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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 4/16/18

16 Apr

I’m slowly getting back into the groove! I’m really trying to do some higher quality workouts when I’m at the gym which means that I’m not riding a stationary bike and reading a book because although I’m working out, I know I should be doing better. So, I’m back to weight training and starting to get back into running over the past few weeks and as much as I hate it (and I really do), I’m beginning to feel stronger and healthier. Sadly, that means I don’t get a chance to read in the morning too often, so it’s left to the evening and weekends. But, I did get to finish The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani Dasgupta and I also read The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. I read a few short stories from Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill and then I put them aside. I never feel like I’m getting what I should out of short stories – I always feel like I’m in high school English class not quite “getting it” in terms of short stories. I try them every once in a while, but they’re not my favorite format. I’m going to finish up A Possibility of Whales by Karen Rivers today and hope to get a few more books read this week!

Right now, at my desk I’ve got:

  • Forever or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter
  • The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone
  • The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson


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


#blogbookaday: Little Fox In the Forest

1 Feb

30555639.jpgSummary:  “A wordless picture book in which two friends follow a young fox deep into the woods and discover a wondrous and magical world.

When a young girl brings her beloved stuffed fox to the playground, much to her astonishment, a real fox takes off with it! The girl chases the fox into the woods with her friend, the boy, following close behind, but soon the two children lose track of the fox. Wandering deeper and deeper into the forest, they come across a tall hedge with an archway. What do they find on the other side? A marvelous village of miniature stone cottages, tiny treehouses, and, most extraordinary of all, woodland creatures of every shape and size. But where is the little fox? And how will they find him? “(Taken from Goodreads)

Review: With panels similar to that of a graphic novel or comic strip, this wordless picture book packs an imaginative tale of the lengths children will go to find a lost stuffie. Similar in concept to Knufffle Bunny by Mo Willems, this story stands on its own and is a delight to read. Stephanie Graegin does a wonderful job of creating two very different and yet at the same time, similar worlds ensuring kids will understand the difference when the main character travels from a washed out world of gray to a magical forest community filled with color. Although many adults are nervous to read a wordless picture book, this one does such an amazing job of telling the story, you won’t have to wonder what to read next.

Personal Reaction: I loved the way this story took a Wizard of Oz approach to creating two separate worlds with dull gray tones and a bright woodland village filled with creatures. I also liked how a child could relate both to the main character in this story as well as to the little fox who wanted so much for a stuffie to look just like him! This is a sweet story that would work perfectly one-on-one, and of course with your chid’s stuffie tucked in close as well!

Title: Little Fox in the Forest
Author: Stephanie Graegin
Illustrator: Stephanie Graegin
Publisher: Schwartz & Wade Books
Publication Date: February 28, 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!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/25/17

25 Sep

I’m back! I made it safely back to the States last Monday evening and spent the last week catching up on sleep, laundry, emails and work. I’m glad to say that I think I’m starting off this week in a really great place – and that I read far more than I expected over the past few weeks. I’ll share more about my vacation later, but for now…

I was able to complete:

  • Her Book Boyfriend by KR Grace
  • Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • All the Wind In the World by Samantha Mabry
  • The List by Patricia Forde
  • Anne of Green Gables by Mariah Marsden (graphic novel!)
  • Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone
  • Goodnight, Little Bot by Karen Kaufman Orloff, illustrated by Kim Smith
  • Rufus Blasts Off! by Kim T. Griswell, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev
  • Maurice the Unbeastly by Amy Dixon, illustrated by Karl James Mountford
  • Dough Knights and Dragons by Dee Leone, illustrated by George Ermos

There will be a lot of reviews to come, so look for those. Otherwise, I’ve got a few more books I want to read this week, including:

  • Elsie May Has Something to Say by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  • Just Friends by Dyan Sheldon


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

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