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What I've Been Reading This Week...
Jack and the Beanstalk and the French Fries by Mark Teague
A retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk in which Jack, his mother, and the entire village get tired of eating beans. Jack is forced to climb his beanstalk and finds an angry giant who is also sick of beans. Thanks to Mrs. Giant, Jack and the giant have a solution. This is an amusing fractured fairy tale that would make a great read aloud. Readers will discover that there are more ways to eat beans than they could ever think of. The illustrations are fun, showing the comparison between the size of Jack and the giant, and the one on the last page is especially humorous.
Crash #1 (The Kid from Planet Z) by Nancy Krulik
Something has gone wrong with the spaceship Zeke Zander's family are traveling in and they have crashed on Earth. They decide to take up residence on Earth until they can fix their spaceship, but this proves a challenge since things are very different from the way they were on Planet Z. Zeke tries to fit in at school, but often makes mistakes because he misunderstands the ways of life on Earth. Readers will be amused with the talking cat, Zeke's ability to disappear, and the Zanders' confusion about everyday objects. With lots of pictures, enlarged text, and short chapters this is a book that will be great for those readers transitioning to chapter books.
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
This is a book I want to put in the hands of as many readers as I can. It is a wonderful book that will help students develop compassion for those who are different from themselves. I can't say enough about this one. You can read my review here.
Sled Dog School by Terry Lynn Johnson
Matt gets teased a lot at school, in part because his parents have chosen a different life-style including living without electricity. Matt is also not doing well in math and he must complete a project to earn extra credit. Matt decides to start a sled dog school because of his passion for running his sled dogs. The business is a challenge as Matt has trouble getting clients and those who do sign up don't appear to be the best students. Those who love dogs will enjoy this story, but there is also a great message about learning differences and finding one's strengths. This book will be available at the beginning of October.
Race to the Bottom of the Sea by Lindsay Eager
Fidelia is grieving for her parents, marine scientists who died while exploring the sea in a submarine she invented. A pirate who has a treasure at the bottom of the sea kidnaps Fidelia so she can recover it for him. With pirates, treasure, and sharks, this is an exciting and adventurous story. Fidelia is a character who is clever and courageous. Lindsay Eager's writing will make you feel as if you are in the ocean right alongside Fidelia. This book publishes in October.