It has been an incredible reading week. My highly competitive nature kicked up a notch when summer throwdown began. Thanks to Teach Mentor Texts for hosting this each week! I’ll keep it short here…
Graphic Novels / Comics
Babymouse: I continued my quest to read them all! Love love love the geeky references!
Cupcake Tycoon Skater Girl Mad Scientist
Queen of the World Dragonslayer Monster Mash
Lunch Lady – I read 2 - the summer camp shakedown & the bake sale bandit Fun tales, silly stories. Dee still annoys me a lot, though.
Flying Beaver Brothers – I read two. Evil Penguin Plan and Fishy Business. Cute and silly, but not on my favorite list.
Rapunzel’s Revenge – Loved it! I’ve always harbored a secret desire to write a story for Gothel. I found this reignited my curiosity about her character.
Early Chapter Books
Marty McGuire Digs Worms! – Messner. Wow, this was wonderful! Move it to the top of your list, pronto.
Starring Grace – by Mary Hoffman. This one was sweet, but didn’t make me jump up and sing.
Bink and Gollie – Adored this! Love these girls and the illustrations are wonderful. Is this a picture book? Really early chapter book?
Me… Jane. – Wonderful. Very quick and easy read, but the pictures were fabulous.
Lions of Little Rock. Go forth and read this book – at once. Amazing characters, wonderful writing, gripping story.
The One and Only Ivan – I started this book on Sunday afternoon and didn’t expect to finish it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down.
Science Fiction (visit my SciFi Summer post from yesterday for more details on these and the ones from last week. I give ideas on science concepts covered, historical tie ins, and the kinds of “what if” and “wonder” questions they could inspire.)
Fahrenheit 451 (Kathy and I discussed this one at length in our weekly Batty About Books posts)
The Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 – I really enjoyed this one.
Black Hole Sun – This was a keeper. I kept saying, “I want to read just one more chapter” even as my eyes started to close.
Daniel Boone – YAWN. Read like a high school paper on Boone instead of the exciting story it could have been. Unlike Black Hole Sun, I kept saying, “come on, Maria… you can make it through… just one more chapter and you can take a break.”