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Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

December 2, 2013

Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme!  Happy Picture Book Month!  I had a quieter reading week and don’t have as much to share. I’m adjusting to being back at work full time, which is wonderful, but not conducive to reading opportunities… I also finished a few terrific audiobooks and am a little burned out on listening to stories, shifted to a short story humorous adult book for the moment, I’m sure I’ll get lost in another fantastic audiobook soon! Felt quite lucky lately with the listening opportunities I’ve enjoyed.

Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino – FINALLY I had the chance to enjoy this wonderful book! I didn’t realize that it was part of a book order and when I had my first moment to address cataloguing, there it was waiting to be read at the bottom of a stack! So, I loved the premise of Doug Unplugged, robot could receive instruction by being plugged in but instead… embraces curiosity and goes to experience things instead. Very special. Highly recommended, not just because my husband shares the same first name. Goodreads Summary: “Doug is a robot. His parents want him to be smart, so each morning they plug him in and start the information download. After a morning spent learning facts about the city, Doug suspects he could learn even more about the city by going outside and exploring it. And so Doug . . . unplugs. What follows is an exciting day of adventure and discovery. Doug learns amazing things by doing and seeing and touching and listening—and above all, by interacting with a new friend.” — Just saw that there will be a sequel!! Doug Unplugs on the Farm! Can’t wait!

Granny Gomez and Jigsaw by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Scott Magoon – I missed this book when it was released a few years ago. It is one my son randomly selected for us to read this week… as usual, he has great selection power! Cute, special and hilarious- a perfect companion book to Mercy Watson. Granny Gomez is NOT a typical grandmother, your assumptions are challenged within the first few pages. This Granny doesn’t get a typical pet, instead, she receives a pig, and what a very special relationship develops. What a fun read aloud! Goodreads Summary: “Granny Gomez’s baby pig, Jigsaw, is the perfect roommate. He eats watermelon and watches cooking shows with her-he even does puzzles. But Jigsaw grows up-and out-quickly. Soon he’s too big to get up Granny’s back steps. It seems the only thing to do is build Jigsaw a barn. But once Jigsaw moves in, the two miss each other like crazy! Surely Granny and Jigsaw can find a solution, if they just put the pieces together. . . .”

jackoJacko and the Beanstalk by Kel Richards, illustrated by Rob Ainsworth – Rhyme your way through this Australian rendition to Jack and the Beanstalk. Great fun, interesting problems and solutions. Quick fun and good example of a fractured fairy tale. Publisher Summary: “Fee, fi, fo, fozzie – I smell the blood of a juicy Aussie. Be he alive or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to make my bread. Will Jacko make it down the beanstalk and escape the angry croc?”

Listened to:

The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost – Fantasy – Middle School/High School – This book threw me back into reflection on two different books- The Host by Stephenie Meyer and Mister Monday by Garth Nix. There were little bits here and there that made me remember those books… I’m quite grateful to my blogger/Twitter friends for mentioning this book and the sequel numerous times, led me to reading it! I really enjoyed the tough character who was prepared by his parents to deal with numerous tough situation but additionally had the ability to make decisions for himself. Interesting fantasy story that leads you to worry about who to trust, what really is happening in life, and how much technology can take away your power.  Goodreads Summary: “Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents’ insistence, he’s made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam. Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school . . . and is being followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he’s capable of–physical and mental feats that should be impossible–and learns that his abilities are connected to a struggle between titanic forces that has lasted for millennia.”

jamespmorwebJames Potter and the Morrigan Web by George Norman Lippert – Fantasy – 5th grade and up – For fans of Harry Potter, this is the fan fiction, book 4 of James Potter series.
 I enjoyed other James Potter books and realized that this was now available as a complete book. (For James Potter fans, the fan fiction author actually releases a chapter a week for a while until the book is completed. The books are free to download and quite popular. After reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I felt slightly validated to be a follower of some fan fiction. Already enjoying the beginning of this book. Think it will distract me through the next few weeks.

Read and reviewed this past week:

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Three Years and Eight Months by Icy Smith, illustrated by Jennifer Kindert

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Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, pictures by Matthew Myers


Nicholas by Rene Goscinny & Jean-Jacques Sempe

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  1. I fell in love with the Nicholas books! There’s even a French animated series that I just discovered but only watched a few minutes of it.

  2. Interesting about the Harry Potter fan fiction. I loved Fangirl, but have never read fan fiction. The Paladin Prophecy looks really good, and I loved Battle Bunny. ;-)

    • We have so many books to read, fan fiction too!?!! I thought this at first but then enjoyed this series. There are way too many out there, limiting myself to one!

  3. Tara Smith permalink

    I shall have to look into the James Potter books – my kids will love the very idea!

  4. Le petit Nicholas! Love, love LOVE him!

  5. I love Battle Bunny! Also – Doug Unplugged was a book I share a lot with teachers – paired with “Blackout” and “Hello, Hello” – all three with the similar theme. The James Potter books look great and I’m just becoming more familiar with “fan fiction”. I have an aussie friend who will LOVE the Jacko book! Thanks for including the book trailers!

  6. Oh Battle Bunny! So delightful. I adored Doug Unplugged and couldn’t wait to share it with my students. It is such an important book to read and talk about.

    • I agree, looking forward to sharing Doug Unplugged… prioritized reading aloud The Invisible Boy – Ludwig- recently, that’s a close follow up…

  7. I am amazed by the number of books you manage to read and review in a week! Wow! I have Garth Nix’s entire Mister Monday series but haven’t even started on it yet. paladin prophecy looks nice. the book cover of granny gomez jigsaw though caught my eye. thanks for sharing all these and the lovely videoclips too. :)

    • I had to really focus for the first few chapters with Mister Monday, but once I was into it, I just couldn’t stop… Thanks for visiting! :)

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