Monday, September 16, 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 or follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

Gross as a Snot Otter by Jess Keating

My students have loved Jess Keating's previous books including Pink is for Blobfish and Cute as an Axolotl, so I am thrilled that she has another book that I can share with them. This one will both intrigue and disgust them. The animals featured in the book definitely have some gross characteristics and behaviors. Readers, like I did, will learn some very interesting facts. Thanks to Random House for a review copy. The book publishes in October.

How to Code a Rollercoaster by Josh Funk

Pearl and Pascal are back using their coding skills - this time to ride the Python Coaster at the amusement park. This is an entertaining introduction to coding that also helps to promote girls' interest in the concept.

North America: A Fold-Out Graphic History by Sarah Albee

I learned quite a lot about about the history of the continent of North America from reading this book. It's an amazing and uniquely designed book that can be read as a book or folded out to an eight foot spread. I think kids will want to take their time reading the snippets of history and looking at the illustrations. Thanks to the publisher, What On Earth Books, for a review copy. The book publishes in October.

Happy Fell (Arnold and Louise #3) by Erica S. Perl

My second graders, who enjoyed the previous Arnold and Louise books, will be excited to see the third in the series. This early reader book centered on friendship tells the story of two very different characters, messy and unstoppable Louise and slow, careful Arnold, who don't always agree but appreciate each other none the same.

The Bootlace Magician by Cassie Beasley

The sequel to Circus Mirandus, one of my all-time favorite books, is just as enchanting as the first. Cassie Beasley's writing is amazing, transporting readers to a world of magicians and otherworldly creatures. Micah, now a magician's apprentice, is adjusting to his new life at the circus and trying to understand and perfect his magical abilities. His magic is really put to the test when The Bird Woman, who happens to be Micah's grandmother, sets out to destroy the circus. This is story of good versus evil, but it's also about a brave protagonist finding his place in the world. Thanks to Penguin Young Readers for a review copy.


  1. I loved Circus Mirandus so I can't wait to read The Bootlace Magician. I do want to go back and skim Circus Mirandus, it's been awhile since I've read it!
    North America is the coolest!
    Rollercoaster is going to be well loved by Josh Funk fans!
    Jealous you got to see Snot Otter! Can't wait to share it with readers.

  2. I have been meaning to read How to Code a Rollercoaster on Edelweiss -- I like what I'm hearing about it so far! And I will have to read Circus Mirandus this year. I may have to put this one on my #MustReadin2020 list. I'm so glad to hear that book #2 is just as good! Thanks for the shares, Lisa!

  3. I'm excited about The Bootlace Magician. I adored Circus Mirandus, but will have to read an in depth summary before starting this sequel.

  4. I love Jess Keating's books and they've always been popular in the classroom. I'll have to check this latest one out. Thanks for sharing and have a terrific week!

  5. I'm excited to see another Jess Keating book.