#IMWAYR April 22, 2019

#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.

Happy Earth Day!

I'm planning on posting a poem that is part of a collection of poems about climate change, but a lot can happen between now, as I write this Sunday evening, and when I wake up Monday morning. 

As a nod to Easter reading, I picked up a couple of books with egg related themes when I was at the library Saturday with my granddaughter and daughter-in-law. Otherwise, we didn't make a big deal about the season this year. I made dinner and dessert of pavlova with lemon curd. Our house has been chocolate free! 


15. Hold On
16. These Hands

17. Cherubs

18. drought

19. journey*

20. Politics

21. A Poem For Lost Glasses

Hurrah! The poem a day challenge is almost 3/4's over. 


4 stars
Little Cub by Olivier Dunrea

I am in the middle of an obsession with Olivier Dunrea's picture books. My grandchildren are a bit young for this one as it has more text, but I am sure that slightly older children will love this story about a little bear who is on his own. He doesn't like being alone and wishes he had someone to take care of him. Old Bear is also alone and doesn't like it. He too wishes he had someone to take care of him. I'm now waiting to read Old Bear and His Cub.

4 stars
Gus (Gossie and Friends) by Olivier Dunrea

I enjoyed this little board book more than my granddaughter did, but maybe it was just not the right time for her. Gus is a thoughtful loner spending his time watching the world around him. Then he discovers a clutch of eggs.

4 stars
The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett

I might be more dark and twisted than I thought, but I loved this book. All the other birds have laid eggs except Goose. Then he found an egg and fell in love with its beauty, certain it was the best egg ever. Long after all the other eggs had hatched, goose waited. It’s quite the surprise when the egg finally does crack and open. I was sad that the end papers were covered in my library copy. I had to work hard to find the final, hilarious surprise!

3 stars
This House, Once by Deborah Freedman

This is a kind of house that jack built, only it references where the different parts of the house came from. The illustrations are divine, but I was confused by what was going on at times.


5 stars
I Am NOT a Dinosaur! by Will Lach & Jonny Lambert (Illustrator)

This book introduces readers to numerous animals often mistaken for dinosaurs. I loved it for many reasons. First, the main part is written in poetry. Second, it's nonfiction. Third, Jonny Lambert's art is equal to Steve Jenkins work. Fourth, the back matter is full of additional information about each animal. There is a section titled, What is a Dinosaur? It also includes a timeline showing the epochs each animal existed.


5 stars
My Dog Is a Carrot by John Hegley

These poems are pure delight! They are also twisted and somewhat warped. I'm looking forward to sharing some of them with students this coming week. The section of poems on glasses inspired me to write my own poem this week! You can read it here.


5 stars
Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan & Kyle Riley (Narrator)

The writing in this novel is exquisite. It's the story of black Jazz musicians living in Europe at the time of the second world war. It's a powerful story about betrayal and redemption. The list of awards this book has won, or was nominated for, tell you how potent it is.
Esi Edugyan is Canadian.


5 stars
Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy by Manjusha Pawagi

This memoir deals with the time the author was diagnosed with leukaemia and the treatment regime she had to endure to get rid of it. It's loaded with gruesome details, truly wretched experiences and episodes of black humour. I knew that the treatment for cancer was harsh, but before reading this book, I really didn't understand what that looked and felt like.
It is beautifully written. I stopped and wrote out a number of passages.
Throughout this memoir, what struck me most was the strength of the relationships she began with, and those she forged during her horrific marathon. I leave you with this quote from the book.

“ Love is not a tree, because trees die. Love is a rock. And not stone that crumbles into dust. It’s the Canadian Shield itself, granite as old is the Earth, solid and unwavering beneath my weak and unsteady feet.”
Manjusha Pawagi is Canadian.


I am listening to Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny and reading, with my eyes, Girl in Pieces by by Kathleen Glasgow. The latter has been on my #MustRead list for the last couple of years. I am so glad to finally get to it.


The next audiobook will be Property of the Rebel Librarian (if it becomes available.) I'm eyeing Ash Boy: A CinderFella Story as a break from the intensity before starting Watch Us Rise by RenĂ©e Watson.


#MustReadIn2018 11/25 1 in progress

#MustReadNFIn2018 6/12 

25 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 7/25

25 books by Canadian Authors 23/25

Goodreads Reading Challenge 138/333


  1. First graders love the Gossie and Friends books and read them a lot at the beginning of the school year. I Am NOt a Dinosaur looks interesting.

  2. All these books look wonderful! I'm especially curious about My Dog is a Carrot!

  3. I Am Not a Dinosaur sounds like a great book for #classroombookaday. Thanks for the recommendation. Have a great week!

  4. I love Emily Gravett's books, especially Bear and Hare, will look for The Odd Egg, Cheriee. And My Dog Is A Carrot sounds delightful! Thanks for all.

    1. I will definitely be reading more of Emily Gravett.

  5. Nice looking books. It has been a while since I read a picture book. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. I can't let go of them! They are very handy to carry around with you when you are substitute teaching. It's amazing what you can do with a good picture book!

  6. I really enjoyed This House, Once when I read it. The last few weeks brought that book to mind as we've been in my late grandmother's house, sorting through some of her things. I love listening to the stories of her house's history and seeing the evolution of the home in photographs. Thanks for sharing and have a terrific week!

    1. I loved the illustrations and appreciate the idea behind it.

  7. This House, Once and I am Not a Dinosaur both sound good. My updates for the week of April 22

  8. I think the Deborah Freedman book was the only one I've read! The illustrations are absolutely dreamy in that one, but yes, I think the storyline is a bit interpretive.

    1. I suspect you are correct and I was in a literal state of mind.

  9. I am definitely going to look for My Dog is a Carrot. I like interesting books of poetry. Did you know Emily Arrow has a song to go with This House, Once?

  10. Wow, I am so impressed by your poem a day challenge! I don't think I could write a single poem, let alone 30 of them in 30 days! Good for you.

    I remember the movie adaptation of Girl in Pieces was very good - I bet the book is even better!

    A chocolate-free household?!? What on earth for?? ha ha We love chocolate here. I can;t eat dairy or sugar, but I love a square of extra-dark chocolate with my herbal tea in the evening :) Your Easter dessert sounds delicious, though!

    Enjoy your books this week -


    Book By Book

    1. we did have some of those little lindt chocolate rectangles, but we always have those!

  11. I am a huge fan of emily Gravett - so it's great to see her book here. I tasted pavlova before and simply fell in love with it. I don't think I'd ever survive without chocolate! :) Have a great reading week, Cheriee!

  12. The thing with Dunrea's books is once you read one, you'll want to read them all.

  13. I will definitely have to hunt down a copy of I Am NOT a Dinosaur! My youngest daughter is CRAZY about dinosaurs, lately. I think she'll enjoy this title. I bet it feels good to get to another title from your #MustRead list, especially if it's been on there for a long time. Hope you enjoy it! Have a great reading week, Cheriee!