Monday, October 29, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. To find out what other bloggers are reading, check out the host blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers. You can also follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

How to Eat Pizza by Jon Burgerman

This book starts with the narrator telling the reader how to eat pizza. The first step is to choose a slice - the biggest slice. Once the biggest slice of pizza realizes he has been chosen, he tries to make the case that he shouldn't be eaten. The other slices of pizza join in the conversation when the biggest slice suggests the narrator eat one of them. Although they try to be convincing, pizza is hard to resist. The fun illustrations show googly-eyed pizza slices with lots of personality. This is one of those books kids will want to read again and again. Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, for a review copy of this book.

No Boring Stories by Julie Falatko

Bunny has found just the writing group she needs to help her, the International Society for Writers of Odd and Weird. Unfortunately, mole, baribusa, weevil, and yeti crab are not interested in bunny and her stories. In spite of this Bunny is persistent. Her efforts pay off when she finds a way to contribute to the group's story and wow them with her perfect ending. This story is both clever and humorous. It's a book about embracing one's stories and it might even inspire readers to write their own weird stories. Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, for a review copy of the book.

Hamster Princess: Little Red Rodent Hood by Ursula Vernon

This is another Hamster Princess book that kids will love. There's a sweet little girl named Red, a grandmother who looks rather unusual, and a bunch of were-weasels and Harriet is not sure who she should trust. With humor, action, and an adorable, but strong heroine this series is a lot of fun. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy of the book.

A Book to Look for in 2019

A Song For a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Readers who have ever felt alone, unheard, or different will be able to relate to this story. Iris, who is deaf, feels out of place amongst her classmates and frustrated with the challenges she has communicating with both other students and her teacher. In science class, she learns about a whale named Blue 55 whose song is so different that he is unable to communicate with other whales. Iris feels a connection to the whale and a strong desire to help him. Blue 55 may be in Alaska, but Iris is not going to let that stop her so she sets off on a journey with her grandmother. This is a beautiful story about finding one's place. Thanks to the publisher, Random House, for sending my book review group, #BookExcursion, an advance reader's copy. The book publishes in February.


  1. No Boring Stories is brand new to me -- hey, I think I'd like to join the International Society for Writers of Odd and Weird! :) Adding this one to my list right away. Also adding A Song For a Whale. I deeply appreciate the deaf culture and am glad to see more of it represented in children's and YA literature. Thank you for sharing, Lisa!

    1. The Society for Writers of Odd and Weird does sound like a great group to join!

  2. I have heard about A Song for a Whale, will be sure to look for it, Lisa. No Boring Stories sounds fun, too. Thanks!

  3. So many fun reads this week! Looking forward to my turn for How to Eat Pizza and No Boring Stories. Have a great week Lisa!

  4. No Boring Stories sounds like the ideal book for writer's workshop. I still haven't read any of the Hamster Princess books!

    1. The Hamster Princess books are cute and kids enjoy them.