It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 2/15/16


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bird and squirrel on the edge

I wasn’t sure how James Burks would be able to sustain the clever in Bird & Squirrel, but so far, he’s having no problem at all. On the Edge!, the third volume in the series, has a comical twist: Bird loses his memory and when he comes to, he’s even more of a scaredy cat than Squirrel. So it’s up to poor Squirrel to save both of them as well as the baby bear they’ve somehow managed to pick up along the way. Fine pacing, smart dialogue, plenty of action and adventure, plus really pretty illustrations=another winner.

worm loves worm

I read Worm Loves Worm aloud to my Children’s Lit class for our Valentine’s book this week, and it’s such a delight. There’s plenty to amuse both the child and grown-up reader as every attempt to get married is interrupted by friends who have suggestions for how the wedding needs to happen. This is how it’s always been done, the friends keep insisting. Well, we’ll just change how things are done, the Worms decide. Exactly as it should be. Marriage equality for all!

ally hughes has sex sometimes

Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes was highly recommended on one of the Book Riot podcasts I really like, and I decided to try it. I’m planning to do a little reading outside my wheelhouse this year, and this book definitely qualifies. It’s contemporary fiction for grown-ups, but it’s not literary fiction (though it’s not un-literary either). It’s kind of a romance novel but not exactly. The most apt description is probably chick lit. I’ve always found that to be a stupid descriptor, but “chick lit” it is. It’s breezy, fast-paced, entertaining, and well-written at the sentence level which counts for a lot. Believable? Nope. I mean, the 21-year-old student college professor Ally Hughes has sex with CRIES after sex. But if you can overlook some unlikely character development and plotting, it’s an enjoyable read. And it does have more on its mind than just the fling between Ally and Jake: the mothering and daughtering subplots are strong and actually quite believable.






10 responses to “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 2/15/16”

  1. Beth Shaum (@BethShaum) Avatar

    I haven’t put Worm Loves Worm on my to-read list, but I’ve been seeing it all over the place lately so I’m thinking I probably need to.

  2. kelseyempfield Avatar

    I saw Mike Curato present at Ncte which led me to read Little Eliot, a great picture book. I’m sure Worm Loves Worm is also wonderful!

  3. Akilah Avatar

    Worm Loves Worm sounds adorable. Verily.

    I’m trying to read outside of my regular wheelhouse. It’s…not going well so far.

  4. The Logonauts (@thelogonauts) Avatar

    My students like Worm Loves Worm a lot too – it’s one they always try to get others to read. An interesting sideways-way of getting at some big issues!

  5. Linda Baie Avatar

    I liked the first two very much, love the amazing ability the illustrators have to show such expressions on the faces. Squirrels might be a bit easier, but worms! Love that you’ve trying something out of the regular, and chick lit it might be names, but if you like it, that’s okay.

  6. Michele Avatar

    The Bird and Squirrel series has become one that I preorder without questioning!

  7. Michele Avatar

    He had me at crud in my crevices….

  8. Myra GB Avatar

    Worm Loves Worm sounds like a book I must find in our library and soon! 🙂 Great to see how you’ve been reading outside of your ‘reading zone’ hehe – would like to try the same thing myself this year.

  9. carriegelson Avatar

    Worm Loves Worm is just fantastic. I love how it keeps being pulled off the shelf for kids to read and reread again and again. Led to some very interesting conversations in my room about “what’s allowed” to do with marriage.

  10. Gigi McAllister Avatar

    My students LOVE the Bird and Squirrel books! I just requested Worm Loves Worm from my library. Thanks for sharing these!

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