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

Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! On holiday now, not sure if I will REALLY update with what I’m reading until next week and the following, for now, here’s a snippet:

Celebrated this past Saturday: 
A Bucket of Blessings by Kabir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal,
illustrated by Jing Jing Tsong

Currently enjoying:

The Bridge from Me to You by Lisa Schroeder, release date July 29th, 2014- High School-  fantastic book, varying chapters. Enjoyed reading another book by this wonderful author. I was surprised at first that this wasn’t a novel in verse but still treasured this read since Lisa is so thoughtful and selective with her words throughout her books. Secrets developing in the book and touching layers are revealed… shall share more in another two weeks. Goodreads Summary: “Lauren has a secret. Colby has a problem. But when they find each other, everything falls into place. Lauren is the new girl in town with a dark secret. Colby is the football hero with a dream of something more. In alternating chapters, they come together, fall apart, and build something stronger than either of them thought possible–something to truly believe in.”

Grabbed a few books to enjoy on my first visit to a public library in Oregon in 15 months… (I was so thrilled to be there):

Awesome Dawson by Chris Gall – Great picture book, graphic novel feel, felt like I was reading a new adaptation of the movie version of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, my son agreed. Kiddo also said his favorite part was that the main character Dawson repeatedly said “Everything can be used again!” Pretty creative.
I thought this book would fit well with this booklist from What Do We Do All Day? Website that is called: 11 Books to Inspire Inventors and Engineers: Goodreads Summary: “EVERYTHING CAN BE USED AGAIN! That’s Dawson’s motto. He collects junk that people throw away and turns it into something STUPENDOUS. But when Dawson uses his skills to create a machine to do his chores for him, he discovers he might have invented something a little too… AWESOME. Can he stop the rampaging robot before it destroys the entire town?
Chris Gall inspires kids to reuse, repurpose, and recycle in this inventive adventure about a boy superhero who turns trash into treasures–and saves the world while he’s at it!”

Off We Go! A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand – Was curious about this book and wasn’t disappointed to realize it was a story about a little mole learning how to ride a bike without training wheels, quite a cute story. Reminded me of a recent Nerdy Book Club Book List post titled: Top Ten Books for Young Readers about Encountering Obstacles – Goodread summary: “In the third endearing Bear and Mole adventure, Bear helps his friend learn to ride a bike without training wheels. But even with Bear’s support, Mole grows frustrated and wants to give up. Gentle Bear tells Mole, “I think you can,” and Mole summons all his strength to make his first bike ride a success. Off he goes! This story is perfect for reading aloud.”

New books I enjoyed: (Just mentioning, not breaking the rules with full reviews since a few of these don’t come out til September…)

Julia’s House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke – release date, Sept. 2nd, 2014 – creative, witty, and well worth the purchase! Goodreads Summary: “When Julia and her walking house come to town, she likes everything about her new neighborhood except how quiet it is! So Julia puts a sign up: “Julia’s House for Lost Creatures.” Soon she’s hosting goblins, mermaids, fairies, and even a dragon. Quiet isn’t a problem anymore for Julia…but getting her housemates to behave themselves is!”

The Zoo Box by Ariel Cohn, illustrated by Aron Nels Steinke – release date, Sept. 2nd, 2014- my son and I enjoyed the twists and turns in this book! Reminded me of some novels pointing out, look out for what you wish for… like Pandora’s Box… Goodreads Summary: “When Erika and Patrick’s parents leave them home alone for the night, they head straight to the attic to explore. When they open a mysterious box, hundreds of animals come pouring out! Soon the town is awash in more and more zoo animals, until Erika and Patrick discover that the tables have been turned… and the animals now run a zoo full of humans!”

The Art of Plants vs. Zombies edited by Philip Simon – Kiddo was entertained, I was impressed with all the planning it takes to create the collections… Goodreads Summary: “Get the story of the mulchifying super hit Plants vs. Zombies from the zombies’ point of view! The Art of Plants vs. Zombies is part zombie memoir, part celebration of zombie triumphs, and part anti-plant screed, as well as a treasure trove of rare concept art, sketches, and more covering Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, and Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. It’s a must-have for any fan and an insider’s view of zombies with some Wall-nutty surprises and never-before-seen awesome art. Even Crazy Dave wants a copy – if only to learn more about his fun-dead foes!”

Other good books I had fun reading:

Goldilicious by Victoria Kann – 2009 – Enjoying the chance to continue to read this cute series… Goodreads Summary: “Being Pinkalicious is pinkatastic, especially when she’s accompanied by her pet unicorn, Goldilicious. Goldie is a roller-skating, kite-flying, high-jumping unicorn who will protect Pinkalicious from the evil wizardry of her little brother, Peter. Together, Pinkalicious and Goldilicious can conquer anything!”

Don’t Be Horrid, Henry by Francesca Simon, illustrated by Kevin McAleenan – 2000 – Enjoyed reading a few Horrid Henry book series a while ago, thought reading the picture book was entertaining. Yes. It was hilarious. Goodreads Summary: “Horrid Henry reaches a younger generation of readers in a new picture storybook.” – great little story about Henry’s reaction to his little brother and how he gets blamed for everything.

Animalympics- Panda Goes to the Olympics by Judith Simanovszky, illustrated by Adeline Ko – 2008 – Embrace your shortfalls and then figure out where you can dedicate your enthusiasm. Cute little story about a panda who wants to be a long distance runner… until realizing that it just cannot happen. Goodreads Summary: “This story is about a Giant Panda who loves to watch athletic events on TV. She decides that she wants to become a runner! Pandas aren’t normally good runners, so she has to work very hard to improve her running skills. Her parents are very worried about her because she’s always out of breath. They take her to the doctor who advises more rest, but the little panda refuses. When she turns up missing one day, they find her sound asleep on the ground. She realizes that she’s not really cut out for long-distance running, but then her dad tells her that they’re looking for Olympic mascots. The little panda applies and gets the job! Now she can be part of the Olympics!”

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33 comments on “Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

  1. Plants vs. Zombies. Minecraft. The Regular Show. Adventure Time. It’s always interesting what kids will ask for that I have no idea what they’re talking about at first. They may as well be talking another language!

    • The Styling Librarian
      July 8, 2014

      Having an 8 year old helps me keep up on some things… I have a low interest but try to honor my kiddo’s passions by knowing a little bit…🙂

  2. Tara Smith
    July 7, 2014

    I will be on the lookout for The Bridge from Me to You – mostly for my ex-students who come back looking for books just like this one.

    • The Styling Librarian
      July 8, 2014

      🙂 I have a few of those type of ex-students… they were what got me reading YA seriously in the first place!

  3. Michele
    July 7, 2014

    I have The Bridge From Me to You on my to-read shelf. Glad to hear it’s well written! Julia’s House looks cute, thanks for introducing it here!

  4. linda Baie (@LBaie)
    July 7, 2014

    Thanks for the mention of The Bridge from Me to You, Debbie. I will look for it. It does sound good, & also for the new book titles, good to hear.

  5. Angie aka Ms. o
    July 8, 2014

    Stop with the talking about awesome sounding books that I didn’t already have on my TBR list!

  6. carriegelson
    July 8, 2014

    Julia’s House for Lost Creatures looks wonderful I just marked it as to read on Goodreads. I will be looking for it this fall! Thanks for sharing so many great titles!

    • The Styling Librarian
      July 8, 2014

      🙂 Thanks for the visit!

      • bluestockingthinking
        August 12, 2014

        I think if it is within a month of release you are not breaking the rules🙂 I know some publishers don’t mind the advance hype! I have been anxiously awaiting my copy of Julia’s House for Lost Creatures!

  7. Adrienne Gear
    July 8, 2014

    Julia’s House of Lost Creatures reminded me of The Island of Misfit Toys in Rudolph! I can’t wait to see it! Plants Vs. Zombies – what a great concept! I like the idea of Awesome Dawson as well – characters who are inventors seems to be a recent trend! Thanks for the great list this week!

    • The Styling Librarian
      July 8, 2014

      🙂 Thanks for visiting. I’m enjoying the inventor trend… interesting to see more popping up.

  8. Myra GB
    July 10, 2014

    Julia’s House for Lost Creatures caught my eye – reminded me a little bit of Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing and Diana Wynne Jones’ Howl’s Moving Castle/House of Many Ways. These are all interesting reads, Debbie. Thanks for sharing so much though you’re on vacation.🙂

  9. Gidget's Bookshelf
    July 14, 2014

    So many great books. I loved The Bridge from me to you.

  10. Anne
    July 14, 2014

    I have several Schroeder fans in my library so I was exited to hear that she has another novel out but it isn’t written in verse? Will the same fans like it?

    • The Styling Librarian
      July 15, 2014

      It honestly felt in verse but I wasn’t quite certain- using a kindle ARC version is probably different from having the book in my hands… ?? I think same fans will like it…

  11. Lots of great options, wow! This is my first #IMWAYR, and you have given me plenty of new books to look into, thanks!

  12. Crystal
    July 17, 2014

    Funny, I just had a student ask for a book about Plants vs. Zombies last time I had summer checkout. I guess I can take care of that.🙂

  13. Michele Knott
    August 11, 2014

    The Bridge From Me to You looks good – I saw it a few months ago and put it on my goodreads page, but forgot about it! I have The Zoo Box already (?), it’s a cute book. Good early graphic novel format for younger readers! Have a great reading week!

    • The Styling Librarian
      August 11, 2014

      Thanks for visiting!🙂 There are many books I have forgotten on my TBR goodreads page… I borrowed some recently and was a little overwhelmed… plus confused when I didn’t remember why I put it on the list in the first place!🙂 Happy reading this week!

  14. Megan
    August 11, 2014

    I have not read any Lisa Schroeder, probably because books in verse are not my favorite, but this one is on order and sounds like a great place for me to start! Thanks for sharing ~Megan

  15. Linda Baie
    August 12, 2014

    Will look for the Bridge… book by Lisa Schroeder, sounds like a nice YA, Debbie. And thanks for the heads up for Awesome Dawson. It will be a good one for my Primary teachers. Looking forward to seeing Julia’s House for Lost Creatures-intriguing! Thanks!

  16. Ricki Ginsberg
    August 12, 2014

    I didn’t realize Lisa Schroeder has a new book! I have a past student who will read anything by her, so I am excited to pass along the news. Thank you for sharing all of these great titles with us! Happy reading!

    • The Styling Librarian
      August 12, 2014

      🙂 Funny enough this is an old post that I accidentally linked to today but yes, Lisa had a number of books released recently if I remember correctly… Cupcake series, charm bracelet series and this one…

  17. Emily Lim-Leh
    August 12, 2014

    Julia’s House for Lost Creatures sounds fun. Look forward to reading it when it’s out!

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