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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!

Special Saturday Book Share:

George by Alex Gino:

Books treasured:

Jim’s Lion by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Alexis Deacon – Graphic novel – what a beautiful touching story! Perfect book to share with children who have a little fear. Especially good for children who are nervous about being at the hospital, getting an operation, etc. Very special, beautiful book. Goodreads Summary: “A touching story about a boy in hospital, who dreams wild and extraordinary dreams as he faces a life-saving operation.
Jim is in hospital. He’s frightened. What if the doctors send him somewhere that he can’t find his way back from? Nurse Bami tells Jim that he must go to his “good place” and there, his “finder” will come looking for him. Everyone has a finder. And so, deep in Jim’s dreams, he finds his: a lion. In Soonchild, Russell Hoban’s final piece of fiction before he died, Alexis Deacon met the spirit and wit of Hoban’s vision head-on – brilliantly capturing the dark magic that lay at the heart of this fable. Since then, it feels almost impossible to imagine a better match for Hoban’s words than Alexis’ art.”

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka – Graphic Novel- My son loved this book. It wasn’t quite for me. Rolled my eyes and chuckled throughout. Goodreads Summary: “The Glorkian Warrior isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, so it’s good he’s got his trusty talking backpack to advise him as they set out on a perilous journey to deliver a pizza. The pizza’s got clams and peanut butter on it, so it’s not clear who’s going to want it, but deliver it they will.”

Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat by Deborah Underwood, pictures by Claudia Rueda – So happy I had the time to read this book. Hlarious. Reminded me a bit of Chester by Melanie Watt. Very different story, very original but also the similarities will tickle the readers of both. I just love this author’s ideas and creations! Goodreads Summary: “When Cat loses a tooth, the Tooth Fairy delivers a wholly unwanted sidekick: a mouse. Together, Cat and Mouse are tasked with running a few Tooth Fairy-related errands—a challenge, since Mouse is just as competitive and mischievous and hilariously self-involved as Cat. The stakes rise and so does the deadpan humor, culminating in a satisfying surprise that will leave readers eager for yet another delightfully devious Cat adventure.”

The Year of the Jungle by Suzanne Collins– Memories from the Home Front illustrated by James Proimos – Memoir – I don’t know why my local library put this book in the picture book area. It is a reflection of life when a young girl’s father goes off to fight in the Vietnam War for a year. It is poignant, beautiful, touching. Goodreads Summary: “Suzy spends her year in first grade waiting for her father, who is serving in Vietnam, and when the postcards stop coming she worries that he will never make it home.”

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo – What a gorgeous book. Loved everything about this book, beginning to end. Appreciated how getting a red cape can make all the difference with bravery, especially when you have someone who believes in you. So special. Goodreads Summary: “In this magical picture book, a young boy spends an overnight visit with his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scary—but wonderful.”

Where are my Books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi – Oh what a darn hilarious book. Enjoyed and chuckled my way through it. My son thought it was a riot as well. So fun to read a picture book where I can’t guess at first who the villian is and when I find out who it is I just laugh and laugh. Fun and fantastic, highly recommended for a read aloud! Goodreads Summary: “A boy investigates a squirrelly situation to track down his missing stories in this charming ode to book lovers of all kinds.
Spencer loves to read. He reads a book every night. But one morning his favorite book goes missing, and in its place is a tulip. Spencer searches high and low, but he can’t find his book.
The next morning another book is missing, a nut in its place. And the morning after that, another book is missing.
What is happening to Spencer’s books? When he finds out, Spencer devises a surprising solution that will delight readers (and librarians) everywhere.”

A Path of Stars by Anne Sibley O’Brien – Appreciated the storytelling nature of this story set in American and also reflecting on life in Cambodia. Very touching how grief is introduced and dealt with in this book. Goodreads Summary: “An affecting story of family, loss and memory. Dara loves the stories her grandmother, Lok Yeay, tells of the Cambodian countryside where she grew up – stories of family, food and the stars above, glowing in the warm, sweet air. There are darker stories too – stories of war and loss that Lok Yeay cannot put into words. Lok Yeay yearns to return to Cambodia to be with her brother. But when that dream becomes impossible, it’s up to Dara to bring Lok Yeay back to a place of happiness.”

Moon Watchers – Shirin’s Ramadan Miracle by Reza Jalali, illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien – Touching story about a young girl who wishes to practice all the traditions of Ramadan but is too young to practice the fasting. Appreciated the compromise and also the honest sibling relationship. Goodreads Summary: “Looking through the tall trees in their backyard in Maine, Shirin and her dad search for a glimpse of the new moon, the sign that the month of Ramadan has begun. Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world pray, fast, and pay special attention to doing good deeds. Shirin is nine and thinks she should be able to fast like her older brother Ali, but her parents feel she is still too young to go without food and water all day. When Shirin catches Ali sneaking food after school, she wonders: Should she tattle or is this an opportunity for a good deed? Shirin feels left out when the others break their fasts to have their own meals after dark and in the early morning, before it is light again. But then her grandmother tells a story that shows her a way she can feel more a part of Ramadan and the traditions and closeness her family enjoys during this special month of the year. Her good deeds result in a surprise for everyone!”

Camp Rex by Molly Idle – These books are a riot. Just enjoy each moment. Such a brilliant imagination! Goodreads Summary: “What could be more fun than a camping trip with a good friend?
When that friend is T. Rex!
It’s important to set a few wilderness safety guidelines first. . . like making sure he stays on the trail. And does not disturb the local wildlife. And knows how to build a safe campfire. But sometimes dinosaurs have a different way of doing things, and that’s why it’s best to be prepared . . . for anything!
Following in the extremely large and funny footsteps of Tea Rex, Camp Rex is for anyone who loves to roast a marshmallow or two around the campfire . . . or the whole bag at once!”


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

  1. I didn’t realize Jim’s Lion was a graphic noel. I’ll have to check if we still have it in the store and make sure it’s properly categorized.

  2. Myra GB
    August 17, 2015

    Moon’s Watchers would have been perfect for our Middle Eastern reading theme. A Path of Stars and the Lion graphic novel also look very special. You’ve had a fantabulous reading week! I miss reading picturebooks!

  3. Maureen Nosal (@maurscode)
    August 17, 2015

    So many books to put on my “TBR” list! I have been hearing a lot about George lately, and you remind me that I need to check it out. Thank you for posting!

  4. crbrunelle
    August 17, 2015

    A Path of Stars looks like one I will have to find. Where are my books? is so delightful. 🙂

  5. Tara Smith
    August 17, 2015

    Definitely have to check out Jim’s Lion – sounds like a very special graphic novel.

  6. Kellee Moye (@kelleemoye)
    August 17, 2015

    I cannot wait to read George!
    Thank you for the PB list–I’ve read Rex, but none of the others.

    Happy reading this week! 🙂

  7. carriegelson
    August 17, 2015

    I just read George this week – such a fantastic MG read. I am so impressed! I am also a huge Nana fan.

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