Monday, March 29, 2021

Recent Reads


Every Monday, I share books I have recently read. I also participate in It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?, 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, or follow on Twitter at #imwayr.

Recent Reads...

I Am Not a Dog Toy by Ethan T. Berlin and illustrated by Jared Chapman

Bear is excited when he is given as a present to a kid, but she tosses him aside without any thought of playing with him. Dog finds him and wants to play, but Bear insists he's not a dog toy. This is a fun story about realizing the value of a true friend.

My Day with the Panye by Tami Charles and illustrated by Sara Palacios

Fallon is invited to go with her Manman to the market and she desperately wants to be able to carry the panye on her head. This is a sweet story about a mother and daughter and a beautiful celebration of Haiti. The colorful and lively illustrations are gorgeous. 

Something's Wrong!: A Bear, A Hare and Some Underwear by Jory John and illustrated by Erin Kraan

I have yet to meet an elementary-aged reader who does not giggle at the mention of underwear in a picture book. With a bear who leaves his house wearing underwear, knowing that something just isn't right, this book will have readers laughing for sure. Luckily, Jeff the bear has a good friend who helps him realize what's wrong and overcome his embarrassment.

Sugar and Spite by Gail D. Villanueva

Jolina is adjusting to her new life living on a small island in the Philippines and struggling with a girl in her Bible class, Claudine, who is bullying her. In spite of her grandfather's warning about the consequences of spells, Jolina uses a love potion to get Claudine to be nicer to her. This heart-warming book with a dash of magic explores some important themes. Both the characters and the setting will charm readers. Thanks to the publisher for providing my book review group, #BookExcursion, with an advanced reader's copy. The book publishers in April.


  1. I've seen Sugar and Spite elsewhere, too, & it is going on my list. And that new Jory John book sounds like it will be very popular. I enjoyed My Day With The Panye, too. Thanks, Lisa!

  2. I used to have nightmares about going to school wearing only my underwear, or else forgetting it. I wonder if reading this book will bring them back?

  3. Sugar and Spite sounds really good. I will have to look for it when it publishes.

  4. Something's Wrong looks like a fun read. I love books by Jory John.

  5. Something's Wrong and I'm Not a Dog Toy sounds hilarious. I'm really intrigued by Sugar and Spite. I have some friends who lived in the Phillipines for awhile. It sounds like a touching read.

  6. Sugar and Spite is on my TBR for April.

  7. What a fun set of books! Sugar and Spite sounds very original and intriguing. My Day With the Panye looks excellent, and I Am Not a Dog Toy looks adorable as well! Thanks for the wonderful post!

  8. I think bears and underwear are probably two of the biggest draws in picture books with two of the classes that attend my K-7 library. It seems Something's Wrong is just right for them. Sugar and Spite sounds interesting as well. Thanks for all the shares, have a great week!

  9. I've got Sugar and Spite coming up soon in my pile. Just bought Jory John's new book. Like you said, with the word "Underwear", it's going to be a hit!
    I read Dog Toy this weekend too. It really bothered me how the child spoke to the dog. But I'm sure it will get some laughs anyway!

  10. I like the look of Dog Toy -- thanks for sharing.