It's Monday! What are you reading? was started by Sheila at Book Journey and was adapted for children's books from picture books through YA by Jen of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers. You can visit either site for a round up of blogs sharing their weekly readings and thoughts or search Twitter for #IMWAYR.
Last Weeks' Posts
- April Poetry Book Madness! April has ended, which means our winner has been decided ... !
- Book Club: Walk Two Moons. This is one of my all-time favorite books, and it makes an excellent book for discussions. The post also includes major topics covered in the book and suggested page breakdowns.
- May on the Logonauts. This is a new, monthly feature where I highlight posts published in a given month during previous years.
- Join the Diverse Children's Book Linkup! There's still time to stop by and check out this brand-new book meme featuring books for children that showcase the diversity of our world.
Where's the Elephant? (2016) by Barroux. This book puts an environmental twist on your average "seek-and-find" style of book. The elephant and his companions become easier and easier to find as their habitat diminishes. The author's note explains how he was inspired by the destruction of the Brazilian rain forest. So, then why an elephant? Maybe this is supposed to be a "universal" story, but there are no elephants in the Brazilian rain forest, plus these stylized trees look like a deciduous forest from the north woods of the US or Canada. Weird.
The Honest Truth (2015) by Dan Gemeinhart. I had heard many good things about this book, so I will admit to being disappointed. The character and his plight did not draw me in, nor could I understand his (or his friend's) justifications for their actions. A story like The Fault in Our Stars does so much to draw you into the characters and their impending cancers, but this story attempts to do that telling more in flashback, which seemed too little too late. I'd be interested in hearing from others who had more positive reactions.