The Styling Librarian

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Styling Librarian: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 4/9/12

Here’s the inspiration behind this post:

Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the inspiration!

I just began reading The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Krishnaswami. This book is hitting me hard because of the family having to move to another country. Think I’m seriously putting myself in the character’s shoes. Love Bollywood films once in a while, my favorite is Lagaan, so enjoying reading about two girls who enjoy watching them.

Here are the treasures I’ve enjoyed this past week:


The Curse of Addy McMahon by Katie Davis
I was so excited to make time to read numerous Katie Davis books this week, still waiting on a few books coming through the public library… so this beautiful book was about a girl who found comfort journaling after her father passed away from cancer. She stumbles through one misstep after another and works through the story on her stubbornness, friendships, and family. I recommend this book to anyone who is dealing with change, admitting mistakes, and communicating with friends- wonderful lessons sprinkled throughout! Also, I’ll recommend to anyone who enjoyed reading Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine- even though they’re vastly different, similar theme. I loved reading this book. Tough topics covered from cancer to parent loss in a beautiful way- really appreciated this realistic book with the smooth transitions from illustrations/comics to the chapters. I found myself looking forward to all parts of the story. Also, enjoyed this repeating quote: One character says: “Get out!” The other one responds with: “Stay in.” That was a new one for me, special friendship.  Haven’t seen a better Thanks/Acknowledgements page- wow, what a fun way to celebrate those who were involved in the book’s creation.

I loved reading Katie Davis’s picture books this week, many not for the first time, as well: Little Chicken’s Big Day, Who Hops?, Who Hoots?, Party Animals, I Hate To Go To Bed!, Kindergarten Rocks!, Mabel the Tooth Fairy and how she got her job



Ollie the Purple Elephant by Jarrett Krosoczka: Love this picture book, cute story about a purple elephant bringing home a purple elephant and how the family’s family cat and a neighbor plots to get rid of the elephant… Connected me with numerous other favorite books such as Lyle the Crocodile by Bernard Waber and Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos.

Milly and the Macy’s Day Parade by Shana Corey: Enjoyed this book, perfect partner with Balloons Over Broadway. Also, I love that this book deals with moving, fitting in within a new community, finding your place, fabulous messages!

Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal: What a beautiful picture book! My son couldn’t resist touching the sparkles on each page. Love the message- love will be passed on…

Melvin and the Boy by Lauren Castillo:  Cute story about a boy who realizes that the pet he selected isn’t happy in his new surroundings and would prefer being with friends at a pond. Beautiful word choice, wonderful read aloud.

A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid:  Think I’ll partner this book with Lulu and the Brontosaurus. Really enjoyed the book- beautiful simple pictures that make you enjoy the characters immediately… so cute- a girl is quite obsessed with having a skunk for a pet…

Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld: Very cute story about a cloud who needs a purpose. Inspiring and beautiful pictures.

Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio: I really enjoyed reading this book with my son. It has been a long while since he told me he’s dreamed about a book, but with this one, he dreamed about it, wanted to go to the web-connected site, and reread- really connected with Chloe’s character… terrific story, love how creativity rules in Chloe’s world and she has the supplies she needs!


Frankie Pickle and the Mathematical Menace by Eric Wight: Loved reading this with my kiddo. Probably will want to reread in a few years when/if he finds math to be intimidating… if that topic comes up. Will be terrific to share again. Still, love the formatting and style. Know students will eat this series up!

Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle: Loved this picture book, illustrated by Matt Phelan which caught my attention! Beautiful read aloud, perfect for a bedtime story. Enjoyed every moment reading this book…


I finished reading Chomp! by Carl Hiaasen – enjoyed it quite a bit. Recommended for anyone who enjoys reality tv shows, or hates them. Also for readers who enjoy adventure and survival stories, suspenseful situations, and are fans of other Carl Hiaasen books, he does not disappoint with this book!

I had a number of public library books come in recently that I knew I wanted to read before reading the other treasures waiting on my book shelf, so I haven’t had the chance to read Close to Famous by Joan Bauer… yet.

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7 comments on “Styling Librarian: It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 4/9/12

  1. The Styling Librarian
    April 9, 2012

    Reblogged this on Top Books in My World.

  2. Catherine
    April 9, 2012

    What age is the Carl Hiaasen book aimed at in your opinion? I have read some of his detective stories for adults back in the 90s… but nothing for children. Would like to investigate!
    Following reading Ruby Redfort: Look Into My Eyes – a really fun read, I am about to embark on a Nancy Drew – assuming that Clancy Crew (Ruby Redfort’s sidekick) is a reference to this – but I never read them as a child. Any thoughts?

    • The Styling Librarian
      April 9, 2012

      I feel like 4th/5th grade and middle school are a great fit for Carl Hiaasen’s books. I have some 3rd graders who read the books as well. Think since the movie adaption of Hoot, he’s more recognized.
      I have Ruby Redfort in my to be read pile, what fun.
      I wasn’t a Nancy Drew girl myself, I read Trixie Belden, so not too many thoughts beyond that I have numerous Nancy Drew devoted fans at my library and they LOVE the graphic novel adaptations.

  3. Ms. O
    April 10, 2012

    I really enjoyed Chomp as well. I think Hoot may still be my favorite but Chomp has moved right past Flush and Scat. So much fun!
    I loved Cloudette as well. Now I want to read Melvin and the Boy. Sorry to say I haven’t seen Ollie yet and we even had J.K visit our school … two years ago?

    • The Styling Librarian
      April 10, 2012

      I do like Hoot more but Chomp is the same for me- popped above Flush- and especially Scat, not sure if I was quite in the mood for Scat when I read it. I’m quite anxious to read Melvin and the Boy as well. Jealous you had J.K visit your school. Author visit dream of the future.

  4. Wow! That is a lot of books! You have a lot of my favorites on my list. Colby and I will be talking about Cloudette later in the month for our Read Along on I-94 book club, make sure you check in and read our discussion and join in! I love the Frankie Pickle series. All the kids I have shared it with love it, too. I wish he could publish more lickety split. They are so fun. This is a great, fun-filled, book post!

    • The Styling Librarian
      April 10, 2012

      🙂 I read Cloudette because of the list you and Colby shared. I keep up with all your conversations! I just realized that there might be a Frankie Pickle that I haven’t picked up yet, shall investigate that…
      Thanks so much for checking in, much appreciation!

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