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What I've Been Reading...
Super Manny Stands Up! by Kelly DiPucchio
Manny has a collection of capes that help him battle the imaginary evil that lurks around him, including angry zombie bears and alien robots. Manny also has an invisible, "top secret undercover cape" that he wears at school. One day when Manny witnesses a schoolmate being unkind to another, he uses his cape for dealing with more than just the imaginary. Manny's imaginary world will engage readers, but Manny's real-world experience will teach them something about courage and standing up for others. I've read a few of Kelly DiPucchio's books to my first and second graders and they love them. I will definitely be sharing this one with them, as well.
The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner
Fox wants to be a fearsome predator, but keeps falling a little short. When a wolf teams up with him, he steals three eggs from the farm in hopes that they will hatch and they can eat them. The chicks hatch, but they think fox is their mother and soon they start to think they are actually foxes. With fox's scheming and the chick's naivety, the story is silly and comical. The relationship between the fox and the chicks is sweet, too. This graphic novel reminded me of the picture book, Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins, another story of an animal being mistaken for one's mother.
Isadora Moon Goes to School by Harriet Muncaster
Isadora, being half fairy and half vampire, is quite unique. When her parents decide to send her to school she does not know whether she should go to fairy school or vampire school. Isadora's experiences at school are amusing. Although she is conflicted about where she belongs, Isadora remains true to herself and learns something about being different. This is the first book in a new series that will be great to recommend to early chapter book readers.
Things That Surprise You by Jennifer Maschari
This is a wonderful middle grade read that will publish in August. Middle grade readers will be able to relate to the challenges of the main character, Emily, as she begins middle school. The story is charming and touching. You can read more about my thoughts here.
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Glaser
The Vanderbeekers are a family of five living in New York City, loving their house, neighborhood and community, but they are told by their recluse, and very grumpy, landlord that he is not renewing their lease. Not wanting to move, the Vanderbeeker children brainstorm and put plans into action to try and get their landlord to change his mind. All the children are quite charming and very determined. This is a lovely story about a family and community pulling together to make change and help one another. This book publishes in October.
Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
This book is as wonderful as everyone has been saying it is. If you haven't heard about it, which I can't imagine many haven't, it's told from the perspective of an oak tree named Red. Red notices that not everyone is accepting of the new family who has just moved in nearby. Red, is also a wishtree, so she has a plan to help. This is a unique, heartwarming, and hopeful story. For a chapter book, it is on the shorter side, making it very suitable for a classroom read aloud. I'm sure many teachers will have this book on their list to read aloud to their classes next school year. It will be available in September.