It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. For more information and to find out what other bloggers are reading check out the host blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.
What I've Been Reading...
It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk by Josh Funk
This is the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, only Jack does not want the story to be told the way it's supposed to be told. As the narrator tells the story, Jack talks back complaining and offering his suggestions for how the story should go. From the first page where Jack is not wearing pants and throughout the rest of the story, Jack brings humor and fun to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. It's not the ending you expect from Jack and the Beanstalk, but Jack does manage a happily ever after. This is a fun and unique fractured fairy tale that students will find very entertaining. This book already has me eager for the next, It's Not Hansel and Gretel, which will be published in 2019. Thanks to Unleashing Readers, one of the hosts of It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and the publisher, Two Lions, for a copy of this book.
Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom by Gigi D.G.
Cucumber only wants to go to start school at Puffington's Academy for the Magically Gifted, but he's been chosen to save Doughnut Kingdom before Queen Cordelia achieves her plan for world domination. His sister, Almond, seems more suited for the job, but her mother thinks it's too dangerous for her. Together the siblings set out to save the world. With a Gumdrop Forest and a Caketown, there is lots to this story that is sweet, but there is also evilness as Cucumber and Almond become involved in a battle for the Dream Sword. Graphic novels with adventure and humor, like this one, are always a hit with middle grade readers.
If Found...Please Return to Elise Gravel by Elise Gravel
Elise Gravel's illustrations are imaginative and fun. This book is a recreation of Elise's black notebook which she draws in at night while her daughters sleep. Within the book's pages there is lots of inspiration and encouragement for those who like to draw or those who may feel their drawings aren't any good. Readers will love looking at the drawings of creatures Elise has invented, many of which will give them a laugh. The book itself looks like a little black notebook. If I was a kid, I'd be asking for my own black notebook to doodle in after reading this book.
My Robot Ate My Homework: Project Droid #3 by Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser
Logan has a cousin, Java, who is actually a robot his mother built. Logan has Java do his homework for him, but this backfires when his teacher announces a geography bee and Logan realizes his class could find out what he did. Logan must learn his geography facts to win the competition. Java's literal understanding of the world and Logan's attempts to cover up the fact that he's a robot is entertaining and humorous. This is a great read for transitional readers.
Holly Farb and the Princess of the Galaxy by Gareth Wronski
Holly Farb has just lost the school election and she wants nothing more than to get into a prestigious private school. One day at school she gets kidnapped by space pirates who think she is the Princess of the galaxy and she finds herself in space along with a new kid from school and her teacher. They have an exciting space adventure as they try to get home. Imaginative, with lots of action and humor, this is a book that science fiction readers will enjoy.
Mabel Opal Pear and the Rules for Spying by Amanda Hosch
Mabel's parents own an antique spoon museum, but it is only a cover since they are spies who are often sent on secret missions. When her parents go missing and her Aunt Gertie is arrested, Mabel is determined to solve the mystery of what is happening and save the spoon collection from her greedy and shady aunt and uncle who have suddenly shown up in town. This is a fun mystery with interesting characters. Mabel herself is a delight with her cleverness and quick-thinking.
A Book to Look for in 2018
Spy Toys by Mark Powers
Dan is a Snugliffic Cuddlestar, a toy bear with a computerized brain, but because he can't control his own strength he is sent to the rejects pile. Along with another toy and a robot rabbit, he is chosen to be a spy toy and protect the senator's son from being kidnapped. Dan is unsure about his assignment and worried about his abnormal strength, but he learns to put those thoughts aside to keep the senator's son safe. The toys are involved in an amusing adventure, but their experience shows the power of believing in oneself. This is the type of fast-paced, humorous, sort-of-silly book that many middle grade readers enjoy. There are many pictures throughout which will entice reluctant readers and those who prefer shorter chapter books. This is one with lots of kid appeal.