Monday, January 18, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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.
It's a picture book week!
This is one of the 2016 Geisel Honor winners!

Such a cute story! I could see it becoming a favorite among very young readers. The Clark Kent lookalike garbage truck saves the day when he rescues the city from a terrible blizzard. I have a couple youngsters I buy books for (Libby and Jamie's new nephews), so I'm going to keep this one in mind!
Two Mice

 I laughed out loud and "awwwwed" at the adorable expressions of the mice!
Written and Drawn by Henrietta
Written and Drawn by Henrietta by Ricardo Siri Liniers (Liniers), a TOON book
So darn cute!! Henrietta's love of art ("A box of colored pencils is as close as you can get to owning a piece of the rainbow") and her writing process made me smile all the way through this early-reader graphic novel. Her sidekick, Fellini, is adorable, and the helpful mouse is hilarious. Loved it!
 One Day, The End.: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories
 Clever! I had such fun looking at all the illustrations that accompanied each VERY short story! Young kids would get a kick out of using this as a mentor text.  
    Lost. Found.

So much said in so few words, thanks to a great story idea and Matthew Cordell's entertaining and creative illustrations. I love the expressions of the bear and the animals near the end as they discover the scarf in ruins and then help reconstruct the mess. What a fun story!
Little Tree

We all know the feeling - wanting things to stay the same, we resist change. But the only thing constant about life is change, so we better learn to embrace it and grow. Little Tree helps us discover this life lesson. I'm a huge fan of Loren's and have seen him a couple times in Cincinnati (which is his and my hometown), so I was thrilled that Colby Sharp sent me a signed print from Little Tree (along with some pages from Sunny Side Up) when I supported The Yarn.  It will go on my classroom wall, a cherished addition to my collection of children's book artists' originals and prints!
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Here's the Sunny Side Up original...
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  1. I love all of your books - although I still need to read Little Tree! I just wrote on Beth's blog, I own it, I just need to read it! Why is it books I own end up not being read?

  2. I know all these and love each one, Holly, except Supertruck is new. One Day & Written & Drawn by Henrietta are awesome, should be in every classroom for younger students. And I love the cute stories of Lost Found & Two Mice, just great.

  3. I have only read Little Tree, so I am Michele's opposite on this one. I need to fix that :)
    Happy reading this week!

  4. Ok--now I need to go find Super Truck and read it.