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.
Not a high book count for me, but I’m glad I did finish two novels and even started on a third. I’m hoping to keep up with alternating newer and older titles as I plow through what is an always growing to-be-read pile!
Click on the cover images for the synopsis of each book.
Confession: I like this one way more than Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back, which has been a cult-like sensation with other book loving friends since it came out in 2011. Call me a curmudgeon, but I just didn’t like IWMHB. Honestly, I can’t tell you why, as this book is pretty similar as it involves theft and revenge, too. In this book, a small fish steals a hat from a large fish and is convinced he will get away with it. But will he? I love the subtle expressions and details in Klassen’s muted illustrations. Perceptive younger audiences might like this one, though I suspect it’s the irony of this one will be better appreciated by kids in grade 2 and up. (2012)
Other books I finished:
Newbery Challenge 1936. I’ll be discussing this one further when I do my write-up on 1930s Newbery books, but this one was okay, though probably not one I’d recommend. We follow a very perky and animated young girl, Lucinda, during a year in New York, spent on, you guessed it, roller skates. Her cheeriness is diminished by a death of an admired young child friend and by a very strange and poorly explained murder of another adult friend, which I found very odd.
Admittedly, I’m a huge reader of historical fiction so it’s no wonder I adored Hattie Big Sky, a Newbery Honor in 2007. Sixteen year old, orphaned Hattie heads to Eastern Montana to take over the homesteading claim of a deceased uncle that she never met in 1918. The challenges of life in the harsh Montana prairie, concerns about World War I, and the 1918 influenza epidemic make for a very emotional and gripping read. Hattie’s determination against incredible odds will have you cheering. I’m looking forward to the sequel, Hattie Ever After, which is due out in early 2013. While considered a young adult title, I think it’s appeal can stretch in both directions. My fifth grader really enjoyed it, and there were no content concerns for me as a parent. I also think on a storytelling level, many adult fans of historical fiction will like this one as well. In fact, I sent my mom, who was visiting this weekend, home with my copy! (2006)
This week’s Reading Adventures:
Finish . . .
I’m not too far into this, but I can tell adventure-loving kids are going to enjoy this one. (2012)
Not sure what is going to strike my fancy on the novel front. Sharon Creech’s The Great Unexpected? Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck? Something else? Hmm.
I’m also going to carve out some time to go to the library and find some picture books both new and old, including the 1956 Caldecott award books.