Last week, I read some wonderful picture books, and one middle grade novel:
Written and illustrated by Deborah Freedman
Mouse wakes up early one morning because he wants to begin writing a book. And frog is more than willing to help him out. The only problem is that they have different ideas about how and what to write. Can they learn to work together so each is happy?
Deborah Freedman brings us another metafiction story. this time about friendship and compromise. For readers age 3+
Written & Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Young readers see for themselves what happens when you plant a seed, whether it is a tomato seed or a carrot seed or a seed of selfishness or one of kindness, it will grow and grow.
Beautifully illustrated, this expressive book gives a new and relatable take on the old Biblical lesson demonstrating how you reap what you sow. For readers age 4+
by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
Remember Won Ton, the shelter cat who found a forever home a few years age? Well, he back, and just as poetic as ever. Told in a series of 17 syllable haikus, Won Ton suffers some sibling rivalry when a new puppy arrives to disrupt his purrrfect life. Will cat and dog ever learn to get along and share the affections of their family?
Once again, Wardlaw captures each sometimes rocky, always emotional step towards acceptance in these haiku. Won Ton and Chopstick is funny, but truthful and a nice read aloud (especially for kids about to become an older sibling). For readers age 4+
Written by A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Emily Gravett
Have you ever wondered what happens to imaginary friends when they aren't being imagined? This very tongue-in-cheek middle grade novel explores that question. After Amanda is hit by a car, Rudger, her imaginary friend, needs to find a way to get back to her before he completely Fades and is gone for good. But, Rudger had started to Fade before the accident, and is also being pursued by the ancient, evil Mr. Bunting who has sold his sold to the devil - for every fading imaginary he consumes, he buys himself more living (?) time.
The story is sufficiently creepy, but not for all kids. If your young readers liked Doll Bones and Coraline, they will probably enjoy The Imagainary. The black and white illustrations, some with a splash of color add to the weirdness.
For readers age 8+
This week, I will be reading the following books:
What are you reading this week?