Monday, October 14, 2013

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? 10/14/13

It's been quite a while since I've done an IMWAYR post (or a post of any kind, actually).  I'd feel bad about that, but I'm not going to.  There is a season for everything, and apparently the six weeks of school is not a season for blogging.  Today I am enjoying the last day of my beautiful three-day weekend, which means a little extra sleep, time to read, and Pete the Cat singalongs and plastic pizza cook-offs in our pajamas this morning.

Although it's been quite busy around here lately, I have had some time to sneak in a few books here and there.  I'm linking up with Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Reader for this post today.
Here are some of my favorites from the last few weeks.

I listened to Jennifer Nielsen's The False Prince on audiobook, and I really enjoyed it.  The narrator was just right for Sage, the cocky and infuriating main character.  I really enjoyed the plot twists and it was hard to get out of the car in some parts because I wanted to keep listening.  Right now I'm reading the second book in the trilogy, The Runaway King.  I had a hard time putting it down last night.

This is a cool picture book.  I'm not generally a huge fan of Raschka's illustrations, although I love to use A Ball for Daisy with my students.  This one reminds me a little bit of Marla Frazee's Walk On and others like that.  I didn't love the illustrations,  but the story and the message made it worth reading.  It's a great book for encouraging persistence and determination in pursuit of a goal.

Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow is a really neat book that a friend recommended.  The illustrations are terrific, and I love how only the leaves on each page are in full color.  The story is a nice rhyming story about walking through the woods in the fall, and on each page, Snow highlights a different kind of leaf.  This is a great one to add to your fall collection, especially if your backyard is as colorful as mine is right now.
I have been looking forward to Ame Dyckman's new book for a few months now.  Tea Party Rules is about a cub who desperately wants cookies and will do ALMOST anything to get some at this tea party.  K. G. Campbell's illustrations are hysterical.  When I shared the book with my students, we had to take a second look at the illustrations with the document camera.  The emotions that he is able to convey in the characters' expressions are perfect.

My class flipped for Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown.  This is such a very cool book.  The story is terrific, the illustrations are terrific, and even the design of the book jacket and cover is terrific.  This was voted our Room 11 Book Pick of the Week for this week by a wide margin.

There's not a lot I can say about The Real Boy that hasn't already been said.  I absolutely loved it.  I wanted to rush through it and savor it at the same time.  I love Oscar and Callie and their friendship.  I love how Anne Ursu developed her magical fantasy world and the plot twists and turns in the story.  I waited to read this book for a very long time and I was afraid that it wouldn't live up to the hype, but it did and then some.  This is my favorite 2013 book so far.

I'm hoping to finish The Runaway King this weekend and start on The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes.  I'm also reading Celebrating Writers: From Possibilities to Publication by Ruth Ayres (free preview right now at Stenhouse).  What are you reading?


  1. I zoomed through The False Prince but haven't read The Runaway King yet. I'm saving it for a reading slump! Thanks for the heads-up on Ruth Ayres's book--love how Stenhouse offers free previews of their new books. I'd been curious about that one. I am currently trying to figure out the syllabus for a contemporary lit course I'm teaching next semester, so I'm reading a bunch of books about grown-ups and kind of finding them boring compared to my usual fare of children's and YA! Looking forward to your thoughts on Billy Miller. Everyone seems to love it, but so far it's a meh for me. (I'm about 1/3 through).

  2. Hurray for Mr Tiger Goes Wild! Thrilled that your class loved it so much. We also listed to The False Prince on audio as a family and then I read aloud The Runaway King. As a family we got to see Jennifer Nielsen when she came to Vancouver and she signed our books! She is a really down to earth author. I can't wait to read The Real Boy I read Breadcrumbs to my children one winter and we all loved it.

  3. Good list and I am going to hunt down "Tea Party Rules". I love books with the artwork that makes you go back and really...really look. Thanks, ~ linda

  4. Great books Kate! I also loved The False Prince, The Real Boy and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. I will need to look for Dyckman's her work.

  5. Fantastic books! I love Nielsen's series and who can deny how awesome The Real Boy was? Have a great reading week!

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