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What I Read This Week…
Babies Ruin Everything by Matthew Swanson
This is a humorous picture book about a girl who does not want to be a big sister. In fact, when she finds out her baby brother can't stand on one foot, catch a frisbee, or whistle, she asks for him to be sent back. The story shows the emotions a child may feel when a new baby arrives, but, in the end, it's also a story of learning how to enjoy being an older sibling. The illustrations and humor help to create a fun spin on the "new baby" story.
Nightmare Escape (Dream Jumpers, Book 1) by Greg Grunberg and Lucas Turnbloom
In this graphic novel, Ben learns he has the ability to jump into other people's dreams. The plot centers on Ben, who in the real world is trying to make sense of what is going on while he is sleeping and in the dream world has powers which he must use to save his friends. I think many of my readers will find the concept of dream jumping interesting and enjoy the action, fast pace, and graphic format of this novel.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
There is a fairytale quality to this story that I found imaginative and engaging. There are two story lines that emerge, that of Luna, a girl who was abandoned in the forest and rescued by a witch who gave her magic, and Antain, who is a misfit of sorts among the people of the Protectorate, where he lives. The plot of this story, centered on fantasy and magic, unfolds as the character's stories become connected. In addition, the story is beautifully written, with sentences that often made me stop and go back to reread. Magic, bravery, and the bonds between family members are all interwoven into this very unique tale.