Monday, October 22, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (8)

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!  is a meme hosted by Jen and Kellee at Teach.Mentor.Texts

This week’s favorite re-read was: Crocodaddy by Kim Norman.  We can’t resist this fun story about a little boy who searches for a ‘crocodaddy’ on the edge of the pond.  Loud giggles and splashing make the book extra fun.  We especially love this book when it’s read by Daddy.

This week was a great week for reading.  I read a few graphic novels which are a change for me, but I found I really enjoyed them.  (Thanks to all of you that really have inspired me to give graphic novels a chance!)  I also read some anticipated picture books that were sequels or part of a series.  Even at the picture book level, it’s always nice to revisit favorite characters or stories.  Looking ahead, I am still maintaining my goal of reading one YA or MG book per week and I am still 19 books behind on my goal of reading 300 books in 2012.  Here are the books I read this week:

Page by Paige
by Laura Lee Gulledge
Review coming soon

Black Dog 
by Levi Pinfold
This was such a different book!  It’s a little scary, yet leads readers on an adventure ending with a happy and cozy ending.  Beautiful illustrations too! 
 4 stars on goodreads
by Raina Telgemeier
I loved Telgemeier’s latest graphic novel featuring middle school drama about friendship and love.  This one is a just right fit for upper middle school readers.
 5 stars on goodreads

Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama
by Selina Alko
Since I am the Christmas Mama and my Husband is the Hanukkah Daddy, I thought this might be one I’d add to my holiday reads.  3 stars on goodreads

Backseat A-B-See
by Maria van Lieshout
4 stars on goodreads

This is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen
4 stars on goodreads

Bear Says Thanks
by Karma Wilson
Love this bear and his friends!
4 stars on goodreads

The Reader
by Amy Hest (author)
and Lauren Castillo (illustrator)
4 stars on goodreads

This week, I reviewed The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson. The more I read from Karma Wilson, the more I enjoy her stories.  Her bear books are a favorite, but this farm based one and our recent read, Lil Pip, featuring a penguin were a lot of fun too.  Check the review here.

I also reviewed Monty and Milli by Tracy Corderoy and Tim Warnes and Flabbersmashed about You by Rachel Vail, illustrated by Yumi Heo. Both books were about family and friends. Monty and Milli is about siblings and Flabbersmashed is about friendship. Check the reviews here.


  1. I completely forgot about This is Not My Hat. We've been meaning to check it out. Thanks for the reminder! I'm excited to check out some of the other titles you suggested as well.

  2. I'm excited to read your review of Page by Paige. I haven't talked to anyone whose read it yet.

  3. Amy - This is Not My Hat is so fun! I hope you'll enjoy it. My son just got the giggles anticipating each page as we were reading it! It was so fun. :)

  4. Malory- I really enjoyed it and usually graphic novels just aren't my thing. I am becoming a big fan of them after this week where I got to read Page by Paige and Drama. :)

  5. Can't wait to read Drama; I loved Smile. And so many others you've shared sound good, like Black Dog & The Reader. And what is it about cows. There are so many books about bears & cows, & they are all so enticing. Thanks much for all you share!

  6. Linda- Drama is quite different and more mature than Smile, but so good too. I think older middle school students will fall in love with the new cast of characters. As for Black Dog, it was such a surprisingly good book!

    And about the Bears and Cows, did you notice those 2 books were both by the same author? I think Karma Wilson is single handedly making both a popular trend! :)

  7. Graphic Novels aren't my usual reads but I find myself binging on them if I find an author or series I like. Gene Luen Yang is probably my favorite primarily graphic novelist I enjoy.