It’s Monday and I’m happy to be participating in a weekly event with a community of bloggers who post reviews of books that they have read the previous week. Check out more IMWAYR posts here: Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers
Toy Boat – Randall de Seve
I love Loren Long’s illustrations so was immediately drawn to this new book. It is the story of a little boy and his beloved homemade toy boat. The boy and his boat are inseparable until a storm comes up and the boat blows away. We then follow the boat as it begins its own adventure alone excited at first to be “free” but encounters some dangerous situations and eventually is reunited with the boy. The illustrations and colors are amazing – I loved the “face” on the boat! This would be a great book for making connections to favorite toys for younger students and but older students may infer that the boy and boat could be a metaphor for a parent and child relationship.
Three Bears in a Boat – David Soman
WOW! I am IN LOVE with this book! And quite a shift from Soman’s previous Ladybug Girl! This story has it all – breathtaking illustrations an epic adventure and a subtle message. Three sibling bears accidently break their mother’s favorite blue seashell. So, rather than telling her, they set off to try to find her a new one. Their search brings them adventure but they cannot find any blue seashells. A rather unpredictable ending but a very forgiving mother makes everything right in the end. A great book for questioning and predicting with a few fun literary devises thrown in for adults! I predict this will be the buzz book of the summer!
Once Upon a Balloon – Bree Galbraith
Last week, I was “gifted” with a brand new picture book written by first time local Vancouver author Bree Galbraith. Bree is graphic designer and a graduate from Emily Carr University. Have you ever wondered where balloons go when they float away? Theo does, when he accidently lets go of the string of his party balloon. His older brother, Zeke, luckily knows everything about the land of lost balloons – they are collected by “Frank” and end up in the windy city of Chicago. After learning about what Frank does, Theo decides to send him a message of thanks. This story is whimsical and imaginative and the illustrations by Isabelle Malenfant are delightful. A great book to celebrate gratitude and acts of kindness.
This is a Moose – Richard T. Morris
The setting of this hilarious story is a movie set where Director Duck is making a documentary about Moose. But the Moose who is staring in the movie does not, in fact, want to be an actor, or a moose – he wants to be an astronaut! Enter Moose’s zany forest friends to help him including a superhero chipmunk a lacrosse-playing grandma! Lots of action, fantastic illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld and great message of following your dreams!
Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep– Barney Saltzberg
This book is adorable! Poor Chengdu! He cannot fall asleep no matter how hard he tries! This book is adorable – and includes innovative, interactive fold out pages with wonderful artwork. A great book for connecting and a perfect book for panda lovers!
Help! We Need a Title! – Herve Tullet
The basic steps in writing a story is the premise of this book as quirky characters are about to go through their day but need help because their story hasn’t been written yet! I really liked how the story was a “work in progress” and the readers interact with the characters to write the book. Clever and cute!
The Boys in the Boat – Daniel James Brown
And now in keeping with my “boat” theme – I am currently reading the nonfiction book The Boys in the Boat. Our book club pick for this month is the true story of University of Washington’s eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal in 1936. I am only about 1/3 of the way through but am loving it! It is the story of undeniable courage and a shared dream that 9 working class boys from the United States had. Many of the stories came from the boys’ diaries and journals and the book includes real photographs. The main focus is Joe Rantz, a teenager without family who is not rowing for glory or fame but to regain his shattered self. This is, by far, one of the best nonfiction books I have read in a long time. Emotional, interesting, inspiring!
Thanks for stopping by! What have you been reading this week!