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What I Read This Week...
The Friend Ship by Kat YehLonely Hedgehog hears that there is "friendship" out there and goes in search of a "Friend Ship." She meets others along the way who would also like to find a friend and they join her on her search. Hedgehog eventually realizes where the Friend Ship is and the friends are off to celebrate. This is a sweet, warm story about friendship and discovery what has been there all along.
The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story by Nancy RoseOne of my most borrowed holiday books this season was Rose's Merry Christmas, Squirrels! My students are intrigued and amazed with the photographs that feature real-life squirrels acting like humans. In this Valentine story, Mr. Peanuts is lonely and wishes for someone special to celebrate with. I appreciate that Mr. Peanuts is a book lover and finds his someone special in the bookstore. There is definitely a creative use of photography in this picture books series.
Dog Man Unleashed (Dog Man #2) by Dav PilkeyThere is as much absurdity and nonsense in this book as in the first Dog Man. I have a list of readers still waiting to read the first book and those who have already read it are eagerly anticipating this second book. I am sure they will find it just as hilarious as the first.
Hazy Bloom and the Tomorrow Power by Jennifer HamburgHazy, a third grader, has "tomorrow power" which enables her to see visions of what will occur the next day. These visions only offer clues as to what is going to happen and because Hazy misinterprets them she finds herself getting into trouble. Hazy is a fun character - spunky and humorous. The silly predicaments she finds herself in are amusing. This is the first in a series and I look forward to reading more about Hazy's adventures.
The Homework Strike by Greg PincusGregory K. feels that homework takes up too much of his time and is not enhancing his learning so he decides to go on strike. He must keep his grades up and get others to join in his cause while trying not to get in too much trouble with the principal. Gregory shows that getting one's voice heard and making change is not always easy, but is possible. Every chapter begins with one of Gregory's poems which are amusing and funny. I think many of my readers will relate to Gregory's distaste of homework.
Jack Sullivan is living in his tree house after a monster apocalypse has hit his town. Most everyone has escaped or turned into zombies except Jack and a few of his classmates. Jack and his friends must work together to survive. There is plenty of action, silly humor, and interesting illustrations. My preferred reading usually does not involves zombies, but I know many a reluctant reader who will be drawn to this type of book.