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Styling Librarian: What are you reading? 5/28/12

May 28, 2012
Mon Reading Button PB to YA

Here’s the inspiration behind this post: TeachMentorTexts  Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! It. Cannot. Be. May. 28th. Already. I’m a little in shock over the progression of days. I’m overwhelmed by personal life responsibilities with preparation to get rid of (almost) everything in preparation for moving to Hong Kong in less than 7 weeks. Y.I.K.E.S. So, I think that’s one excuse I have for not really prioritizing reading novels lately. I’m really excited about Graphic Novels, especially after the #titletalk that just occurred about them on 5/27, here’s my post about them: http://thestylinglibrarian.com/2012/05/28/styling-librarian-graphic-novels-through-titletalk-inspiration/

Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes by Lauren Child. I guess my only disappointment was that there were no illustrations in the book. I kept picturing them as I read based on what Lauren Child’s illustrations were in the past in books, but I know, it was more mature than her other books. I’d say it is a terrific book for students who love Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, Winston Breen series by Eric Berlin, Meg Cabot’s Allie Finkle series, and Wendelin Van Draanen’s Sammy Keyes mystery series. I enjoyed the quirky characters, the way Lauren Child was descriptive and made scenes in the story come to life in my head, even to when Ruby was chewing gum the LB spy said “Could you lose the gum”… Just made me chuckle here and there in surprise. Also, I love chapter title headings and some chapter headings did not disappoint, they guided me to think about what was coming next: from the beginning, here are a few: There Was a Girl Named Ruby; There’s a Lot of Truth in Fiction; and also Time Waits For No Man. I also loved the rules that Ruby mentioned throughout the book:

Rule 33: MORE OFTEN THAN NOT THERE IS A VERY ORDINARY EXPLANATION FOR THE “EXTRAORDINARY” HAPPENING.

Rule 13: THERE IS MORE TO MOST THINGS THAN MEETS THE EYE.

Rule 12: ADJUST YOUR THINKING AND YOUR CHANCES IMPROVE.

FINALLY:

Rule 19: PANIC WILL FREEZE YOUR BRAIN.

Book summary: Thirteen-year-old Ruby, a genius code-cracker and daring detective, gets an anonymous call setting a challenge that leads her to the headquarters of Spectrum, a highly secret anti-crime agency that needs her help to crack a code, but soon Ruby uncovers dastardly plans of the Fool’s Gold Gang. So, I loved that novel.

On to some picture books and a totally gorgeous poetry book:


First off, I adore Helen Frost’s book creations. I’m a huge fan of Diamond Willow and Hidden.

Step Gently Out by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder. Intro from Goodreads: What would happen if you walked very, very quietly and looked ever so carefully at the natural world outside? You might see a cricket leap, a moth spread her wings, or a spider step across a silken web.  –This is a gorgeous picture book with beautiful photographs and gorgeous poetic texts.

Here’s a quick book trailer promoting another book treasure I enjoyed- novel in verse: Hidden by Helen Frost:

Squish #3: Power of the Parasite by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm – Loved reading this wonderful graphic novel. Hilarious as always, love the partnership between Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. Also, this book feels even more special since I won it in a contest from Mr. Schu. I loved how in this book ethics came in- knowing how far is too far, why you don’t need to stick with a friend if you don’t agree with what what they are doing, and how comic books within comic books rock.

Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal - Loved this adorable book about two friends learning how to independently enjoy life. Perfect to share with kids needing to learn how to move beyond one friend. – Companion book to Spoon, thought I’d share the cute video of Spoon:

Another Brother by Matthew Cordell - Loved the family celebration. Very cute story where an older brother learns that he actually enjoys being looked up to… Fun book trailer:

Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger – I adore the connectivity of it all. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Huge fan of all of Laura Vaccaro Seeger’s work. My son wanted to poke his finger through some pages and then others he said “Wait, wait, wait, let me see where the secret hole is!”

Here’s the best trailer I’ve seen promoting special portions of books, terrific:

Want more book ideas and reviews? – Yes, I’m quite brief, but a prolific reader!  Please visit me at Goodreads:

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1941055-the-styling-librarian

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7 Comments
  1. Lots of great reading for you! I love the trailers for “Another Brother” and “Green”, but fun reads to share. Good luck getting organized for the move! Exciting!

  2. I have Hidden on my TBR list. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon! Love all of the book trailers :)

  3. I really enjoyed Step Gently Out. I haven’t read anything else by Helen Frost, but I’ll add it to my TBR for the summer. I love novels-in-verse. Lots of other great books! You have been busy!

    • I do so highly recommend her novels, enjoy! I never feel like I’ve been busy until I write a post and then I’m thrilled/reassured that I’d had a beautiful reading week. Enjoying those aplenty, good distraction from other major activities presently. :)

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