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.
Croc and Turtle by Mike Wohnoutka
Croc thinks pretty highly of his abilities until he's outdone by the other animals. When he starts to think he's not so good at anything, his friend Turtle tries to help. Together they realize that they are both the best at something. This is a delightful friendship story with some extra humor thrown in at the end.
The Night Library by David Zeltser
You can read a review of this book that I posted last week here. A boy takes a magical journey to the New York Public Library and gains a renewed appreciation for reading. I always love a book about books!
Do You Like My Bike?: An Acorn Book (Hello, Hedgehog #1) by Norm Feuti
This is a fun book, the first in the Hello, Hedgehog series, for early readers. Hedgehog and Harry will amuse young readers, but they also can teach readers about friendship. They are true friends who think about each other's feelings and help each other out. The book is divided into three short sections, written in a comic-book style, and told through dialogue. Thanks to the publisher, Scholastic, I received an advance reader's copy at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention.
Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
For a kid her age, Cat has a lot of responsibility. She takes care of her brother Chicken, which can sometimes be a challenge, while their mom works multiple jobs to support the family. Cat is looking forward to a three-week trip to visit her best friend, but unexpectedly both her and her brother are left with grandparents they have never met. As Cat learns to navigate the relationship with her grandparents, she also realizes that she needs time to just be a kid. This is a heart-felt story about family and forgiveness. The setting, Gingerbread Island, is charming, too. Thanks to the publisher, Bloomsbury, for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advance reader's copy of the book. The book publishes in April.
The Last Last-Day-of-Summer by Lamar Giles
It's the last day of summer for cousins Otto and Sheed (also known as The Legendary Alston Boys). They intend to spend their last day having an adventure and when they meet a man named Mr. Flux with an interesting camera their day turns quite strange. The two boys spend their day trying to unfreeze time and in the process meet some very interesting characters. This is a very imaginative book with adventure and heart. Thanks to the publisher I received an advance reader's copy.