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What I've Been Reading...
Danny McGee Drinks the Sea by Andy Stanton
This is one of those books that's both absurd and funny. Danny McGee bet his sister that he can drink the sea so she gets him a very long, red and white striped straw and he does. Danny then starts swallowing everything, and I mean everything! There are a couple of fun twists that will surprise and delight young readers. With its rhyming text, this will be a fun book to read aloud.
Monster's New Undies by Samantha Berger
I don't know a kid who is not delighted when underwear is mentioned in a book. With "undies" being the topic of this book, I'm sure my students will want to read this again and again. Monster's mom brings him to Undie World to get a new pair of underwear, but none of them seem right. It's not just the word "undies," but also the rhymes and illustrations that make this a fun read.
Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker by Shelley Johannes
Beatrice Zinker is quite unique, considering she does her best thinking upside down. She plans a secret mission which she is determined to carry out even when her best friend starts spending more time with another classmate. The book is both funny and warm-hearted and the illustrations are charming. You can read more about my thoughts here. This book will be available in September.
Karma Khullar's Mustache by Kristi Wientge
Karma is about to start middle school, but there is much for her to be worried about. First, she has seventeen hairs on her upper lip. Her friend, Sara, is acting different around Karma and starts to spend more time with a new classmate. The situation at home isn't so easy either, as Karma's dad is out of a job and she misses her Dadima who has recently died. Karma's story is reflective of the experiences of those who are in their middle grade years. Her self-consciousness related to the changes her body is going through is something that middle school-aged children can relate to. Karma's challenges with friends and family are also realistic and can help to show young readers that the ups-and-downs of middle school are a part of growing up. Karma is humorous and kind. While wanting to make her situation better, she also tries to make the right choices. I think middle grade readers will enjoy reading about Karma and how she manages the challenges of middle school. This book publishes in August.
The Someday Suitcase by Corey Ann Haydu
Clover's best friend, Danny, has suddenly come down with a mysterious illness. With her fascination with science, Clover will do whatever is necessary to ensure that Danny gets better. The book explores the power of friendship, love, and magic. There are many beautiful parts, but it will be one for readers who don't mind sad books.