Hurrah! #IMWAYR time again, when readers share what they have been reading and find out what others have been up to in the past week. The adult version of this meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. The kidlit rendition is hosted by Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers. Whatever you are looking forward to in your next great read, these are fabulous places to start your search.
It is now official.
Both of my son's partners are expecting babies. Sometime in June I will be a grandmother! I am a tad excited about this. If you have ideas for what to get as gifts (books or other stuff) for expecting parents, I am open for suggestions.
Otherwise, I have had a somewhat dismal reading week. What I finished was great, but I was busy. I helped out at my old school's book fair last week. That is how I managed to find time to read all the picture books. I had my niece and nephew over one night because of snow. Then my family got some serious baking in. We have made peanut butter balls, shortbread and peanut butter cornflake squares.
What can I say. I adore Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. As I read this, I imagined how much fun these two had writing it.
Two children are born. Another, the antichrist, arrives at the hospital and his planned substitution goes awry.
Consequently his strategic upbringing is meted out to the wrong child. This really screws things up, as nothing takes. Meanwhile, the real antichrist grows up in a small village with loving parents and a cohort of close friends.
Considerable celestial and satanic energy have been put into preparing for Armageddon. As the time draws near, the armies of good and evil are ready and waiting for the antichrist to take over the world and destroy it.
But what if the main actor decides to change plans?
This novel is peopled by a delightful cast of characters, including The Gang of Them, a 'fussy angel and a fast living demon', witches and witch finders, and the four Horsemen of the apocalypse. I loved them all.
I was so happy to read this last week. After a strong beginning the series flagged a bit for me. This one takes me back to why I loved the first one so much. Poor Princess in Black, even while on vacation she can't get away from fighting monsters. At least she can count on Duff looking after things while she is away. Or can she?
School's First Day of School by Adam Rex & Christian Robinson
This is a very sweet story about the first day of school from the schools perspective. It will be a delightful book to read to all children starting school, and everyone else who helps them navigate this great adventure.
What a delightful read! This is no ordinary princess, and this is no ordinary pony. After an inauspicious beginning, together they will change the world. (I bought two copies of this for the little girls in my life)
What a delightful retelling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood. I laughed all the way through it. Red is a strong indomitable character who is sure the lion would rather eat donuts than people. These illustrations are gorgeous.
These raucous pirates show how it's possible to be rowdy and wild and have a good time, but still remember to use your manners. It's sweet. Catrow's images are delightful!
This book is loaded with charm and humour. A boy and a robot become unlikely friends. When the robot accidentally gets turned off the boy tries to fix it. When the boy goes to sleep, the robot ends up trying to fix the boy.
Fun Fun Fun! And it's loaded with math. A group of group of four friends have to figure out how to share three cookies. How they managed to achieve this is hilarious.
Fly guy books never languished on the library shelf. I've never met a reluctant beginning reader who didn't love them. So I was excited at the book fair to see this Christmas book. It didn't disappoint. It is loaded with the same humor of the others as Fly Guy tries to protect his family from the stranger who arrives on Christmas Eve. I purchased a copy for one of my nephews.
I wanted to love this book by Eric Litwin, author of the Pete the Cat books. Unfortunately it didn't quite work for me. It's got fun characters and a delightful message about sharing. Maybe if I listen to the song that goes along with it I would like it better.
I'm listening to Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff. It is fabulous!
I'm going to be busy finishing up sewing projects so I suspect I will be mostly listening to books. I've downloaded Red by Liesl Shurtliff and suspect that will be what I put on after Jack.