Monday, February 8, 2016

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.  For more information check out the host blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

What I Read This Week…

Love Monster and the Last Chocolate by Rachel Bright

This is a cute picture book about sharing and thinking of others.  Love Monster knows he should share his chocolates with his friends, but does not want to risk that someone will eat his favorite - the double chocolate strawberry swirl.  When Love Monster is about to open the box and have the chocolates all for himself he gets a "queasy-squeezy feeling in his heart" which changes everything. My students enjoyed the first book about Love Monster and think he is just the cutest.  I think they will enjoy this one just as much, if not more.  

Bunny vs. Monkey by Jamie Smart

In this graphic text, scientists attempt to send Monkey into space, but instead he ends up in Bunny's peaceful forest.  Monkey decides to take over the woods, but there is a gang of forest friends who are determined to defend their home.  The battles between the evil Monkey and the other animals involve silly, often ridiculous, antics that many young readers will find hilarious.  Each page of the text is filled with detailed, bright illustrations.  Although I don't love the plot of this book, I think many readers will and it will be a frequently-borrowed book in my graphic novel collection.

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

This chapter book for middle grade readers is one that will pull at your heart strings.  It is about friendship, loyalty, and learning to survive and to let go.  Peter must return his pet fox, Pax, to the wild and move in with his grandfather when his father joins the army.  Soon after being separated, both the boy and his fox begin a search to find each other.  The chapters alternate between telling Peter's story as he runs away from his grandfather's and Pax's story as he discovers the wild.  The impact of war is an issue that runs throughout the book.  The story illustrates the heartwarming bond that can exist between humans and animals.


  1. Have not read PAX yet, but it's on my list that is for sure. Happy reading this week!

  2. I am definitely going to read Pax soon, but it sounds like such a heavy, emotional read!

  3. I'll certainly order Pax soon, but have to read a few others, first. Many, like you, are saying great things about it. Will find Love Monster-sounds like another cute one. Thanks, Lisa.

  4. Pax is one of the books that I definitely need to read. Sounds like an interesting story, for sure. Bunny vs Monkey looks like something many of my students would enjoy. And Love Monster sounds absolutely adorable! I would be able to relate, because I love chocolate and might think twice about sharing my favorites! ;-)

  5. Pax sounds like a novel I will fall in love with - and Jon Klassen's illustrations - what's not to love really?

  6. I'm waiting for Pax to become available for me from our local library. In fact it is still on order. At least I am number 2 on the list when copies come in.