In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts and Unleashing Readers for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme! Finished a few books, woot! I was in the mood for some fantasy reading this week, probably just needed distraction from work projects and many to-do’s lately. I was grateful for my school library’s collection this week and was excited to receive a few new books for the library as well!
Celebrated on Saturday:
The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams, illustrated by Quentin Blake
Also celebrated this non-fiction book:
Enjoyed these novels:
Twice Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris – Fantasy, 4th grade and up – Enjoyed reading the sequel to Once Upon a Marigold this week, great read, easy on my brain during busy work days at the end of the year. I love fantasy mixed with humor and this book packs it in… My favorite part of the book? The back cover’s words: “Once Upon a Marigold ended with a royal wedding, a vanquished villainess, and a promise of happily-ever-after. End of story. Right? Wrong.” Goodreads Summary: “Since Queen Olympia’s fateful fall into the river, newlyweds Christian and Marigold have been living happily ever after. And they had every intention of keeping it that way–until they find out that Olympia may not be as gone as they thought.
Turns out Olympia is alive and well in a faraway village, having lost her memory after her ill-timed tumble. But one day she awakes and remembers her previous glory as queen. Accompanied by Lazy Susan (Sleeping Beauty’s slacker sister) and Stan Lucasa (a gentleman with a surprising destiny), Olympia returns, determined to take back the kingdom. Yet, thanks to a cast of familiar characters, grabbing the throne may not be as easy as Olympia thinks!”
Ingo by Helen Dunmore – Fantasy, 5th grade and up – from UK – wow. What a book. I was completely lost in this novel from start to finish. Been a while since I read a fantasy world book that I could completely accept and understand. Maybe it was the character development, how the world of Ingo was revealed and developed, or maybe the way the characters communicated… but I was caught and couldn’t stop reading. Unfortunately, it is a five book series… and I really hope I can steal time to read them all. I actually brought the sequel home already. Never mind all the other books sitting on my shelf. Yikes to the growing pile. I really loved this mermaid fantasy. I’m quite a big fan of Emily Windsnap books by Liz Kessler and I’m thrilled that this is the step up from that series reading level-wise and also emotionally. Goodreads Summary: “Sapphire’s father mysteriously vanishes into the waves off the Cornwall coast where her family has always lived. She misses him terribly, and she longs to hear his spellbinding tales about the Mer, who live in the underwater kingdom of Ingo. Perhaps that is why she imagines herself being pulled like a magnet toward the sea. But when her brother, Conor, starts disappearing for hours on end, Sapphy starts to believe she might not be the only one who hears the call of the ocean.”
The Tide Knot by Helen Dunmore – Fantasy, 5th grade and up – from UK – enjoyed returning to this world, interesting new characters, more complications and angst… didn’t find the conclusion as strong as the first book but probably will pick up the third book soon enough! Goodreads Summary: “In a seaside town of sandy beaches and ocean breezes, Sapphy has never felt so far from the sea. The crowded shore at St. Pirans is nothing like the cove at Sapphy’s old home, where she first found her way into the underwater world of Ingo.
But Ingo’s pull is strong, and it always finds a way. Soon Sapphy and her brother, Conor, are swimming beneath the waves again, riding the currents and teasing their Mer friend Faro. As Sapphy goes deeper into Ingo, she learns to feel more at home in the sea—even as she begins to be aware of its dangers.
There’s the danger of going in too deep, and breaking the delicate balance between Sapphy’s life on land and her life in Ingo. There’s the mysterious disappearance of Sapphy’s father, an experienced sailor who should neverhave drowned. And then there’s Ingo itself—a restless power as old as the world, as strong as the tides, and more dangerous than anything Sapphy has ever known.”
Tease Monster (A book about teasing vs. bullying) by Julia Cook, illustrated by Anita DuFalla – 5/6 years old and up – Decided to celebrate this in a Saturday Book Share soon, recommended.
Had fun reading a few books at the bookstore:
The Hueys in None the Number by Oliver Jeffers – Picture books, preschool – Really cute and hilarious, love that The Hueys series is continuing. Goodreads Summary: “”Is none a number?” you might ask. I’m glad you did. The answer is Yes! For example, how many lumps of cheese do you see next to you? The answer, depending on where you are, is likely “none.” Counting with the reader all the way up to ten, the Hueys explain numbers as only they can. Such as: The number 4 is the number of tantrums thrown by Dave every day. 7 is the number of oranges balanced on things. And 9 is the number of seagulls who attacked Frank’s French fries. Together they make quite a spectacle. But when you take away all of these fun illustrations in the book? You’re left with none!”
Not All Princesses Dress in PINK by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Anne-Sophie Lanquentin – Picture book all ages – Loved this book, great repetition and concept. Goodreads Summary: “Not all princesses dress in pink. Some play in bright red socks that stink, blue team jerseys that don’t quite fit, accessorized with a baseball mitt, and a sparkly crown! Princesses come in all kinds. Exuberant text from Jane Yolen and her daughter Heidi Yolen Stemple paired with charming illustrations prove that girls can jump in mud puddles and climb trees, play sports and make messes—all while wearing their tiaras! Not every girl has a passion for pink, but all young ladies will love this empowering affirmation of their importance and unlimited potential.”
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