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#blogbookaday: The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse

28 Jan

34002075Summary:  “This is a story about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf.

Early one morning a mouse met a wolf
and was quickly gobbled up.

When a woeful mouse is swallowed by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs, and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it’s pretty nice in there, with delicious food and elegant table settings, courtesy of the wolf’s unchecked gluttony. And there’s something even better: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! In fact, life is pretty good, until a hunter shows up. . . . With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to go down easy.” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: Anytime you pairMac Barnett and Jon Klassen together you come to expect the unexpected and love it every time. A scared little mouse gets gobbled up by a wolf, only to find a friend in the wolf’s belly. The hunter (wolf) soon becomes the hunted and with unexpected help, the animals work together to save each other!

Personal Reaction: I love Klassen and Barnett’s work both independently and together and I’ll be honest, I was not expecting this story and how it flowed, but it felt like an old story, similar to old fables and folklore with a lesson at at the end of it that brings it all together. Of course, when Barnett is writing the story, you’re bound to chuckle, if not laugh out loud and it only gets better with Klassen’s artwork! This is an unpredictable story that is so fun to read!

Title: The Wolf, The Duck & The Mouse
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Jon Klassen
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: October 10, 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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12 Somewhat Scary Stories for Middle Grade Readers

30 Oct

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a scaredy-cat – I don’t like haunted houses, scary movies or even scary books! But I know tons of readers who love books that creep them out, so if that’s something you love – check out these creepy titles for middle grade readers!

  1. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud*
  2. Doll Bones by Holly Black
  3. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz*
  4. The Shadows by Jacqueline West*
  5. Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
  6. Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith
  7. Took by Mary Downing Hahn
  8. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste*
  9. Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty*
  10. Coraline by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean
  11. The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
  12. The Nest by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Jon Klassen

*First in a series!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved During the First Year I Started My Blog

12 Sep

beginning of blog

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging since 2011 and it’s amazing to think that I didn’t have anything in my mind worth sharing with the world. It’s been an awesome journey and one I know that will continue to change as I change and it was fun to look back at what I was reading when I first started this journey!

  1. Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
  2. One for the Murphys by Lyda Mullaly Hunt
  3. Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage
  4. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  5. See You At Harry’s by Jo Knowles
  6. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  7. Almost Home by Joan Bauer
  8. Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
  9. Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud by Andrew Lane
  10. Dear Blue Sky by Mary Sullivan

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Book

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 2/20/17

20 Feb

25203675I didn’t get to quite as many books this week, but I enjoyed the ones I did get to read!  Wish is a sweet story about family and friendship found in unexpected places (and a small spoiler alert – although there is a dog on the cover of the book, the dog does NOT die!) hour of the Bees is a story of magical realism that reminded me a little of The Lightning Queen with stories and folklore woven into the story.  Finally, The Star-Touched Queen was not what I was expecting at all, but in a good way. A fantasy story seeped in Indian folklore – I read the whole thing in one day, I couldn’t put it down!

This week, my plan is to read the other books I didn’t get to last week:

  1. The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  2. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

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Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. It’s the best way to discover what to read next.

Top Ten Tuesday:Ten Underrated/Hidden Gem Books I’ve Read

17 Jan

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  1. Counting Thyme by Melanie Conklin
    A novel about what it’s like to want the best for someone else, but also feeling guilty for wanting something for yourself.
  2. The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
    A historical fiction, mystery novel about the first female detective for the Pinkerton Agency in 1859 – she might even have the chance to save Lincoln’s life!
  3. The Doldrums by Nicholas Gannon
    The perfect book for those looking for adventure in a fun and quirky package!
  4. The Firefly Code by Megan Frazer Blakemore
    Firefly Lane is the perfect utopian society until Ilana moves in, then the kids start asking questions…
  5. The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
    Corinne’s story is rooted in Caribbean folklore – a great story for those who love fracture fairy tales and fairy tales re-done.
  6. Last in a Long Ling of Rebels by Lisa Lewis Tyre
    Lou learns about her family’s past as she tries to save her family’s home from being condemned – a story that doesn’t shy away from slavery, racism and prejudice both in the past and in present time.
  7. The Lightning Queen by Laura Resau
    A story that spans generations – this is a beautiful story of friendship among the most unlikely of people.
  8. Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer
    Randi Rhodes is not only a ninja but also a detective and she’ll need all her wits about her to save the Founder’s Day Festival and her small town.
  9. The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse by Brian Farrey
    Another folktale-esque story of a peasant girl and a princess who are charged with a quest to cure Aon’s sadness, but prevent the fall of monarchy at the same time.
  10. The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers
    Brine Seaborne (best name ever) has a past that she can’t remember, but with the help of an obnoxious apprentice, Peter, some pirates and a little bit of magic, she may discover who her parents are or they’ll be eaten by sea monsters – either one!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created byThe Broke and the Bookish

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