It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 6/18/18


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An odd little book that I really liked. Bob is a green creature dressed in a chicken suit who has been hiding out in a closet for five years, waiting for his friend Livy to return and help him find his way home. Livy feels like there was something she forgot when she last visited her grandmother’s house in Australia, but she just can’t remember. Of course it was Bob she’d forgotten. A satisfying story of friendship, with some magic and bookish love thrown in.

all summer long

Hope Larson’s All Summer Long is a perfect middle-grade graphic novel that I can’t wait to put in the hands of my many students who are obsessed with Roller Girl, This One Summer, Sunny Side Up, and everything Raina Telgemeier. Bina and her best friend, Austin, have always spent their summers together having fun, but this summer, Austin is off to soccer camp and besides, he’s been acting distant. All Summer Long is the story of how Bina fills that long summer without Austin. It’s one of those books where not much happens, and yet everything happens. Perfectly paced, with a very satisfying ending.

backyard fairies

Backyard Fairies is one of those rare rhyming books that absolutely worked for me. A young girl is certain fairies exist and she keeps finding little bits of evidence, and yet…. she can’t find the elusive creatures when she goes to look. The fun for the reader is that we can spot the fairies, who are busy in every illustration doing their little fairy things.

i got it

I Got It! was not as memorable for me as Wiesner’s other magical books, but still, the art is magnificent and the whole concept really strong. Baseball is the only sport I don’t really like, but Wiesner’s imaginative depiction of what might happen as a child tries to catch a ball makes me think baseball might almost be interesting.

alma and how she got her name

Alma and How She Got Her Name is just as wonderful as I was hoping for it to be. A book I really want to own and use as a mentor text in my writing classes.


I appreciated Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten for introducing me to a musician I’d never heard of before (the back matter is especially informative).  The illustrations are also lovely.

maurice the unbeastly

Maurice the Unbeastly is the sweet story of a dainty beast whose preference for soft speaking, vegetables and good manners makes it hard for him to fit in with other beasts. Of course it turns out that being different is good and that Maurice has his own special gifts that help the other beasts. Not a surprising message, but there is some very funny writing and some very funny illustrations to go along with the lesson.





11 responses to “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr 6/18/18”

  1. Beth Shaum (@BethShaum) Avatar

    Thanks for sharing the book Libba. I’ve never heard of her before either so I’m looking forward to checking that book out.

  2. Shaye Miller Avatar

    I agree on Bob being “an odd little book” — very unusual, but satisfying! I bet my youngest would love Backyard Fairies. I can just imagine her excitement at finding the hidden fairies! I keep seeing All Summer Long and wondering if I should grab it. I like what you said here: “not much happens, and yet everything happens” I totally get this and love it when an author can give us that experience even in a semi-mundane season of life.

  3. lindabaie Avatar

    I enjoyed Bob very much, such a quirky little book that surprised. I have the others on my list, and will look for All Summer Long. I’ve enjoyed the other graphic novels too. I love Alma and I Got It. Though I like baseball, it’s not a favorite either. I often had my students research their names and write about them, wish I had had Alma then. There are other lovely name books, too that I always liked. Thanks, Elisabeth.

  4. Akilah Avatar

    “makes me think baseball might almost be interesting” — hahahahaha

    I’m excited to read All Summer Long! It sounds right in my wheelhouse.

  5. Ricki Ginsberg Avatar

    I just finished Bob last night and loved it. The ending brought it together in a magical way. I am glad to hear that you liked it, too. “Odd little book” is a fantastic description of it.

  6. cweichel Avatar

    First off I was green with envy that you have read Bob. Then after reading about All Summer Long, and that you compared it to Roller Girl, I knew I had to have this one too. Since I am now listening to Granted, I am especially looking forward to Backyard Fairies!

  7. Michele Avatar

    Something about Bob did not resonate with me. Not sure why…
    But LOVED All Summer Long. It’s a bit old for my students so I passed it along to another teacher. I know it will have many readers!

  8. Tammy and Clare Avatar

    Bob is on out TBR list – It is so good to have more accessible fantasy for middle-grade readers. I am hoping I love it. Thanks for telling us about Erin Entrada Kelly’s other books. I love how you save books by a favorite author so you still have one to read. On another note, have you see this video with Juana Martinez about Alma?

  9. aaroncleaveley Avatar

    I am also jealous of all the people that have Bob. I really loved Roller Girl so your comparison and a few of the other people who have mentioned All Summer Long lately will have me looking for that over the summer. You have lots of great picture books this week as well. Thanks for the post!

  10. Kellee Moye Avatar

    I loved All Summer Long also! I actually felt like it seemed a bit older than some of the other popular graphic novels, but not YA, so my middle schoolers are going to really connect with them. Bob is on a list of books I hope to get to soon–and you calling it odd makes me want to read it even more 🙂

    Happy reading this week!

  11. Myra GB Avatar

    Alma and Libba are two picturebooks that are already on my radar – but still not in our local libraries, unfortunately. All Summer Long sounds perfect for those of you enjoying summer! Plus, Hope Larson is brilliant – I love how her sequential art that never gets too confusing or visually overwhelming. 🙂

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