It’s Monday!What Are You Reading? #imwayr 7/3/17



We listened to Chomp as we drove cross-country from South Dakota to Oregon last week, and it made for an excellent audiobook. Frequently laugh-out-loud funny, finely crafted, and full of interesting commentary on environmental issues and “reality” TV. We are in the car ALL THE TIME but never listen to audiobooks anymore. I’m hoping that my son’s pleasure in Chomp will spark a desire to start listening to stories again. I’ve downloaded Hoot and Flush for our trip home next week.

bob not bob

A very funny picture book about a sick boy who only wants his mom, but thanks to a very stuffy nose, every time he calls “Mom!” it sounds like he is calling “Bob!”–the dog. Bob valiantly shows up again and again–even though he’s not really wanted. I didn’t read this one aloud but suspect it probably shines best as a read-aloud.

journey that saved curious george

The Journey That Saved Curious George is the fascinating story of Margret and H.A. Rey’s wartime escape on bicycle from the Nazi invasion of Paris. I knew nothing about the Reys before reading this book, and they’re an interesting couple. Borden’s writing is clear and thoughtful, and her use of white space breaks up what would otherwise look like very text-heavy pages. Allan Drummond’s illustrations are terrific: the whole book looks like a travel journal or scrapbook with illustrations, photos, ticket stubs, etc.

happy dreamer

Happy Dreamer is the type of Peter Reynolds book that doesn’t work as well for me. I appreciate the message about being a dreamer and holding onto your dreams, but without a specific character and narrative (as we see in Ish and The Dot, still my favorite Reynolds’s books), there isn’t enough for me as a reader to hold onto.

moto and me

Moto and Me is a splendid nonfiction account of the months that writer and photographer Suzi Eszterhas spent as a foster mom to an abandoned serval kitten she named Moto. The photos are remarkable, of course, and the information about servals and wildlife rescue is so interesting. Eszterhas is so good at writing nonfiction that is comprehensible to the youngest readers while also engaging adults–not an easy feat.

good for nothing button

Another winner from Mo Willems’s Elephant & Piggie Like Reading series. Really needs to be read aloud to be fully appreciated, I think.

way home in night

Akiko Miyakoshi’s The Way Home in the Night is a beautiful book–gorgeous illustrations and a quietly resonant story about a sleepy little bunny who observes the houses and people she passes on her way home and wonders about their lives.





10 responses to “It’s Monday!What Are You Reading? #imwayr 7/3/17”

  1. lindabaie Avatar

    I loved the ‘button’ book, but The Way Home In The Night is one I read over and over again. What a lovely book. Hope you’re having a great time in Oregon!

  2. Lisa Maucione (@DrLMaucione) Avatar

    I have had The Journey That Saved Curious George for quite a bit, but have not yet read it. I think I got it at NCTE. I’ll have to make sure I get to it. I love the Mo Willem’s series. It makes me feel a little better now that he’s not writing any more Elephant and Piggie books.

  3. cweichel Avatar

    I just put holds on The Journey That Saved Curious George and The Way Home in the Night. Unfortunately, Moto and Me isn’t available at my library. I loved all of those Hiaasen titles and they were very popular at our school!

  4. Beth Shaum (@BethShaum) Avatar

    Yes! I adored Chomp as an audiobook! And Bob, Not Bob was too funny! Loved it! 🙂

  5. The Logonauts (@thelogonauts) Avatar

    Hooray for audio books! I’m trying to figure out what I want to listen to on the drive to/from Nerd Camp next week.

  6. Karen Yingling Avatar

    I thought it was fascinating how the Rey’s built their own bicycle! Great bunch of books!

  7. aaroncleaveley Avatar

    Some great read aloud suggestions, and I also appreciated your comments on Happy Dreamer!

  8. Michele Avatar

    I’ve had trouble finding Moto and Me. It’s one that I need to check out before I purchase, may be too high level for some of my readers, but I really like the author’s work!
    I have Curious George at home. That’s one I still need to read!

  9. Myra GB Avatar

    I am in awe of Akiko Miyakoshi’s picturebooks and often booktalk them to teachers. The Way Home in the Night is definitely a must-find for me. I like how soft, gentle, and reflective her art can be.

  10. Akilah Avatar

    Sometimes it just takes one audiobook to get me back into the groove. I’m currently on a brain hiatus now so even the thought of an audiobook makes me tired.

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