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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! Enjoying books week by week… I decided to spread out what I’m reading recently over a few weeks… so this isn’t everything but I’ve enjoyed them all!

My Friend’s a Gris-Kwok by Malorie Blackman – Early chapter book – 2nd grade – Little Gems/Barrington Stoke – What a hilarious book. Thought it was hilarious how a boy goes over to a friend’s house and a little sister turns into a bird… and then chaos ensues. Wouldn’t mind being a Gris-Kwok for a little while and turn into any animal I wish. Looking forward to seeing what my students think about this imaginative book. Goodreads Summary: “Alex has a big secret. He’s a Gris-Quok – which means he can turn into any animal three times in any one week. But Alex’s horrible little sister is a Gris-Quok too and wants to have some fun. That’s where the trouble begins.”


Sea Urchins and Sand Pigs by Cornelia Funke – Early chapter book – 2nd grade –  Little Gems/Barrington Stoke – I LOVE THIS AUTHOR. Really cute quick short stories all centered around a beach vacation spot with five children’s fantastical experiences there. Think students will really enjoy this fantasy!

What Is It Like to Be Me? A book about a boy with Aspergers syndrome – by Alenka Klemenc with Branka D. Jurisic and Karina Kompan Erzar –  Non-fiction – This is such a big book packed with so much information, you can use in variousways- for parents – fantastic. For students- use portions. For a class read/explanation- there’s a great portion to use as well. I appreciate how there are multiple comic sections of the book that perfectly illustrate how a childwithasperger’s syndrome processes information, communicates withothers, and doesn’t understand how to read faces. Fantastic book to share. Goodreads Summary: “Join Greg, a young boy with Asperger’s syndrome (AS), as he tells us all about the world as he sees and experiences it. We learn about all the things he loves, including his routine and numbers, as well as his special interest in batteries (he even has a rectangular one!). Greg also tells us about the things that he finds challenging, from a change in his beloved routine to reading facial expressions, and how these things can sometimes leave him upset and overwhelmed. By explaining the way he feels and how best to calm him down when it all gets too much, Greg helps us to understand AS and how it affects the way he views the people and objects around him.”

Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop – Picture book -LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. Beautiful story to start with, appreciate the reading tree. Especially love all the friends who join in and help one another out in the story! And HOORAY for a cute little hedgehog in the story. Goodreads Summary: “One day Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends discover a hollow tree in the middle of the forest. What can be done with one ordinary tree? “I will keep my book in this nook so everyone can read it,” Red Knit Cap Girl says.
But the tree isn’t only for books. Little by little, one by one, the animals share their unique gifts and turn the ordinary tree into a special spot for everyone to enjoy!”

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell – Picture book – I would start the year sharing this book, no doubt about it, the perfect book care introduction with humor and caring throughout. Great illustrations. Quite a cute one… Goodreads Summary: “Little Louie’s story keeps getting messed up, and he’s not happy about it! What’s the point of telling his tale if he can’t tell it perfectly? But when he stops and takes a deep breath, he realizes that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one–imperfections and all.”

Crankenstein by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Dan Santat – Picture book – HILARIOUS! When does your cranky side come out? How does it look? I loved how this boy looked when he was annoyed about situations… Hilarious. Enjoyed what brought Crankenstein out of his grouchiness as well. Goodreads Summary: “HE IS A MONSTER OF GRUMPINESS THAT NO ONE CAN DESTROY! MEHHRRRR!!! HE’S ALIVE!
He may look like any ordinary boy, but when faced with a rainy day, a melting popsicle, or an early bedtime, one little boy transforms into a mumbling, grumbling Crankenstein! When Crankenstein meets his match in a fellow Crankenstein, the results could be catastrophic-or they could be just what he needs to brighten his day!”

A Crankenstein Valentine by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Dan Santat – Picture book –  It’s all about friendship… and hating Valentines day…. and laughing along. Can’t wait to read this aloud! Goodreads Summary: “CRANKENSTEIN! He’s BAAAAACK! See what happens to an ordinary kid on the most lovey-dovey, yuckiest day of the year-Valentine’s Day! Cheesy cards, allergy-inducing bouquets, and heart-shaped everything? It’s enough to turn anyone into a monster! YECHHHH! But Crankenstein might just find a way to turn his sour day sweet… because even the crankiest monsters have hearts!”

Phileas’s Fortune – a story about self-expression by Agnes de Lestrade, Valeria Docampo – Picture book – Interesting book that can be carefully interpreted and shared with children for discussion on appreciation of what you have even if it isn’t wealth… I personally loved the idea of a community that cannot speak a word that hasn’t been eaten… and then the words that are quality actually cost too much for the average person. What a quiet community it might be! I’ll be thinking about this book for a while. Goodreads Summary: “How can Phileas express himself to Cybele when he doesn’t have the right words say? How can he tell her how he feels when he doesn’t have enough money to buy the words? Phileas’s Fortune reveals the power of language and self-expression. Words are important, but what is more significant is the sincerity and character behind what is actually being said. True self-expression comes from deep inside. And, in the end, heart is always more meaningful than money.”

Attack! Boss! Cheat code! A Gamer’s Alphabet by Chris Barton, illustrated by Joey Spiotto – Picture book – What a fantastic book. My son loved reading this gamer’s alphabet…. can’t wait to share it with my students who are obsessed with gaming. Fantastic book. Enjoyed the illustrations as well. Goodreads Summary: “Bone up on your gaming knowledge with this gently ironic yet thoroughly informative guide to video game terminology, presented as a picture book for all ages. “Attack! Boss! Cheat Code! A Gamer’s ABC “is an indispensable guide, a lively look at the language of video games that might actually bridge the gap between game-obsessed kids and their often-perplexed parents.
If you can decipher the following sentence, you don’t need this book:
“This open beta game is in third-person but first-person is unlockable if you know the cheat code or install your own mod, but either way, for the best attack on the boss on this level, try to grab that power-up!”
Almost any 9-year old could translate for you but if you don’t have access to one, try this book instead.”

The Girl Mechanic of Wanzhou by Marjorie Sayer – 4th grade and up – Historical Fiction with a madeup setting – I enjoyed the adventure and appreciated the cultural experience embedded into the story. This was a tough book, think students willenjoyitbutwill need to push through the first few chapters to get invested in reading it… Goodreads Summary: “Twelve year old Zun lives in China, 1902. Like her father, she’s at home in the world of machines. She knows whether to grease or oil, how to true a wheel, and the heartbreak of over-tightening. She believes great times are ahead, as soon as her father builds China’s first bicycle factory. That dream halts one terrible night.”

Ling & Ting Twice as Silly by Grace Lin – early reader – 2nd grade – These stories just get better and better, I’m always pleasantly surprised when I find myself laughing aloud with Grace Lin’s jokes and silly stories that Ling and Ting share… just love it. Goodreads Summary: “Ling & Ting are twins. They like to be silly. They like to tell jokes. Most of all, they like to laugh together. Laugh with Ling & Ting!”

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

  1. Linda Baie
    April 20, 2015

    I reviewed this Red Knit Cap Girl, too, loved the story & those special illustrations! The Girl Mechanic sounds interesting. Thanks for all Debbie.

  2. msyingling
    April 20, 2015

    I frequently have students asking for Cheat Code books– could I distract them with an ABC one? Video games have never appealed to me personally, so maybe I would learn something if I read it.

  3. Kay Mcgriff
    April 20, 2015

    These look like great books–especially the picture books. I wish Crankenstein had been around when my daughter was small. We would have enjoyed it.

  4. So many great reviews! I especially like the focus on early readers, and it can be so tough to find real winners at that level.

  5. cheriee weichel
    April 21, 2015

    So very many interesting books here! I’ve added just about all of these to my wish list. I’m especially looking forward to the Cornelia Funke and Grace Lin titles as I love their work.

  6. ejmam
    April 21, 2015

    I’ve had the Ling and Ting books on my shelf for ages but I’ve really got to read them as I love Grace Lin books. Sometimes I’m better at reading the books I get from the library than the ones I buy!

  7. Kellee Moye (@kelleemoye)
    April 21, 2015

    Next to Crankenstein and Ling & Ting, these are all new to me. Thank you for sharing them! I love McDonnell! His illustrations are so much fun. I also love the gamer’s ABC book–I’ll have to get it for Trent 🙂

    Happy reading this week! 🙂

  8. Christine
    April 22, 2015

    Fantastic reviews! There are so many gorgeous early readers there. I loved the sound of Crankenstein, I’ll keep an eye out for those!

  9. Myra GB
    April 23, 2015

    That is quite a lot of picturebooks you have here – I haven’t come across any of the Crankenstein materials yet, and I really am keen to find it – I have a special fascination for monsters.

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