Monday, March 18, 2019

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. To find out what other bloggers are reading, check out the host blogs: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers. You can also follow on Twitter at #imwayr. 

Recent Reads...

How to Two by David Soman

A boy finds one new playmate after another at the playground until there are ten. As the children join each other to play, they take part in a variety of playground activities. Beautiful illustrations show a diverse group of children having fun playing and being with each other. The text is sparse, but it tells a wonderful story of friendship. It could also serve as a counting book. The end pages encourage readers to look back through the book and count various animal critters that are pictured throughout the pages. Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, for a review copy.

I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbitt

The narrator of this book can only draw worms. The only illustrations in the book, are in fact, worms. Ten of them. For a book with just worms, it's pretty humorous. I'm sure it will inspire many readers to draw their own worms. Thanks to the publisher, Penguin Young Readers, for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with a review copy.

Sparkly New Friends (Unicorn and Yeti #1) by Heather Ayris Burnell

Unicorn sees something sparkly down below (snow). Yeti sees something sparkly up above (unicorn). As Yeti looks up to the sky and Unicorn flies down to investigate, the two collide and a friendship is formed. As other books in Scholastic's Acorn line, the book is written in comic-book style, told through dialogue, and divided into short chapters. The bright graphics and fun stories within these books, make them a hit with early readers.

The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander

Lenora visits the library, with her Nanny, where she steps through a secret doorway labeled with the phrase, "Knowledge of Light." On the other side of the door, she finds a very different library, one that contains the wisdom of the universe. She takes an oath that includes a promise to oppose the enemies of knowledge and is put to work as an assistant apprentice librarian. She is given a series of challenges which she accomplishes to move up the ranks in the library. But, something mysterious is going on and Lenora finds herself facing off with those who want to destroy knowledge. Lenora's story is filled with adventure, unique characters, and interesting facts. This is an engaging and fun book. I closed it hoping to read more about Lenora's adventures and after some research I believe there will be a book two. Thanks to the publisher, I received an advance reader's copy.

13 comments:

  1. Oh, each one sounds good, Lisa. A book of worms! I know one granddaughter would love it. The Library of Ever does sound intriguing & How to Two will be nice to read about friendships. Thanks!

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    1. I have to admit I wanted to try drawing some worms after reading it!

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  2. I just put How to Two on hold. It sounds interesting - do you think kids can figure out the message from the text.
    Everyone has said good things about The Library of Ever. I have it on preorder.

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    1. The illustrations are amazing and, I think, help to get the message across.

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  3. I just ordered How to Two from my library. Looks like a fun picture book. Thanks for sharing and have a terrific week!

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    1. How to Two is beautiful and there's a lot more to it than I first thought before opening it.

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  4. Oooh, I'm adding The Library of Ever to my list right now. Sounds wonderful -- and I'm guessing I'll be dying for a series by the end. Thanks for sharing, Lisa!

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    1. I've had The Library of Ever since the fall and I'm glad I finally got around to reading. I also liked that it was on the shorter side.

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  5. All of these looks wonderful Lisa. I love that there is so much going on in How to Two but at it's heart is a book about how we all belong together. Like Shaye, I'm now also looking forward to The Library of Ever!

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    1. Yes, and books about how we all belong are definitely needed and appreciated!

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  6. I Can Only Draw Worms looks like a lot of fun! I'll have to check it out.

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  7. I can't wait to read the first two picture books you shared.

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  8. I am in love with library-themed books - so this one looks like another addition to the growing pile. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. :)

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