Monday, February 18, 2019

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 or follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together by Andrea Tsurumi 

The sea creatures all do their thing, but crab does something rather unusual. Crab bakes cakes. When a load of trash is dumped into the ocean, Crab's cakes bring everyone together. This is a book that highlights community and shows that together we can make a difference. The fantastic illustrations show an interesting underwater world and the various emotions of the sea creatures. I was lucky to receive a copy of the book from the author who was giving away a few copies on Twitter. 

The Happy Book by Andy Rash

Camper and Clam are best friends who are happy being together until Camper eats all the cake. The emotions of Camper and Clam then change from happy to sad to angry to scared until they realize that there are many ways of feeling and they are all okay. The illustrations are fun with different colors representing each of the emotions. This is a humorous exploration of feelings that will be useful in the classroom to spark discussion related to social-emotional learning. Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion with a review copy.

It's Not Hansel and Gretel by Josh Funk

This is another very humorous and entertaining twist on a fairy tale from Josh Funk, author of It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk. The narrator of the book tries to tell the story the proper way, but Hansel and Gretel have their own ideas about how the story is supposed to go. Both the story and the illustrations, in which some other popular literary characters make an appearance, are quite amusing.

It's Me. (Catwad #1) by Jim Benton

Catwad is a grouch. Blurmp is always happy. They are as different as can be, but they're also best friends. Written as a series of vignettes in graphic novel format, the book tells of their very humorous relationship. This is one of those books kids will love because it contains much ridiculous nonsense. I have to admit I laughed out loud a few times. 

Klawde: Evil Alien Warlord Cat #1 by Johnny Marciano & Emily Chenoweth

Klawde is an alien warlord cat, but one who is now on planet Earth because he's been banished from Lyttyrboks for the evil crimes he committed against his fellow felines. When Klawde shows up at Raj's apartment in Brooklyn, Raj is relieved to finally have a friend in his new city. Klawde schemes to return home while Raj has his own problems trying to survive the nature camp his parents have enrolled him in. Klawde may be devious and evil, but when Raj is in need he proves his loyalty to his human. This is a fast-paced, funny read that kids will find entertaining. Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a copy of the book.


  1. The Happy Book looks adorable!! I'll have to add that one to my TBR list. And I'm so glad you enjoyed Funk's new book. Looking forward to reading about Little Red Riding Hood soon. Have a wonderful reading week, Lisa!

  2. I just received a review copy of It's Not Hansel and Gretel and am really looking forward to reading it. Josh Funk's books are always so much fun. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful week!

  3. Ooh! I can't wait to read Josh Funk's newest book! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Each one sounds like fun books, Lisa, like Crab Cake and The Happy Book. I shared Josh Funk's new 'fairytale' today, too, lots of laughs in it! Thanks!

  5. I have all but The Happy Book in my pile to read! I was surprised Klawde is as long as it is but I'm thinking it may be a great book for 3rd/4th gr audiences!

  6. I love your cat books and am looking forward to Gretl and Hansel. ALso, Crab Cake looks funny and The Happy Book might be one to grab as well.

  7. It looks like you have read some delightful books this week. Like others I am looking forward to Josh Funk's book most!

  8. These covers all make me chuckle, they have so much kid appeal!!