Monday, September 19, 2022

Recent Reads

Every Monday, I share books I have recently read. I also participate in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, 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, or follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

Frog vs. Toad by Ben Mantle

A frog and toad are both about to catch the same fly and they end up in an argument about who the better amphibian is which then turns into a mud fight. They wake up an alligator, who is definitely not a crocodile and, as the frog and toad are about to be eaten, they realize they aren't so different. This is a very humorous book that includes some facts about frogs and toads.

Maya and the Beast by Maya Gabeira and illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki

Maya lives in Nazaré where there is a big wave taller than a seven-story building known as the Beast. She has been told to stay away from it, but when she sees it up close she is amazed by its beauty and impressed by the boys who are surfing it. She doesn't know how to surf and the boys tell her it is too dangerous, but she is determined to make her dream come true. Inspired by the author's childhood, this is an empowering story about courage, determination, and the power of following one's dreams.

My Pet Feet by Josh Funk and illustrated by Billy Yong

Instead of a pet ferret, the narrator has pet feet. Kids ride go-cats, a friend has become a fiend, and there is not a flock of crows, but a flock of cows. This is a silly and fun book about what happens when the 18th letter of the alphabet disappears. 

Sonny Says Sorry! by Caryl Hart and illustrated by Zachariah Ohora

When Sonny finds a present that's meant for Honey, he can't help but open it up. The cake inside looks delicious so Sonny and his friends gobble it up. There's a useful lesson about saying sorry and righting a wrong. Ohora's signature illustrations are delightful.

Theo Thesaurus and the Perfect Pet by Shelli R. Johannes and illustrated by Mike Moran

Theo loves words and animals. He really wants a pet and after beginning to think there is not a pet that is right for him, he finds a saber-toothed tiger. This saber-toothed tiger proves hard to train, but Theo figures out that he needs a different way to communicate. Readers will learn lots of new words.

Boo! Hiss! by Cyndi Marko

A ghost named Phyliss and a snake named Sheldon live in an old house where they are very content until a new family moves in. They decide to scare the family away, making many attempts to boo and hiss at each of the family members. This is a silly chapter book written in graphic novel format.

Bhai For Now by Maleeha Siddiqui

Shaheer and Ashar are long-lost twin brothers who didn't know the other existed until Shaheer starts his first day at a new school after moving to Virginia with his father and grandfather. They switch places to get to know their parents better. This is a heartfelt and amusing story of family and friendship inspired by The Parent Trap. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group with a review copy. The book publishes in October.


  1. Lots of books that sound fun, Lisa. Bhai For Now is on my list! Thanks!

  2. Lots of good books! I’m excited to read Theo Thesaurus and Bhai for Now!

  3. Looks like some fun books for you! I see you are getting ready for spooky season.

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