#IMWAYR December 3, 2018


#IMWAYR time again, when readers share what they have been reading and find out what others have been up to in the past week. Kathryn hosts the adult version of this meme at Book Date. Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers host the kidlit rendition. Whatever you are looking forward to in your next great read, these are fabulous places to start your search.


It's been a more successful week all round for me. I read some fabulous books and spent time with both of my grand children. I managed to do a bit of housework and got serious work done on some hand made Christmas gifts! I'm still undecided about whether or not to send my baby quilt off to be quilted as I don't think I will have time to finish it, but I won't get it back in time for Xmas if I don't. I'm working on some placemats and completed an apron for my daughter's mother who is in Korea. I'm also knitting away at gloves for one of my daughter in laws. 

I'm very thankful for audiobooks which allow me to do at least two things at once. 

Clicking on the title link will take you to the Goodreads page of the book.


BLOG POSTS LAST WEEK


PICTURE BOOKS

5 stars

This book will wow you. It’s partly because of the art on the textured paper. Not only is it visually stunning, there’s a tactile component that had me running my hands across the pages as I turned them.
Each of the different parts has a different maze. I couldn’t help myself from stopping and wending my way through them.
Although I don’t really comprehend all parts of this poem, it gave me pause to reflect on my own life. I think I understand the big idea. As an agnostic, it’s kind of how I expected the king to be. Many thanks to Myra @ Gathering Books for turning me onto this poem. I'm looking forward to reading other versions. 

4 stars

This continues the story of Joe and Cody who are out fishing and picnicking on the ice. Mama and Joe were cuddled in the sled. Cody and Papa were just setting the nets under the ice when the dogs began chasing after a fox, taking Mama and Joe with them.
The story is written in both English and Cree. Brian Deines' art is gorgeous, but I'm still hoping that this book, like the others in the series, will be released with illustrations by a modern indigenous artist.

4 stars

Mark Teague is hilarious. I'm delighted that the teacher librarian I was in for set out this book and another for me to read with groups of children.
Wendell and Floyd are always late for school and their teacher never believes that they nearly capture by space creatures, attacked by pirates, or delayed by a plague of frogs.
The next day they leave very early and take a shortcut to school. It wasn't a good choice as they end up having even wilder adventures. Fortunately they arrive at school in time, (barely) as there is no way their teacher, Ms Gernsblatt would have believed what happened!

4 stars

This is the other book I read to primary students last week. I'm not sure the kindergarten group enjoyed the humour as much as the older ones did. Ike LaRue is a bad dog who has been sent to obedience school for a couple of months. The contrast between what he writes in his letters home to Mrs. LaRue (shown in black and white images) compared to the reality (shown in colour) is hilarious. Even though school is more like posh summer camp than a prison, Ike is so unhappy without Mrs LaRue that he runs away from the school. 

5 stars
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen & John Schoenherr (Illustrator)

I picked this book up to read after discovering that Heidi E.Y. Stemple, the author of Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends, is the young girl in this story and Jane Yolen's daughter. It tells the story of one evening when a father and his young daughter go out into the woods to call down an owl. It's beautifully poetic with gorgeous artwork. Knowing of the family's involvement in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count added deeper meaning to the story.

NONFICTION

Freeky Nature Series

5 stars


5 stars

I discovered this delightfully creepy series at a school library I worked in this week. It's written for elementary school students grades two and up. Zombies in Nature shows how different kinds of parasites take over a host's body and turn them into zombies. Super Powers in Nature shows us different plants and animals with capabilities that you might only expect to read about in comic books.

Both have brightly coloured photographs with captions explaining the image. I like the question and answer format on most of the two page spreads. Significant words in the text are highlighted in bold red, with a different font than the rest of paragraph. These words can be found in the glossary at the end of the book. The back matter also includes an index, a read more section, and links to websites. There is also a bit about the author.

I read both of these to groups of children this week and they were fascinated by them. I was planning on reading the rest of the series by myself, but the children ended up checking them all out. I'll be seeing if find any more of them in my public library.

5 stars

This book tells the story of Frank Chapman and how he initiated the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. You must go and read my review for a peek at how absolutely stunning Clover Robin's illustrations are.

NOVELS

4 stars

Eric Walters is one of my favourite Canadian authors. Sam and her father, along with a secret partner, run an elephant sanctuary. They live a comfortable life doing meaningful work. Initially Sam has a bit of conflict with her father's girlfriend, but that gets resolved positively. Then the birth of a new baby elephant changes everything. I learned a lot about elephants while reading this enjoyable novel and readers will too. The science fiction component (which really isn't that far fetched) adds a fascinating complication.


5 stars

I'm always worried when reading books that get loads of praise because it can set the book up for unrealistic expectations. In this case, however, every positive thing you read about this book is true. In fact it's difficult to actually oversell this one.
The story is set and told in alternative time frames: the present day and in 1957. Two youngsters, Candice Miller and Brandon Jones, set out to solve a decades old puzzle that involves the ramifications of a tennis match between a black and white team, and ends up being a search for a missing fortune. The historical aspects teach us much about life in America during the early days of the civil rights movement, while the modern day aspects show us how much has changed, and how much farther we have to go.
I love the references to novels and literature. I love these characters and their families!
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3.5 stars

I had the strangest case of déjà vu as I started this book. I was sure I had read about these characters before. It took me a while before I realized they were introduced in a short story in Flying Lessons, a collection of short stories by different authors.
This is a 3.5 roundup for me. I wanted to abandon this book a couple of times but my friend, Carrie Gelson, told me to persist. I did and I'm glad for it since I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than the first. I loved the close inter generational family relationships. I didn’t like the mean girl component but I appreciated that Merci finally found some true friends she could honestly be herself with. 
My gripe with this book is that it took me so long to really get engaged. In my experience most kids won’t give a book this much effort to get to the good stuff.
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4 stars

I started out listening to this adult novel but when it expired, finished it up through a fast read Ebook from my library.
I thought I had written a review, but must have forgotten to save it, or only thought about what to say.
Transcription is a spy story set during the second world war. It's a fast paced mystery with complicated twists and turns and heart pounding intrigue. What else would you expect from this author?

CURRENTLY

I'm listening to Lu by Jason Reynolds and reading, with my eyes, Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson. I've started Brave by Scetlana Shmakova.

UP NEXT

My goal is to read all the picture books I have out from the library! I also plan to read The Law of Finders Keepers by Sheila Turnage. It's one of my MustRead titles for this year and my library finally has it in!

PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS

I thought I was almost finished my goals only to discover that the Eric Walter's Elephant book I read this week wasn't on my list! I still have a month though and will start one of my last few books next week.  

#MustReadIn2018 23/25

#MustReadNFIn2018 12/12

25 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 25/25

Goodreads Reading Challenge 411/333