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Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts  and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme!  This was a graphic novel week, special ones to encounter… I read numerous other books this week but decided to feature them on other posts coming up. I’ve been quietly plugging away at reading but have been reading a few too many books simultaneously… this leads me to not finish any… it has been a while since I was in this position, shall see when I refocus and just complete some books. Two more weeks until holiday, so perhaps I’ll increase reading productivity then! 

photo 1What If…? by Anthony Browne – Fantasy – Preschool and up – “Mom, I want to read this book first because I’m a big fan of Anthony Browne.” Easy answer from me, “Sure!” I’ve been anticipating reading this book for quite a while. It is quite the interesting book with numerous “oh!” moments… For some reason I was thrown simply from the cover of the book having a scene that isn’t anywhere in the book, pretty wonderful. Love the simpleness of the book- a little boy misplaced the exact address of a friend’s house and looks in many windows until he finds the correct one… plus there is a poignant moment where the son and mother have some angst over birthdays, trying something new, etc. Goodreads Summary: “Joe is nervous about his first big party, and as Mum walks him along the darkening street to his friend’s house, his imagination starts to run wild. They search for the right place, looking through the windows, wondering “What if…?” while making surprising discoveries along the way.”

King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury – Realistic Fiction – Preschool-1st grade-  this would be a lovely book to read with children ages 2-6, so special as a read aloud. This is a book I’d choose as a gift for a young child, I wouldn’t specifically say it is for a boy either… Goodreads Summary: “Jack, Zack, and baby Caspar spend all day fighting dragons in their homemade fort. But when Sir Zack and Caspar are taken inside for bed, King Jack – alone on his throne – finds himself feeling a bit less brave . . . especially when he hears a thing approaching, a thing with four legs.”

photo 2Why Explore? by Susan Lendroth, illustrated by Enrique S. Moreiro – published in 2005 – Since I walked by this book and was curious over and over, and finally grabbed it today… Lovely lyrical book that touches on famous explorers over time in many different areas of the world. Loved the organization and process of this book. Goodreads Summary: “Throughout history, natural curiosity has led human beings to explore the vast oceans, chart the night sky, and venture into unknown territories of science. But why? With elegant poetry, Susan Lendroth examines this ever-present drive to discover, from prehistoric cave dwellers to the Age of Galileo to modern-day space exploration. Along the way, readers will learn how far human curiosity has taken us, and consider both the costs and rewards of pursuing the unknown. Enrique Moreiro’s rich oil paintings illuminate this intriguing journey into the very heart and spirit of human nature.”
Thought I’d share Bill Nye’s opinion on exploration:

mozziemidgieMozzie and Midgie by Doug MacLeod, illustrated by Sandy Okalyi – beautiful book that reads like a folktale from Australia, story about spoonbills that doubted that they were special after a boastful parrot said it was the most beautiful… Great location connections in addition to beautiful pictures.  Goodreads Summary: “When Mozzie and Midgie meet a colourful parrot who boasts of being the most beautiful bird on the island, the two young spoonbills set off to find out what could make them beautiful and special.”

Ariol – Just a Donkey Like You and Me by Emmanuel Guibert and Marc Boutavant – Graphic Novel – 2nd grade and up – So glad that a blogger mentioned this book, quite entertaining and hilarious. My son loved every minute of this book. I love how the children interact with the adults in the book in addition to the clueless nature of Ariol…  Goodreads Summary: “Ariol is your everyday tween donkey. He lives in the suburbs with hismom and dad. His best friend is a pig. He’s in love with a beautiful cow in his class. His teacher is a dog. His gym teacher is a huge rooster. In short, Ariol is just like you and me.”
Had no clue this was a tv show as well until looking online, wow:

Kiddo read the book within a day, enjoyed it as well, here’s his review:

Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell – Well, I didn’t realize initially that this book was created by the creator of the comic strip series Doug @ Home. I sat, read, loved the twists and surprises, enjoyed the adventure, monsters and time period, and then said “phew, so glad I loved it” when completed, really enjoyed.  Goodreads Summary: “In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster–much to the townsfolk’s delight! Each town’s unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism.
Each town, that is…except for one.
Unfortunately, for the people of Stoker-on-Avon, their monster isn’t quite as impressive. In fact, he’s a little down in the dumps. Can the morose Rayburn get a monstrous makeover and become a proper horror? It’s up to the eccentric Dr. Charles Wilkie and plucky street urchin Timothy to get him up to snuff, before a greater threat turns the whole town to kindling.
Monsters of all ages are sure to enjoy this tale about life’s challenges, the power of friendship, and creative redemption, packed with epic battles and plenty of wild beasts!”

This past week I also read:


The Field of Wacky Inventions by Patrick Carman – Saturday Share


Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose by Dr. Seuss – ThirstDay

Enormous Crocodile

The Enormous Crocodile by Roald Dahl – Treat Tuesday

Steal Like An Artist

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon – Past Saturday Share (finally finished)

Currently listening to:

Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – Adult – I find this book absolutely fascinating! Goodreads Summary: “At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society–from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.
Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.
Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts–from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a “pretend extrovert.””

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14 comments on “Styling Librarian #IMWAYR It’s Monday What Are You Reading?

  1. It seems everyone and their neighbor is reading Quiet! I started it but kept getting sidetracked by other books and now I have to return it.I still have to read Anthony Browne books.

    • The Styling Librarian
      December 9, 2013

      I was drawn to it after recommendations, just fascinating to listen to… 🙂 Good luck getting your hands on Anthony Browne books, where you are, bet it is possible!

  2. Jen Vincent (@mentortexts)
    December 9, 2013

    I’ve been contemplating What If’s lately…which can be good and bad. I try to live in the moment and love everything about life right now so what ifs lead me to lots of daydreaming…good or bad. I loved Quiet!!!! I listened to it on audio, too and it has made me think so much about people who might be introverts. So great!

    • The Styling Librarian
      December 9, 2013

      Daydreaming… what if… I was recently reminded that grass isn’t always greener… Glad that I decided to listen to Quiet. Just fascinating.

  3. Holly Mueller
    December 9, 2013

    I don’t recognize a lot of books on your list this week, so that’s good – new ones to put on my TBR list! 🙂 The one I DO recognize is Quiet. I really need to get to it!

    • The Styling Librarian
      December 9, 2013

      Now there is a miracle! 😉 Usually I add to my TBR list from your posts!! Happy reading to you!

  4. Adrienne
    December 9, 2013

    Today I’m reading “Forgive me, Leonard Peacock” by Matthew Quick and “Go: A Kidd’s Guide to graphic Design” by Chip Kidd.

  5. Tara Smith
    December 10, 2013

    Anthony Browne is wonderful – and this looks like another winner. I had heard Susan Cain’s TED talk, but this book looks intriguing, too. Thanks for sharing today!

    • The Styling Librarian
      December 10, 2013

      Thanks for reading! 🙂 The book is quite interesting, finding excuses to walk around and listen…

  6. megan
    December 10, 2013

    I just saw Monster on the Hill at a local game shop. I don’t know anything about it or the author, but the cover was so charming I knew I had to read it! Thanks for the reminder…off to find that book!

  7. Myra GB
    December 10, 2013

    Hello there Debbie, I am so glad to learn about this new Anthony Browne book – I love everything that he creates. I shall definitely try to find this in our libraries or recommend to our librarian if we don’t have it yet. I know most Dr Seuss books, but not this Thidwick – sounds delightful. I just discovered that Dr. Seuss illustrated an adult book of nudes you might want to check out, here’s the link (found it on facebook):

    • The Styling Librarian
      December 10, 2013

      I agree, I try to read every single book by Anthony Browne. Hah to Seuss creations, thanks for sharing!

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