#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 was an intense reading week for me. The adult novels left me reeling. I abandoned Last Night I Sang to the Monster because even though it was an ebook, I couldn't make the font larger. This probably isn't a problem when you are young, but even with my reading glasses on, small print is a serious challenge for me. It won't be long and I won't even add books to my want to read list unless it is available in either audio or large print format.
The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater & Eric Fan & Terry Fan (Illustrators)
The Fan brother's illustrations are just jaw droppingly beautiful in this book. It's a deeply philosophical narrative about a wolf and other animals who head off on a ship in search of the perfect island. While I liked it well enough, I'm not sure this will work with younger students. However, it would be interesting to share with intermediate age students to see what they make of it.
Now by Antoinette Portis
This is a beautiful book that reminds us to live in the moment and enjoy and love what we are doing now to its fullest.
A Cat Is Better by Linda Joy Singleton & Jorge Martin (Illustrations)
This humorous book presents is with a cat who thinks it is much better than a dog. Eventually, after living with a dog for a while, it changes its mind. The simple bright coloured cartoons are lots of fun.
Zigzoo by Ruowen Wang & Wei Xu (Illustrator)
When a young dragon, Zigoo, ends up with a cold, his grandmother sends him off to see a human doctor. The doctor, worried about what the dragon might do to his office, refers him to another specialist. This continues until the dragon’s cold starts to go away on its own. In the end, Zigoo manages to get his fire back in a way that makes the humans start to appreciate him.
If You Ever Want to Bring a Circus to the Library, Don't! by Elise Parsley
Libraries may not be the quiet places many people think they are, but a circus in a library is still too much for all kinds of reasons. This funny book lets readers know what they are. This is from the author of If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! If you liked that one, you will enjoy this.
My Friend Lucky by David Milgrim
I would snap this book up in a heartbeat if I were still in the library. It is a delightful book about a boy and his dog. Each page has two words on it starting with Lucky. Each two page spread presents opposites. This makes it perfect for emerging readers who can engage with the text meaningfully. The humour and love in the pages will make it a favourite so they will happily reread it!
TRANSITIONAL CHAPTER BOOKS
Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder & Emily Hughes (Illustrator)
I am madly in love with these two fictional boys. How I wish that this book had been around when my own two sons were younger. Charlie and Mouse are two brothers who live in a loving family. The four little stories are just charming in their simplicity.
Emily Hughes' illustrations are the icing on the cake. She captures an innocence in childhood and shows us a diverse cultural community living together in harmony.
MIDDLE GRADE NOVELS
The Authentics by Abdi Nazemian
I enjoyed this book about an Iranian girl growing up in LA.Her parents are financially well off and Daria seems to live a charmed life with her group of diverse friends who call themselves The Authentics. When their class is asked to do a genealogy report for high school, the group decides to get genetic testing to add to their reports. Daria's results come as a shock and leave her wondering who she really is.
I appreciate the diverse group of characters included in this book. I like the backdrops of Iranian and Mexican culture. I especially appreciate that by the end of the novel all the characters have transformed in some way or another.
Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy
I read this book after finishing Jesmyn Ward's novel. (See below) It was the perfect sequel. Sure it made me cry, but this is ultimately a story of hope. It is the tale of a young white girl and her family who return to her parent's home town to look after her grandmother, who has Alzheimers. Alice connects with their elderly black neighbour, Miss Millie, who helps her make friends and cope with her feelings about the move and her absent father.
YA & ADULT NOVELS
Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez
This is a powerful novel about families living in a low income neighbourhood in Toronto. I've got a full review just about ready to post.
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward & narrated by Kelvin Harrison, Jr., Chris Chalk and Rutina Wesley
I had no idea there was even such a thing as Southern Gothic until I read this book. If that means anything to you, then you will know something about what to expect. I'm hoping to have a more in depth review for this up next week.
Nothing I can write will ever do justice to it.
I'm reading The Secret Sheriff of Sixth Grade by Jordan Sonnenblick. I'm listening to The Lightkeeper's Daughters by Jean E. Pendziwol.
Saving Marty By Paul Griffin is the audiobook that is next on my list. The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez is on top of my to read with my eyes pile.
PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS
50 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 31/50
Chocolate Lily (CL) 51/51
Big Book Challenge 4/6
Goodreads Reading Challenge 350/333-->