Hurrah it's Monday and Thanksgiving Day here in Canada! Lots of time for reading everyone's #IMWAYR posts. I'm sending love, hugs and plenty of thanks to Jen at Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee and Rickie from Unleashing Readers for hosting this weekly event.
My week has been busy, but I've managed to find time to read some mind blowing books.
This is a truly beautiful book I read it and ran around sharing it with other teachers in the school as soon as I finished it. It's a powerful message about accepting people no matter what. It's a powerful message about standing up for each other. The illustrations are just gorgeous. Christopher Myers is one of my new favorite picture book writers.
I was in Kidsbooks last week and while searching for a baby book found this one. I'd heard of it but never read it before. I sure wish it had been around when my boys were little. I love, love, love these illustrations. They're so soft and sweet and universal. Now I'm really looking forward to having grandchildren and reading this book to them.
I read this one while I was at Kidsbooks, but I didn't like it enough to buy it. I'm not sure why it didn't work for me. The squabbling between the two creatures just irritated me. Then the premonition at the end that it was going to continue on over another object was too much for me.
This is a delightful story about a boy and his dog who build a spaceship and set off for Mars. His sister, Posh, is not coming with them. Unfortunately, Posh doesn't agree with this and stows away. In the end, this just might be a good thing.
This arrived in a collection of books for use as learning resources. I'm not sure why. I can see some possible writing connections so maybe that is it. The book is ok, but it went on a bit too long. I was looking for a Halloween themed book, and this is not that kind of scary.
Circa Now by Amber McCree Turner
This, and I am a sucker for magical realism. While this book does deal with coping with death, the hint of possible magic and the finding of the lost boy, make this book more than that. I've used photoshop to change pictures (although it's my partner who is the wizard) so this aspect to the story really intrigued me into continuing as well.
As I read, I couldn't help but make connections between Circa's belief in the power of the shopt images and the magical thinking that Joan Didion wrote about in her book after the death of her husband.
The Shadow Hero by Jean Luen Yang and Sunny Liew and Chu Hing
At the end of the book are two delightful surprises. First is information about Chu Hing, a Chinese cartoonist who worked in the comic industry during the 1940's. He was the creator of a World War II superhero called the Green Turtle who was rumoured to be Chinese. The second treat is a reprint of Green Turtle's first adventure.
FooterDavis is Probably Crazy by Susan Vaught
I started out writing about this book here, but got carried away and decided it needed it's own post. It is a fabulous read about a girl who wants to be a journalist when she grows up. Her life is extremely complicated by her mother's mental illness and trying to figure out who murdered their neighbour and set his house on fire.
I appreciated that Footer's best friend, Peavine, has cerebral palsy. (You don't see this very often in children's literature) I loved how supportive the adults in this book are. I like that even when they are flawed, they are just human and can become better people. After all, isn't this the truth about all of us?
I have some reservations about the side effects of the treatment for Footer's mother's bipolar disorder, but other than that, this is one is keeper.
Echo by Pam Manolo's Ryan
I'm listening to The Selection by Kiera Cass. Many of my grade 5's and up are reading this so I decided I better find out what it is about. I've also started reading Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana.
I've got behind the beautiful forevers by Katherine Boo downloaded from the library. I'd forgotten about it so I have to get on it before it expires. A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park is waiting for me as my next audiobook.