These are memes started by Teach Mentor Texts and Book Journey, and I'm excited to participate, along with many other bloggers, in reviewing books I read the previous week. I'll be reviewing picture books through adult books.
Here are the books I read this week:
I attended a Loren Long event and signing today at Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore, my favorite independent bookstore. This is my second time meeting Loren Long and listening to him interact with children, read, and explain his creative process. He's so kind, funny, and interesting, and I enjoyed this one just as much as his Nightsong presentation. His new book, Otis and the Puppy, is adorable and delightful! I just love Otis, and the puppy is irresistible. I especially love the illustration on the title page of him stretched out, wagging his tail at a butterfly, because it reminds me of my dog, Ben. When the puppy is introduced to Otis's farm, all the animals love their new friend, and Otis is completely devoted after the puppy curls up on his tire to sleep. Every night after that, the puppy sneaks out of his dog house and sleeps with Otis in the barn, where he feels safe from the dark. One day, the animals and Otis lose the puppy when they are playing hide-and-seek. The puppy had gotten distracted while playing and wandered off into the woods. It gets dark, and after looking for a long time, the farmer decides they will call it a night and look again the next day. Otis could not let the night go by, though, and sets out to rescue the puppy. Even though he, too, is scared of the dark, the puppy must be found. Once again, Long created beautiful pictures with endearing characters who make us cheer for friendship and love. Here are some pictures and videos from the event:
Loren Long gave away his drawing to this lucky girl! Dogs from RECYCLED DOGGIES in Cincinnati were there.
2013-book, friendship, picture book, humor
I am a new Molly Idle fan. The first book I read by her Was Flora and the Flamingo, and now this one. I just love the humor, dramatic characters, and stories she creates. This one is so funny. Two kids invite a T. Rex over for tea and explain the etiquette for a tea party: provide comfortable chairs (LOVE the illustration of the T. Rex sitting in a tiny chair), hold a polite conversation, and provide a variety of tasty treats. The kids are very patient while T.