#blogbookaday: The Book No One Ever Read

17 Jun

The Book No One Ever Read.jpgSummary:  “What if books want to be read as much as we want to read them? This is certainly true of our young hero in The Book No One Ever Read. Morry, a young book, is tired of standing still on a shelf amid dignified first editions, and yearns for the excitement of sharing his story with a child.

The books and illustrations within The Book No One Ever Read pay homage to some of Cornelia Funke’s favorite authors, whose books crowd the shelves of the library the story is set in. Some of the writers included are Toni Morrison, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jane Austen, Victor Hugo, Shel Silverstein, Frank L. Baum, and many others. The inspiration for Morry is Maurice Sendak, author of Where The Wild Things Are.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A young book named Morry wants to be loved by a reader, but all the other books on the shelves try to convince him that bent corners, sticky fingers, and ripped spines is not the way to go. But Morry’s not convinced and when he’s given a little bump to find his own reader, he takes the chance and finds the love that he’s looking for.

Personal Reaction: A story for readers and lovers of books, this is Cornelia’s ode to the books that shaped her as a reader and writer. This is definitely a book for book lovers and a great perspective of how books need readers, just as much as readers need books. A perfect gift for the reader in your world.

Title: The Book No One Ever Read
Author: Cornelia Funke
Illustrator: Cornelia Fune
Publisher: Breathing Books
Publication Date: May 14, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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#blogbookaday: Hooked

16 Jun

Hooked.jpgSummary:  “A boy and his dad discover all they have in common on a fishing trip in Hooked, a sweet picture book about father-son bonding by Tommy Greenwald with illustrations by David McPhail.

Joe loves fishing. He loves watching the water and looking at the sky, he loves the peacefulness, and he especially loves dreaming about catching the Big One.

Joe’s dad does not love fishing. He doesn’t like the waiting, or the worms, or the fact that nothing much happens.

But when Joe needs a parental chaperone for an ice-fishing field trip, his dad agrees to go along. And when the waiting turns into talking, exchanging jokes, and sharing hot chocolate, Joe’s dad discovers something unexpected.

He doesn’t just like fishing with Joe―he loves it.

You could even say he’s hooked.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Joe loved fishing, but his dad did not. When Joe needs a chaperone for an ice fishing trip, he’s able to finally convince his dad to come with him just this once. Soon, the two begin talking and sharing and even though they don’t catch a fish, they catch something even better – a hobby they both love to share.

Personal Reaction: I was surprised at how much Joe’s father refused to participate in something his son loved to do, until he finally agreed to give it a chance. This is a great lesson for kids – try new things with an open mind, you never know when you might find something you love. David McPhail’s illustrations have an old-fashioned feel that give his story staying power, but I wonder if kids are not going to be as excited to pick it up with the muted colors and old-fashioned, quiet storyline. But on the other hand, I can see this being the perfect story for Father’s Day this weekend!

Title: Hooked
Author: Tommy Greenwald
Illustrator: David McPhail
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: January 9, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

#blogbookaday: The Field

15 Jun

The Field.jpgSummary:  ““Vini! Come! The field calls!” cries a girl as she and her younger brother rouse their community—family, friends, and the local fruit vendor—for a pickup soccer (futbol) game. Boys and girls, young and old, players and spectators come running—bearing balls, shoes, goals, and a love of the sport.

“Friends versus friends” teams are formed, the field is cleared of cows, and the game begins! But will a tropical rainstorm threaten their plans?” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: A young girl and her brother gather friends and neighbors to play a game of fútbol. People help clear the field of animals, construct a goal and bring a few soccer balls for a pickup game with friends. The soccer players battle difficult field conditions, a tropical rainstorm and moms calling their players home, and spend a delightful afternoon running, splashing and kicking the ball up and down the field.

Personal Reaction: I spent many a Sunday afternoon watching my brothers play soccer, so this book feels so familiar to me! When I opened the book I was thrown off for a second with the Creole words sprinkled through the text, but I loved the authenticity it lent to the story and how many families I know who come to the library speak a mix of English and their first language. This is a beautiful story that kids will be able to connect with as so many are familiar with the international game of fútbol. Plus, with the World Cup starting, this is the perfect story to share with your family fo fans!

Title: The Field
Author: Baptiste Paul
Illustrator: Jacqueline Alcántara
Publisher: NorthSouth Books
Publication Date: March 6, 2018


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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