Sunday, September 1, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?- September 2, 2013

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Being back at school, I did not get much reading done.  
Here is what I managed to get through.

The Invisible Boy 
by Trudy Ludwig
Release date: October 8, 2013 
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Picture book
40 Pages
Disclaimer: I received a digital copy from 
Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts. 
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Brian is an "invisible" boy.  No, not invisible in the sense that he cannot be seen, but invisible in the sense that no one seems to notice him.  He is quiet and shy and his teacher and classmates just seem to overlook him. He is not picked for recess teams or classroom groups.  Then one day a new student named Justin arrives at school.  After other make fun of Justin's lunch, Brian makes Justin feel welcome and accepted and soon the two are friends. Having one friend starts to change things for Brian, maybe he isn't so invisible after all. 
The illustrations are terrific.  I love the symbolism of how the illustrator portrays Brian in black and white and everything else in color.  
This book would make a great mentor text for a discussion about making everyone feel accepted.  It also serves as a reminder for teachers to make sure we try to give adequate attention to all of our students. 

Zero Tolerance
by Claudia Mills
I will be reviewing this book as part of a blog hop on September 11, please check back. 

Currently Reading

I am only a few pages into this book and it is AMAZING already!

Currently Listening

What's Next?
I was going to read The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, but I have put it on hold because a book I requested from the library arrived.

What Are You Reading Friends?

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  1. I am reading Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos and loving it! It has made me laugh out loud several times. One I will add to my personal collection!

    1. That is one of my favorites also, but I got the audio which is read by Jack Gantos. He is so funny!

    2. I bet it was amazing read by him! I might have to look into that!

  2. All your books look good, Gigi. I re-read Atwell books every chance I get-The Reading Zone is really good. Thanks for telling about The Invisible Boy-soon out!

  3. I agree. Since school started back, reading time has decreased. I'm hoping September improves! I've got to get The Reading Zone for my teachers. It sounds great.
    Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

  4. Oh wow, these are unfamiliar titles to me Gigi, so thank you so much for sharing. The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp sounds like a book I'd love. The Invisible Boy also looks really cute. Have a great reading week ahead of you!

  5. I loved True Blue Scouts - I bet it would be good on audio too.

    I remember how the first Nancy Atwell book I read rocked my world back in the day. Thanks for letting me know about The Reading Zone.

  6. I love Trudy Ludwig. Shall try to get an ARC as well, glad you enjoyed it!!

  7. How is True Blue Scouts on audio? I really enjoyed it in paper form. I heard a snippet of Lyle Lovett reading it, which sounded pretty good. I can't wait to read the Invisible Boy. Trudy came to do a teacher in-service at our school and also did a session with us parents, which was super interesting. Hero's Guide will be well worth the wait--so much fun. Enjoy your week!

  8. I can't wait to read this new Trudy Ludwig book. She is just masterful in handling so many emotions and issues in well done picture books. I am hearing great things about True Blue Scouts. I should read it - I really struggled with The Underneath but I know she is such a great author.

  9. I am going to request viewing The Invisible Boy too. That sounds like a good match for my taste. Thanks for sharing it.

  10. Hi there Gigi, the Invisible Boy looks so cute. Sounds like something I'd truly enjoy. Have fun with Kathi Appelt's audio book! Have a great reading week ahead of you.

  11. I love the cover of The Invisible Boy! LOVED Lyle Lovett's voice, don't you?!