Monday, July 23, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 7/23/12

Jen and Kellee host a weekly meme called "What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA." It encourages you to share what you read during the previous week and to plan what you're going to read/review during the current week. Thank you, Kelly and Jen, for hosting this fun meme.

Ivan, Donna, and I hit the open road at 5:30 a.m. You can follow our travels at and here on Watch. Connect. Read. We better get this show on the road because I still have a LONG to-do list that will not take care of itself.

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka. Random House, 2011.

Chris Raschka's seventeen-year-old son created the book trailer for A Ball for Daisy. It inspired me to re-read his father's award-winning wordless picture book.

Thanks to Betsy Bird for the link.

Olympig! by Victoria Jamieson. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012.

I'm extra fond of a picture book that does not wait until after the title page to entertain me. Boomer's story starts in the front matter.

Here's what I learned before page 5:

1. Boomer will become the first pig to ever compete in the Animal Olympics.

2. Brent Hamstring is a crabby reporter.

3. Boomer has a reputation for being "terrifically weird!"

4. Mama Pig is a delightful sow who knits shiny outfits for her son. (I'm convinced she was
ABBA's costume designer.)

5. It has the subject headings athletes, Olympic games, pigs, reporters and reporting, self-confidence, and humorous stories.

This Monster Needs a Haircut by Bethany Barton. Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012.

Place the latest Babymouse volume on my desk and I will quickly flip it over to read the blurbs printed on the back. There is always a hilarious comment from someone in Babymouse's life: a teacher, a parent, a classmate. This Monster Needs a Haircut successfully uses the same idea. There are two clever comments on the jacket:

"ROAR!" -Albert Scareburg, Monster

"Page 19 is my favorite part." -Grimington Grime, Monster on Page 19

Clementine and the Family Meeting by Sara Pennypacker

True (...Sort Of) by Katherine Hannigan


  1. I'll have to check out Olympig! since my fave bookstore has a display of it on their front window and it's timely. Safe and happy travels!

  2. My 3yo and I read A Ball for Daisy over and over again. And now I love that the trailer is created by his own son. I'm going to check out Olympig. A timely read!