Monday, January 18, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


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…





Bear and Bunny by Daniel Pinkwater

This is a heartwarming picture book of two friends, bear and bunny, who are inseparable and looking for a pet to love and care for.  Young readers will find humor with bear and bunny's misunderstanding when they think they have found a kitty.  The illustrations are lovely - bear and bunny are drawn with soft, pale colors adding to the sweetness of the story.




All Paws on Deck (Haggis and Tank Unleashed #1) by Jessica Young

This book series is part of Scholastic's Branches line of books written for readers transitioning to chapter books.  In the story, two imaginative dogs imagine a wagon is a pirate ship.  Their adventures include sailing the seas, looking for treasure, and facing a sea serpent.  The characters and the play on words make the story humorous.  Each page is illustrated and includes speech bubbles in addition to the text.  There is only a sentence or two of text on each page which makes it suitable for early readers.  




A Whole New Ball Game by Phil Bildner

This chapter book is about two boys who love and play basketball, but it is also about so much more. It's about two friends, one who has autism, and the other who understands and supports him.  It's about learning to give others a chance.  It's about teamwork.  It's about education and what's important as far as learning (the teacher in the story does not believe in test prep).  Rip and Red, the main characters, are interesting to read about.  Basketball is interwoven throughout the story, making the book appealing to sports fans.  This is the first published book in a series and I'm looking forward to the next one.



Ninja Timmy by Henrik Tamm

This middle grade novel has absolutely gorgeous illustrations.  They are detailed and colorful and bring the imaginative and magical quality of the story to life.  The tale tells the story of Timmy, a cat, and his friends who decide to become ninjas to rid their neighborhood of wrongdoing.  This is a book for readers who like reading about adventure and the world of fantasy. 

15 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed A Whole New Ballgame, too. There's a new one on the way, and I'm looking forward to finding out what happens with Rip and Red.

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    1. I liked it more than I thought I was going to. I'm glad I gave it a chance.

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  2. I really like the sound of A Whole New Ballgame--especially Rip and Red's teacher! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I liked that it involved a sport, but had more depth to it as well.

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  3. I too am looking forward to reading A Whole New Ball Game. I like these novels with nice smart boys. I'm also a fan of this Branches Series.

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  4. A Whole New Ball Game does sound good. Here is what I read last week. Happy reading!

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  5. These books look like a lot of fun, Lisa. I just got Bear and Bunny from the library, & look forward to it.

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  6. Always looking for exciting reads for middle years readers, especially boys, so I'm excited to see these! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I am always looking for the same. The 13th Story Treehouse and others in the series have been good for some of my boys who are struggling readers. There are lots of pictures so they can get through the books more quickly than other chapter books.

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  7. Ninja Timmy sounds like a winner!

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    1. I think it will be a hit with readers who just want to read something with action. The end hints that there will be a sequel, too.

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  8. I need to read A Whole New Ballgame. It's so much easier to booktalk something once I've read it and I bet a lot of my students would like this one.

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  9. Hi there, Lisa. Ninja Timmy really looks interesting - I am not familiar with any of these titles, so thanks for sharing!

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