Styling Librarian: What are you reading? 7/9/12
Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! I do so love keeping track of my reading and sharing with others each week. Personally, having this blog vs. just having a written book journal (which I still keep) and logging thoughts on Goodreads is a tremendously rewarding outlet. I am enriched connecting with other amazing bloggers and book reviewers in addition to connecting with other teacher librarians, fabulous educators, and readers from around the world!
Beep and Bah by James Burks - Really loved reading this hilarious picture book. My son loved the silliness, adventure, and simple dialogue- he read most aloud to me with robot voice. What fun. Thank you to Jen Vincent for the recommendation!! Summary from Goodreads: Beep is a robot who hungers for adventure. Bah is a goat that wants to stay out of trouble. When Bah discovers a single sock, Beep knows there’s only one thing to do: find its match! Together, Beep and Bah begin a journey that takes them over winding hills and deep into the ocean.
Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis, illustrated by Bob Kolar - What a fun alphabet book. Laughed all the way through the book. Goodreads Summary: Z is tired of always having to be last when the alphabet family lines up. He is demanding fair and equal treatment! The letters (more or less) agree to go backwards, but it’s not long before P has some ideas of his own. And so does H, for that matter. In fact, it seems as if almost every letter has a different opinion about how the alphabet should be arranged. It’s chaos! It’s pandemonium! And it’s definitely not as easy as A-B-C! Filled with visually humorous details, Bob Kolar’s colorful illustrations are the perfect foil for Alethea Kontis’s snappy story about the comic confusion that comes when the letters of the alphabet, like a class of unruly children, step out of order and show that each one has a mind of its own.
Bashi, Elephant Baby by Theresa Radcliffe, illustrated by John Butler - My son and I really didn’t expect the adventure and survival of the first day of an elephant baby’s life. Really cute and special. Goodreads Summary: Can Bashi find safety in time? As the sun rises over the African plain, a mother elephant and her newborn calf, Bashi, follow their herd down to the watering hole. But they are not alone, for the water has drawn some lionesses to the edge to drink and they are looking hungrily at Bashi. John Butler’s carefully researched, stunning illustrations bring to life this dramatic story of survival in Africa. “Another eye-catching presentation from the creators of Shadow the Deer…This title will attract youngsters wishing to experience the adventures of creatures in the wild”. (School Library Journal for The Snow Leopard)
One for the Murphys by Lynda Mullaly Hunt - Beautiful, fabulous, touching, fantastic realistic fiction book that I adored reading, every minute of it, even when it made me weep over decisions Carley had to make. It is a little upsetting with the main character who is abused and in a foster home she is scared to accept is a safe place. I highly recommend for students- mature 3rd and up through 8th grade. Goodreads Summary: Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she’s blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong–until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She’s not really a Murphy, but the gifts they’ve given her have opened up a new future.
Planet TAD by Tim Carvell – What a fantastic, hilarious, well written/organized book. Following the life of a middle school boy was a riot through Tim Carvell’s eyes. I loved that I could pick a journal entry and read it aloud to my husband we we could both laugh… I also loved how the storyline flowed with the character’s innovative job opportunities, fascinating and hilarious reflections on things from werewolves to St. Patrick’s Day and treasured every minute I flew through reading this most excellent book. I highly recommend to anyone who wants to laugh loads and I think it will be welcomed by any reader from 4th grade up. I’d especially recommend for those students who love Diary of a Wimpy Kid who don’t know what to read next. Goodreads Summary: Tad has an agenda: Survive seventh grade. He also wants to: grow a mustache, get girls to notice him, and do a kickflip on his skateboard. . . . But those are not the main reasons he started a blog. Tad just has a lot of important thoughts he wants to share with the world, like: Here is the first thing I have learned about having a dog in your house: Don’t feed them nachos. Not ever.
War Horse by Michael Morpurgo – So I finally read this brilliant historical fiction book from the voice of Joey- a farm horse. I clung to the story through all the terrible twists and turns of World War I. Highly recommended read. Maybe I’ll give in and watch the movie now. Enjoyed some of the performances I watched on video for War Horse theatrical performance. Goodreads Summary: In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’s courage touches the soldiers around him and he is able to find warmth and hope. But his heart aches for Albert, the farmer’s son he left behind. Will he ever see his true master again?
Fig Pudding by Ralph Fletcher – I adored reading this realistic fiction book… every chapter was a treasure where you grew to know each character, love the family, and laugh and cry along with them through a year’s time. Such a fabulous storytelling treasure of a book. Highly recommended, grade 4 and up. Goodreads Summary: Eleven-year-old Cliff Abernathy shares his family’s trials and tribulations.
The Tiger’s Apprentice, Book One by Laurence Yep – I read this book for Hong Kong Battle of the Books and was enchanted with a story that felt quite familiar and entertaining. It has a pretty fantastical adventure with animals and other magical creatures that can shape shift and blend in with humans and a fight to save the world. I’m eager to have time to continue reading the trilogy. Goodreads Summary: From the two-time Newbery Honor author comes the first book in his new action-packed fantasy series, now in paperback, in which the life of Tom Lee changes when he meets a talking tiger named Mr. Wu.
The Prince Who Fell From the Sky by John Claude Bemis – I cannot figure out why this book was in my radar and on my TBR pile beyond that it was a new release/post-apocolyptic setting… I found the setting fascinating and the animal perspective interesting as well. Loved the fierce love and steadfast caring that Casseomae had for the human cub. BUT I found myself slowed down, confused, and thrown by the same thing I found interesting- the setting. I could not picture the character’s movements and I became confused with words thrown in at times without definition. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood for this book. I was quite pleased with the conclusion. Goodreads Summary:
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