Between working and knitting I'm trying to get all the graphic novels for the Cybil awards read ASAP. I'm almost there.
BABY BOARD BOOKS
I looked after my seven month old grandson this week and we read some books that my son had brought home from the library for him.
These clever illustrations with flaps to lift excited Everett. I'm not sure he enjoyed the book as much as just playing with the flaps and my making the animal sounds of the animals the flaps revealed.
This one is also very clever. Again, the flaps entertained Everett much more than the story and the counting, but I can see that this will be popular for its content given a bit of time.
I liked this more than Everett did. It was a lot of fun and I loved the ending when the animals all want to do it again. I can see it becoming a favourite as babies become older.
The black and white illustrations with occasional splashes of colour are striking. My little fellow focused on the pictures and enjoyed my making the animal sounds for each one.
This book is right up there with the best of the picture books I read and posted a week ago. Brendan Wenzel's illustrations are jaw droppingly gorgeous. Cynthia Rylant's profound words dance because of them.
YOUNG ADULT NOVELS
I'm trying to decide between a 3 and 4 for this one. I came away with a deep understanding of what it is to have this kind of mental health problem. I liked how the friendship between the two girls became stronger as the novel progressed. I just wish the novel had focused more on the mystery. Aza's obsessiveness consumed a lot of this novel. This might represent what it would be like to actually have to live with this but once I figured this out, I wanted more from this story.
You will want/need to read this one for yourself to fully appreciate it. The worldbuilding is powerfully creepy. The plot is intense. The characters are compelling. I can hardly wait to read the sequel, The Broken Vow, which won't be published until July!
This beautifully illustrated novel tells the story of how an Indian prince became an important spiritual leader.
These stunning illustrations integrate Korean folklore into the everyday life of a couple of Korean children's day when they go to visit their grandmother. The book arrived from the publishers and I brought it in to read to a group of students without having previewed it first. I wish I hadn't done that because then I could have set the book up so that they got more out of it. In spite of this, it was still a hit.
This is the coming of age story of a young girl who skated competitively from the time she was a young girl till nearly the end of highschool. The illustrations capture the essence of those early morning wakeups and time spent in an almost empty auditorium. (I vouch for the authenticity of this from my time taking my son to hockey practice) I really liked the information on the different jumps and spins.
I've just started listening to A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore & Fisher Stevens (narrator). I have to finish up Maximum Canada: Why 35 Million Canadians Are Not Enough by Doug Saunders this week because I am hosting book club next Monday! I'm rereading The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner.
I will reread Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci & Real Friends by Shannon Hale and then dig into Palestine by Joe Sacco. My next audiobook will be Saints and Misfits by S. K. Ali & Ariana Delawari (narrator)
PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS
#MustReadNFIn2018 1/12 - 1 in progress
25 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 1/25
Cybil Graphic Novels 9/12 - 1 in progress
Goodreads Reading Challenge 32/333