This week on my blog:
- A round-up of interesting online reading
- A celebration of birthday cake, small-town parades, demolition derbies, fireworks, and small sweet moments
- A review of two picture book sports biographies
- The #MustReadin2014 Summer Check-in
- A brief slice about what’s hard about being an adoptive mom
I had a very strange reading week. I didn’t read. Well, that’s not strictly true. I read to my son every day. But there were four days last week when I did not actually pick up a book to read by myself. I don’t know what I was doing with my time–it wasn’t parenting or gardening or writing or exercising or working. This week, I am determined to get my reading mojo back. I’ve started the next book from my #MustReading2014 list, The Raven Boys, and so far it’s very good.
My son and I read:
We continue to enjoy Suzanne Selfors’s Imaginary Veterinary series, though I thought The Rain Dragon Rescue was a bit weaker than the other two books. My son is very excited about the publication of the fourth book in the series at the end of July. I would have pre-ordered it on Amazon, but this series is published by Hachette, and so Amazon is not carrying it as a pre-order. Such incredibly poor customer service…. So I will be purchasing from Powell’s. Which will make our cat, Abby, very happy. Because Powell’s book boxes are her favorites. I don’t know what makes them so much better than other boxes, but she shows a very clear preference.
My favorite picture book of the week was probably Rukhsana Khan’s Big Red Lollipop, exquisitely illustrated by the always amazing Sophie Blackall. We have a lot of sibling issues at our house, and so my son (the older sibling) was riveted to this story of an older sister who is forced to share with and to include her little sister when she doesn’t want to. Rubina is invited to a friend’s birthday party, but her mother insists that she can only go if she brings her little sister along. Sana doesn’t behave well, and Rubina knows that she won’t be invited to any more birthday parties for awhile. The conclusion is especially nuanced and rich. Cultural identity and difference also play an important role in this story, as Rubina’s family comes from Pakistan, and Rubina’s understanding of Canadian cultural norms differs from her mother’s beliefs.
More Mr Putter and Tabby! Make a Wish was especially lovely.
I read Shaun Tan’s Rules of Summer three times this week: once to myself, once with my husband, and once with my son. I love Shaun Tan’s work, but I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Rules of Summer. I will say this: it passed the kid test with flying colors. My son was confused, mystified, intrigued, and fully engaged as we read it. When he saw the last spread, his face lit up. “Oh! This is a book about imagination!” Okay then. I also think this story makes a very different kind of sense when you read the book flap, which I usually don’t.
I was so excited to find a new Carter Goodrich book at the library. Zorro Gets an Outfit is one of my all-time favorite picture books. Mister Bud Wears the Cone was really funny and had some interesting friendship dynamics to explore, as Zorro teases Mister Bud but gets his comeuppance at the end.
We also read several interesting nonfiction picture books this week, which I will write about in more detail on Wednesday:
Nerdbery Challenge: 0/12 books
#MustReadin2014: 8/15 books
YA Shelf of Shame Challenge: 5/12 books
Professional Development Reading Goal: 3/12 books
Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 61/100 books
Picture Book Reading Goal: 360/350 books
Chapter Book & Middle-Grade Reading Goal: 42/100 books
YA Lit Reading Goal: 27/60 books
Latin@s in Kidlit Challenge: 20/12 books
Number of Books Total (not counting picture books): 98/200