It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. For more information check out the host blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.
What I Read This Week…
Hungry Roscoe by David Plant
Roscoe, a racoon, is hungry and tired of eating junk. He goes in search of some fresh food at the nearby zoo. He uses his creativity dressing up as some of the animals, but the zookeeper catches him. Roscoe is finally able to get some food with the help of the monkeys, but it causes a little bit of mayhem. Readers will be amused by Roscoe’s costumes and his persistence in trying to get what he wants. It’s a fast-moving story to keep readers entertained.
I (Don’t) Like Snakes by Nicola Davies
Nicola Davies blends fiction and nonfiction in a story about a girl who says she doesn’t like snakes and her family who provides explanations about them, such as how they slither and the purpose of their tongues. The girl becomes increasingly positive about snakes as she learns new information about them. Readers will learn a lot about snakes themselves by reading this book. The format is perfect for capturing students’ interest and helping them learn about an animal who many typically dislike.
Night Animals by Gianna Marino
This picture book has great illustrations. The animals are drawn amongst a black background to show that it’s nighttime. One animal after the other becomes scared and they try to hide from the night animal. Amidst their fears, the possum provides some comic relief by standing on his head and playing dead. There is minimal text on each page as the story is told through dialogue between the characters. The book addresses a common fear of some children, the fear of the dark, but in a humorous way.