert "Believe It Or Not" Ripley by Neal Thompson 

Currently listening:

Vive La Paris by Esme Raji Codell


  1. Oh my! Vader's Little Princess looks awesome!

  2. I read Ball, too. What fun. I should hunt down a copy of Vive La Paris for the 48 Hour Book Challenge this weekend!

  3. Oh I want to read A Curious Man! It sounds fascinating!

    Have a great week :)

  4. Vive la Paris...I love anything by Codell. And Relish appeals to the foodie in me...

  5. I too adored If "You Want to See a Whale"; they're a great author/illustrator pair. All of your other picture titles look great "The Memoirs of . . . " books sound fun! After your early plug, I'm still patiently awaiting Relish at the library!

  6. I loved Memoirs of a Goldfish so I will need to look for the Hamster one. Ball looks great too! Have a great week!

  7. Wow, so many picture books I want to read! You Want to See a Whale is one of my most anticipated as I just adore Erin Stead's artwork and Ball looks absolutely delightful. I must read your review of Relish as well. I think I am going to love that GN!

  8. I've heard Brown is planning another in the Darth Vader series - about middle school!

    I love the "Memoirs" idea... that would make a great writing activity :)

  9. Ah! I love Memoirs of a Goldfish, didn't know there was a hamster version! Getting it!

  10. Another Memoirs book!? Yay! I really enjoyed Relish when I read it a couple weeks back.

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  11. Ball looks like a cute book. I'm currently reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares.

  12. Isn't If You want to See a Whale so lovely? I have shared this with a few groups of kids and it is kind of magical! I saw Relish in the front window of a local bookstore this weekend and thought of you! I read your Nerdy review :-)

  13. great list of lovely books! I must to share these to my boys!!

  14. Memoirs of a hamster looks really cute!
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