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.
This is a beautiful lullaby with dreamy illustrations.
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This is a laugh-out-loud fractured tale of "Little Red Riding Hood." I loved the illustrations, the trickster elves, the three blind mice, Roja's cowboy boots, the birds singing in Spanish, the spunky and technology savvy grandmother with her Jesus figurine, and the Spanish words sprinkled throughout the rhymes of the tale. Fun!
Bernard is formally invited to the Highbrows' house for dinner. His mother coaches him all week on table manners. However, after the butler answers the door, nothing turns out as expected. Funny!
I love the drawings and pops of color in this counting book about a boy looking for his dragon.
I thought the colors of Marino's illustrations were gorgeous. This lyrical story is about a father and son whale's journey/migration through the ocean. At the point when Little Blue feels lost and starts to listen for Papa's song, it seemed to speak of a spiritual lesson, too, about trust and listening for guidance. This is a very peaceful, joyful, and beautiful book.
I love this pairing of author and illustrator!
I love Lane Smith's illustrations that accompany Scieszka's crazy science poems. This would be fun to use for allusion since Scieszka plays around with some well-known poems. Kids will get a kick out of the humor.
Jarrett is one of my favorite people in the children's lit world! I just think he's so funny and kind.
Don't you just love the title? This is a really cute story, perfect for a primary classroom to talk about bullying and friendship. Love the expressions on the characters' faces!
I wish I had someone to talk to about this book - how strange and confusing. I really have no idea what happened. Ha. It took me a while to get into, but the last half was really compelling. I just wish I could make more sense of it.
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I read Sonnenblick's Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip and loved it. I loved this one, too, so I'm obviously a fan of his! He creates such a real and lovable teenage protagonist - full of honesty, sarcasm, angst, and heart. Sonnenblick takes on such a serious topic, cancer, and manages to capture its devastation while hanging on to hope and humor. I loved Steven and his little brother, Jeffrey, and because of my perspective, felt for the parents, with all their imperfections and short-comings. This is the perfect book for tweens and teens. I have some 6th graders who are reading A Fault in Our Stars, which I think is too old for them (but they love it). I'd much rather steer them toward this title!
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My family loves to read, too!
I can't wait to read this! I just bought it...
What are YOU reading this week?