#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 UnleashingReaders 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 busy week. Friday we celebrated our son being called to the bar! We went to my brother's birthday party on Saturday and then Sunday we celebrated my husband's 65th birthday. I managed to finish a shirt for his gift. I'm also sewing the binding on a baby quilt.
Next week won't be much better as I will be working on another shirt for my son who has his birthday next Monday I'm working a couple of days at different schools, and my other son is coming over early Tuesday morning to make salsa!
BLOG POSTS LAST WEEK
(I had finished this in advance of our official update and then forgot about it til last week)
Little Critters by Xavier Deneux
The construction of this book has a lot of potential. It has different little creatures protruding from the pages. The name of the animal is usually on the top of the page with additional details in smaller print near the bottom. This secondary text identifies parts of the body. However, many of these details are not shown in the images.
I can't help but wonder how much I am influencing my granddaughter's lack on interest in this book. It begins with a spider, and much as I try to be neutral, I am not particularly fond of spiders. Irrational fear comes closer to describing my relationship with them. That said, other pages are delightful and Ada does like to feel the different little creatures.
Ears by Flowerpot Press
I like the photographs in this book a lot. I like that it is a nonfiction title for the littlest ones. On one two page spread it shows just the ears of a specific animal and a question asking, with some specific detail, who has ..... ears like these? The next page spread shows the whole animal.
Unfortunately, Ada doesn't love it as much a I do, although she can now show us where her own ears are!
Who Can? by Charles Ghigna & Vlasta Van Kampen (Illustrator)
Vlasta van Kampen's illustrations are gorgeous in this rhyming riddle book. Ada and Everett are not really ready for the puzzle part but they do enjoy the images, especially if we read the book as if it is a hiding game.
Who is Smiling? by Yusuke Yonezu
We love this book. It's one of those that Ada brings to me regularly these days while saying "book." But don't take my word for it. Look at her reading it to her doll in this video.
A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker
I've read this book numerous times and I still haven't figured out what to think about it. On the one hand the artwork is hands-down beautiful. What confounds me is the storyline. It begins with a young girl and her family burying their pet dog. Then the family is shown at the beach with this young girl making connections to a rock that she finds in the ocean. We are then shown a possible history of this rock across time and space.
I think the author is trying to show that the death of a family pet is a small thing in the bigger picture of time and space and that this brings the girl comfort. Even if young readers figure out this connection, which is debatable, I think it's balderdash. I say this as someone who is in the middle of grieving these days. Knowing a loved one's death is part of a larger picture does not assuage one's grief. It doesn't bring comfort. Over time perhaps this connection makes sense, but it doesn't feel authentic to me given that the girl has just buried her beloved pet.
I do think the second narrative, of the life cycle of the rock landing as a meteorite on earth, stands on its own as a brilliant story.
Gordon: Bark To The Future! (P.U.R.S.T. #2) by Ashley Spires
Ashley Spires can do no wrong! If you are not a fan of all her graphic novel series, (Binky and PURST) you are leading a deprived life. I wish I had a dog like Gordon! If you have beginning readers, you need these books.
The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend & Gemma Whelan (Narrator)
Morrigan Crow is a cursed child who is doomed to die on her 11th birthday. She is rescued by Jupiter North, who brings her to Nevermoor, where he sponsors her to compete in the trials to become a member of the Wundrous Society. This book is a wonderful fantasy that highlights the truly important things in life, being connected to others and belonging.
Although there is a bit of irritating girl snarkiness, it's negligible, and there are interesting twists inside of it.
I'm really glad I got around to reading this. Not only did I love this tale of Morrigan Crow, but no sooner did I finish it, I went to see if the next in the series was available. Unfortunately, it's on order, but not as an audiobook, so I'll wait a while and try to catch up on the rest of my reading.
No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
I barely finished this NetGalley title this afternoon. I'm in the process of writing a review, but here are a few important things about it. I'm not particularly fond of reading on my device, and I was compelled to keep coming back to finish this one. Also, my eyes leaked for the last 25 pages or so.
Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts by Jacquie Gering & Katie Pedersen
Ever since reading about Gee's Bend quilts I've become more interested in modern quilting. To be honest, I skimmed through much of the basic information about quilting since I've been making quilts and wall hangings or some time already.
I'm listening to Word by Word by Kory Stomper. I plan to start reading Front Desk in the next couple of days and I need to finish The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden by Karina Yan Glaser, a NetGalley title, before it expires on me!
I hope to get to The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed, a pile of picture books and hopefully spend some time dealing with the pile of picture books!
PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS
25 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 17/25
Goodreads Reading Challenge 310/333