Monday, November 7, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR 11/07/16

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 Week's Posts

    Picture Books

    First Light, First Life: a worldwide creation story (2016) by Paul Fleishman and illustrated by Julie Paschkis. I was so thrilled to hear about this new "sequel" to Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: a worldwide Cinderella. The concept is so powerful - telling the common stories of the world as one, highlighting both commonalities and differences, complemented by the folk art styles of Julie Paschkis. Awe-inspiring.

    The Cat from Hunger Mountain (2016) by Ed Young. This is another incredible picture book offering from master illustrator Ed Young. Done in (torn) paper collage, the illustrations are a fascinating experiment in layering and composition, taking what he started in Wabi Sabi and bringing a little more abstraction and interpretation to it. The story itself is in the style of a legend with a demanding ruler and his constant need to need. Definitely a potential Caldecott contender.

    Every Color (2016) by Erin Eitter Kono. This is a cute little story about a poor polar bear who is frustrated by the white sameness of his world, so he leaves on a voyage of colorful discovery. Overall I liked the idea, and it was interesting to try and follow their journey by the landmarks passed, but some of the color choices made me wonder (why is the Blue Mosque green? why aren't the pyramids yellow?). (Also, something about the cover design of this book really recalled Peter and Paul Reynolds's book Going Places.)

    Leave Me Alone! (2016) by Vera Brosgol. Admit it. We've all been there. In this hilarious picture book, our poor little old lady protagonist faces endless interrupts in her quest for peacefully knitting nirvana. Who interrupts her (and why) will keep readers chuckling through until the end.

    Happy Reading!


    1. These all sound interesting in their own ways. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    2. I love the cover of Paul Fleishman's book. Leave Me Alone! is my kind of book I think. Unfortunately, it isn't yet available from my library.

    3. I love Vera Brosgol (I did a presentation on Anya's Ghost in library school!), and Leave Me Alone! looks hilarious!

    4. Great books! We will definitely have to read Ed Young newest book and First Light, First Life.


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