Thanks to Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts for hosting the meme “It’s Monday! What are you reading? From Picture Books to YA”. Check out Jen and Kellee’s site to see what others are reading through their posted links. You can also find posts from folks using the hashtag #IMWAYR on Twitter.
I’ve been way off my reading game recently. It’s been a few weeks since my last post, as we’ve been dealing with a battery of doctor’s appointments (including several all-day ones!) in an attempt to manage a nagging injury my soccer playing 11-year old daughter is having with her foot. I was hoping with my two week absence, I’d have a lot to show for it, but alas the stack is tiny! My reading goals will continue to be modest for the near future as I’ve got lots of appointments and therapy to be assisting with.
Click on the cover images for the synopsis of each book.
On the 5-star Goodreads scale, I gave this one 3-stars, but for me it’s probably a 3.5. It was cute and had some wonderful “Mo-ments” of comedic phrases and illustrations, but I just didn’t love it as much as his other work. The rest of the family thought it was a riot, so I think I’ll re-read it before it goes back to the library to see if I change my tune. I think it’s going to be better appreciated by older kids in grades 2 and up, as I think younger kids may not understand or fully appreciate the humor of the dinosaurs’ plan in this fractured fairy tale story. (2012)
Olivia fans will love this latest book. It is my favorite since the original Olivia book. The fiercely independent and wildly imaginative Olivia tells us how she manages in a girly-girl, princess world. (2012)
Another lovely collaboration by the Steads. Bear is a kind and thoughtful friend always worried about the comfort his friends. He’s eager to share his story, but is too busy helping others and forgets the tale. His friends prompt him and he is finally able to begin his story of friendship. I love how Erin Stead treats most pages very minimally and others more boldly. Her images set a calm, beautiful and reflective mood for the text. This would make for a terrific read aloud. (2012)
Middle Grade Suspense-filled Fantasy
I am not normally a fan of fantasy stories, but I liked that this was balanced with elements of historical fiction with it’s setting of Dickensian England (primarily London, but also the English countryside). Two young children (and eventually a third child) get caught up in the magical doings of two manipulating grownups. In some ways it reminds me of The Night Circus both with its darker tone and storyline of the manipulation of others. I liked this story much more, as I connected better with these children and their fates. I’m waiting to hear a kid-opinion on this one, as it is so different from other fantasy out there. I’m thinking it would best appeal to older grade school and middle school readers. (2012)
Graphic Novels for Tweens and Middle Schoolers
This graphic novel has a cult-like following among tweens and middle schoolers and I can see why. It’s an honest, warm, and witty look at all the physical and emotional changes for kids that age experience as they navigate their social world. It is made all the more real for readers as this is the author’s own story. (2010)
This week’s Reading Adventures:
Continuing . . .
I set Broken Harbor to the side, to focus on Splendors and Glooms, but now I’m looking forward to diving back in to this adult mystery. My third-grader and I are making good progress with The Benedict Society, but I’ll say it again, “Lordy, it’s long.”
After I finish the long over-due library copy of Broken Harbor, I’m starting Dobry in an effort to finish the Newbery Challenge sometime in the next century.