Max Attacks by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by Penelope Dullaghan - book review & teaching ideas
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Nighttime Symphony by Timbaland with art by Christopher Myers and Kaa Illustration - mini book review
As a little boy gets ready for bed, the sounds of a wild storm echo around him, lulling him to sleep. From the crash of thunder to the pitter-patter of raindrops to the beat of passing cars, the music of the city creates a cozy bedtime soundtrack."
My Two Cents:
Nighttime Symphony is more than another sweet, lyrical bedtime story, it is an ode to fatherhood.
If I Was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano and illustrated by Loren Long
Through clever, thought-provoking verse and warmly evocative art, New York Times bestsellers Julie Fogliano and Loren Long explore the awe-inspiring nature of relationships, love, and connection."
My Two Cents: If I Was the Sunshine is one of those books that begs you to pick it up. The typography, the pastel colors, the title…. All done with an artistic swoosh that begs you to grab it. That’s what I did as soon as my library acquired it. And, I am glad.
Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles - mini book review
My Two Cents: Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles is a solidly written realistic tale told from the viewpoint of a young girl struggling to figure out her own sexuality against the backdrop of her parent’s financial struggle. Typical middle grade feelings , worries, and even some joys fill the pages. Many tweens will find this a good read and appreciate the writer's firm grasp of middle grade concerns. Where the Heart Is is rightfully getting lots of good bibliophile buzz.
Fergus and Zeke at the Science Fair by Kate Messner and illustrated by Heather Ross
My Two Cents: Fergus and Zeke at the Science Fair is a cute second in series book about two anthropomorphized classroom mice with lots of personality. I did not read the first in the series, Fergus and Zeke, but Kate Messner books are always a treat so I can imagine why there is sequel.
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