Monday, April 15, 2013

It's Monday, What Are Your Reading- April 15, 2013

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I enjoyed several great books this week!
Click on the title to go to the book's Goodreads page.

Picture Books

by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah 
and Kelly DiPucchino  Illustrated by Tricia Tusa
Two best friends get in an argument over what the other eats for lunch.  They learn about their cultures by tasting each other's sandwich.  Nice story about friendship and accepting differences.

by Beth Cadena  Illustrated by Frank W. Dormer 
This is a nice story to share with a soon-to-be big sister.  Supersister does great things throughout the day such as reading a story by herself and helping out around the house.  

by Tammi Sauer  Illustrated by Michael Slack
I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of this book in a recent giveaway!  It is the story of best friends, Nugget the fish and Fang the shark.  The two don't realize they are not supposed to be friends until Nugget starts school.  Many of the lesson are about how dangerous sharks are and to avoid them.  Nugget doesn't understand this and tries to defend his friend.  In the end, Shark proves he is helpful and a very good friend indeed. 

by Laurie Halse Anderson  Illustrated by Ard Hoyt
I enjoyed this story of Zoe's hair that has a mind of its own.  Zoe's first grade teacher is trying to show that there are rules in first grade and won't put up with Zoe's hair messing up the room. Finally, her hair becomes helpful during a science lesson and her teacher starts to accept it.  The illustrations are very well done.

Auntie Yang's Great Soybean Picnic
by Ginnie Lo  Illustrated by Beth Lo
A very sweet true story of a wonderful family tradition.  

Early Chapter Books

Rabbit and Robot The Sleepover
by Cece Bell
Adorable story of friendship and compromise.

Bink an Gollie Best Friends Forever
by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee  Illustrated by Tony Fucile
Who doesn't love Bink and Gollie?  In this latest installment, Gollie discovers she is descended from royalty, can their friendship survive?

Graphic Novels

by Jennifer Holm and Matt Holm
This is the 8th Babymouse book.  Babymouse is looking for the perfect pet after yet another one of her fish dies. When she finds a lost dog, she thinks her search is over. This book is entertaining.  It is a short read and I would imagine grades 2-4 enjoying it.

Middle Grade

I finished listening to...

by Gordon Korman
This book is one the 2013-2014 Maine Student Book Award.
I gave it a 4 star rating.  It is the story of Donovan, a miscevious middle schooler who gets sent to the "gifted academy" by accident. It quicky becomes clear that he is a fish out of water.  However, Donovan's sense of humor, laid back attitude and lack of regard for rules is like a breath of fresh air for the academy.  Readers in 4-6 will especially enjoy this book about acceptance, preconceived notions and true friendship. 

Currently Reading

by Megan Frazer Blakemore
Loving it!!

by Kimberly Griffiths Little
Reading aloud with my daughter.

What are you reading friends??

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  1. The Hair of Zoe sounds charming...and Anderson is such a gifted writer. I was disappointed in "Ungifted", though.

    1. I was actually surprised that Halse Anderson had a picture book, who knew?

  2. That's some list, Gigi! I'm impressed.

    The only one on this list I've read is the book about Zoe. The Sandwich Swap sounds very cute. Can't wait to read that one.

  3. Hi there Gigi, like Tara my eye was caught by The Hair of Zoe as well. You have done a lot of reading this week, amazing! I have read a number of conflicting sentiments about Ungifted, and the title itself sounds controversial. Since I haven't read any of Gordon Korman's works (apart from the ones he shared for the 39 clues series), I think I might have to read this one for myself. Enjoy the rest of your reading week!

    1. I actually liked Ungifted, but maybe listening to it is a different experience than reading it. Thanks for stopping by Myra.

  4. Water Castle is everywhere- looks wonderful.
    I also want to read Ungifted as I am a big Korman fan.

    Happy reading this week :)

    1. I guess Ungifted is getting mixed reviews, but I liked the audio. The Water Castle IS everywhere. I met the author in Maine this week. She is a Maine author so everyone is reading it up here. :)

  5. Some wonderful books. I remember having The Hair of Zoe . . . on a list and then never ended up finding it. The search is back on. Love the idea of this book. I am really looking forward to this new Bink and Gollie title. I have a little girl in my class who adores these characters and is convinced the books are written just for her!

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  7. I have Ungifted on my TBR list. Glad to see you liked it!

    Nicole @ Best Kids' Reads