Monday, October 12, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? 10-12-15

It's Monday! What are you reading? Is a wonderful community of readers, teachers, and librarians. Hosted by Jen over at Teach Mentor Texts along with Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers, participants share their reading adventures from the past week along with their reading plans for the week ahead.

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.

Last week I reviewed:

Endless Summer by Katie Lee

Picture books I read:

Hello World by Paul Beavis
Read Mrs. Mo's Monster before reading Hello World. It will make more sense that way. 

Lizard from the Park by Mark Pett
I absolutely loved this book and have so much more to say about it. I hope I can find the time to write a full review on it. But I will say this: reserve judgment for this book until you've read it at least two or three times. In one reading you are sure to miss many delightful little details that will suddenly give this story new meaning. It's now one of my favorite picture books of 2015.

The King and the Sea by Heinz Janisch, illustrated by Wolf Erlbruch
A unique and captivating book about a king and each page is a different story about how he interacts with the world. Lots of philosophical discussions are sure to ensue when reading this book with a group of students.

Billy's Booger by William Joyce
I know this book deserves a better rating than I gave it on Goodreads (3 stars), but I just really can't get past the idea of the word booger being in the title. There are certain gross things that make some people laugh and other people cringe. I'm in the latter category with this one. That doesn't mean I don't recognize that this is a great piece of writing and has wonderful artwork. I just wish it weren't about a booger.  

 Still reading with my eyes and ears:
 Stand-Off by Andrew Smith
Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan  


  1. I'm looking forward to Lizard from the Park, as I am a fan of Mark Pett! I agree with you about boogers.

  2. Had to laugh at your comments about the booger. Anything with poop, farts, or boogers has such huge kid appeal--for MY kid anyway--that I'm always appreciative of those kinds of books. Gorgeous artwork! I wish Billy's story had been a little shorter--this book is a tough readaloud for me simply because it takes SO long to read Billy's book inside the story and it's a bit dull to me. I totally agree with your review of Lizard from the Park--I read it fairly quickly in the bookstore and that's not the way to experience the story. I'm looking forward to a reread!

  3. You have a point about boogers...I feel the same way, but my sixth graders gravitate towards these books like lemmings. Sigh.

  4. You've got me curious about Lizard From the Park. I'm reading Stand Off on audio too. :)

  5. I often think about how you and I have such similar interests. The only channel I really watch is Food Network, and we both love, love, love books. It is good to have a friend in you, Beth. :)

  6. Are you enjoying Daughter of Deep Silence? Just picked it up from the library. Trying to decide how quickly I should read it. Lizard from the Park looks lovely.

  7. Your review of Billy's Booger made me laugh :)
    Lizard From the Park wasn't my favorite Mark Pett book, but now I feel I need to go back and look at it again. I did catch the Wild Things reference!

  8. Wow, I have read so many conflicting things about Lizard From the Park - I really do need to get my hands on a copy and explore it for myself. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love everything by Wolf Erlbruch - and look forward to finding The King and the Sea. :)