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What I Read This Week…
Elwood Bigfoot: Wanted: Birdie Friends! by Jill Esbaum
Elwood Bigfoot is lonely and desperately wants to make friends with the birdies. He tries many things: moving into a tree, dressing up and acting like the birdies, throwing a party, creating Birdieland. The birdies continue to avoid him until Elwood discovers that the birdies prefer a quiet bigfoot rather than a loud, clumsy one. Right before Elwood makes friends with the birdies, the text reads: “Did a dancing, hollering bigfoot scare little birdies? Elwood barely. Even. Breathed.” Students who hear this story will be rooting for Elwood to achieve his goal of making new friends. For a bigfoot he is an endearing and likeable character.
Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk
This is an imaginative and funny picture book in which Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast race around the refrigerator in order to get the last drop of syrup. Their race is fast-paced and full of adventure, but when they get to the syrup they discover that they’ve been beaten by Baron von Waffle. There is a lesson about friendship and sharing. There is wonderful vocabulary used throughout the book: the toast plummets into the jam, the pancake hurdles a lime, the toast vaults high in the air, the pancake rappells down a rope of linguini. Students, especially food lovers, will enjoy the story and the illustrations.
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew DaywaltThis picture book is just as entertaining and funny as it's predecessor, The Day the Crayons Quit. Crayons send postcards to Duncan in which they ask to be rescued because they've been lost, forgotten, or broken. In each postcard a crayon tells its story, such as turquoise who was left in a pocket and sent through the dryer and burnt sienna who was eaten and then puked up by the dog. Duncan gathers up his crayons and the last few pages reveal his solution to the problem - he has built the crayons a fort. Students will love this book as much as they did the first.
Charlie Piechart and the Case of the Missing Pizza Slice by Marilyn Sandler
It’s pizza night at Charlie’s house. When the pizza arrives, a slice goes missing and Charlie tries to solve the mystery. At the end, the family discovers Watson, the dog, was responsible for the missing slice. Careful readers will pick up on the clues and foreshadowing: a page with Watson with his nose on the table where the pizza is sitting and the text that reads, “Warning! Whatever you do, DON’T give any pepperoni to Watson.” Fractions are used throughout the book to tell the story: “Yuck, no veggies! yelled 4/6 of the pizza eaters.” This book has humor and a mystery and will be useful for connecting reading and math.
The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble by Frank Cammuso
This is the first graphic novel in a series about Salem Hyde, a witch who has trouble casting spells. When she enters a spelling bee and causes chaos with her spells her cat companion and friend helps her fix her mistakes. There is lots of silliness in this book that will appeal to young readers. Salem confuses words with double meanings making the book clever and fun. I think this graphic series will be a favorite of many of my students.
Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick
This graphic novel for upper elementary readers has lots of adventure. Hilo, who later turns out to be a robot, mysteriously crashes to earth. D. J., who feels ordinary compared to the rest of his siblings, discovers Hilo and they soon become friends. This is a story about bravery and friendship. I think many of my students will be entertained by the humor and the action.