Book Journey, Jen over at Teach Mentor Texts along with Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers also host a kidlit version of It's Monday! What are You Reading?
Last week I reviewed:
The Geek's Guide to Dating by Eric Smith
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Last week I finished reading:
The Animal Book by Steve Jenkins
Wow! I absolutely loved this, which is surprising since I'm not usually a fan of informational books. Longer review forthcoming this week.
Recipe for Adventure: Naples! by Giada deLaurentiis
lovely story about the importance of food and family. While the writing
lacked a true and distinct voice, it was an entertaining read
Finished reading with my ears:
The Paradox of Vertical Flight by Emil Ostovski
I really enjoyed this quirky little book. It's kind of a sleeper; not much has been publicized about it, but it packs a philosophical, literary punch in the YA world.
Picture books worth talking about:
God Got a Dog by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Marla Frazee
certainly thought-provoking and discussion-worthy, I'm not entirely
sure how I feel about these poems. It felt somehow wrong to bring God
down to a human-level and think of Him/Her as anything other than
Almighty. Then again, there is lots to talk about here with regards to
humans being made in God's image and likeness. So there's that.
Snowflakes Fall by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Steven Kellogg
beautiful. MacLachlan and Kellogg teamed up to create this book as a
tribute to the Sandy Hook shooting victims, but it is not overtly so.
The writing and illustrations stand on their own, even without the
knowledge of what inspired them.
Trouper by Meg Kearney, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
I found so interesting about Trouper is that it didn't beat you over
the head with the fact that he was a three-legged dog. In fact, it took a
few minutes for me to process that he was missing a leg because the
illustrations and text are not obvious. If you don't read the inside
flap synopsis (which I admittedly did not at first), there's a lot of
inferencing going on, especially when you get to the last page.
Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton by Megan McCarthy
this story of Betty Skelton and love that Meghan McCarthy took it on in
the form of a picture book. I am a fan of her friendly, wide-eyed and
Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Tim Bowers
upon his first attempt at breathing fire discovers he breathes
something else instead. Hilarious story about celebrating differences.
The President Has Been Shot: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson
This book is a page-turner. I'm finding myself being so immersed in the story that I genuinely feel like I was there that day in November of 1963 when Kennedy was killed. I'm having a hard time separating reality from what I'm reading when I'm immersed in the pages of this book. It is so good!
Currently reading with my ears:
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
Amazing book paired with an amazing narrator = audiobook slam dunk.
The Memory of After by Lenore Appelhans (ends 12/18)