Weekly, the folks at Teach Mentor Texts, Jen and Kellee, host the meme “It’s Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA” It’s a chance to recap what I’ve read in the last week and look at what I’ll be reading in the week ahead. Check out Jen and Kellee’s site to join in, or see the links of other readers to find out where their reading adventures have taken them.
Click on the cover images for the synopsis of each book.
My Reading Adventures from the past week . . .
Not exactly a bountiful week for me reading wise, but I’ll blame the very summer-like weather we’ve had the last week in the Seattle-area. It’s a rare spring to have a week of sunny and 70, so we’ve all been a bit distracted! 🙂 The rain is back, however, so maybe my reading focus is, too!
Proving to be a hard act to follow:
I absolutely adored the Dunderheads picture book when I read it last year. I found it to be an amazing book mashup of Miss Nelson is Missing and the oddball gang of misfits from Ocean’s Eleven. This sequel didn’t meet the high expectations I had for it, but it is often hard to follow something that was so original and creative. It felt a bit choppy and didn’t have as many belly laughs for me as the original. My daughter, however, declared it to be, “Awesome!”, so check it out for yourself. Recommended for Second Grade and up. (Candlewick Press/2012)
Some great 2012 picture book releases:
A lovely book. Uncluttered in both the text and the images, and I mean that in the nicest way. A book about waiting and anticipation. A book about joy. A book about wanting to share that joy with others. A bonus, there’s sparkles that you can touch. I’d recommend for Preschool and up, and definitely try reading it with your big kids for the message. (HarperCollins/2012)
I’m still mulling this one over and it is definitely one to re-read. Klassen’s illustrations are amazing and I LOVE that they don’t print his books on shiny paper; matte paper works so much better for his work. The story reminded me of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree with the characters aging and nature changing with time. It is mesmerizing to look at and think that such a thing could happen. I have to admit at the end, I had to check that I hadn’t missed a page, because it just ends so quietly. I think it would be a great example of text that doesn’t have to have a big crescendo finale. I’d recommend this for grades 5 and up, and think it’d be particularly well suited to read and discuss together. Jen, at Mentor Texts, did a great review of this and has many thoughtful ways to use it in the classroom with older students. (Candlewick Press/2012)
Finished this chapter book for the Newbery Challenge:
Newbery Medal Winner, 1930. This tale is told from the perspective of the doll as she reflects on all the owners and adventures she had. This one was readable, though it felt too long.
Upcoming Reading Adventures:
Continuing this family read aloud . . .
A 2012 animal tale for middle graders . . .
Some historical fiction from Jenni Holm: