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?
My Monday posts are generally just a highlight of what I've been reading
during the week so if you'd like to see all that I've been reading,
follow my Goodreads page.
Books I reviewed last week:
Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Anthony
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena, illustrated by Christian Robinson
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye
I finished reading:
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The rhythm, pacing, and
heart of this novel in verse makes it probably the best I've ever read
of this format. It's one of those books I am kicking myself for not
having read sooner. Would be a good book for a a middle school class
Favorite picture books from last week:
The Little Chapel That Stood by A.B. Curtiss, illustrated by Mirto Golino
Review of this one is forthcoming.
This beautiful, moving poem
is a tribute to unwavering strength, faith and the search for a symbol
of hope in a time of such tragedy.
The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey
Morbid, disturbing, subversive, and... delightful? I
can't even pin down an audience for this book. It is incredibly strange
and disturbingly endearing (there's an oxymoron for you). Despite the
fact that it's an ABC book about how young children perished, it has a
pleasant and lilting rhyme scheme. I kind of compare it to the song
"Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People -- its incredibly disturbing
lyrics were first overlooked by its toe-tapping beat and upbeat melody.
The Gashlycrumb Tinies kind of has the opposite effect: at first you are
horrified by the fact that this is a book about the demise of young
children, but then the musical rhyme scheme takes over your good sense.
Demon Derby by Carrie Harris
Currently reading with my ears:
In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis