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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!


12 Somewhat Scary Stories for Middle Grade Readers

30 Oct

middle grade halloween

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

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