Kellee Moye, of Unleashing Readers, and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts, decided to give Kathryn’s (at Book Date) “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?” meme a kidlit focus, reviewing books in children’s literature (picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, or anything in the world of kidlit). If you enjoy this type of reading, join us every Monday!
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
October 31st 2017
I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book! Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow is the first book in a new series which follows Morrigan, a 10 year old who is scheduled to die on her 11th birthday. Morrigan is considered a cursed child because she was born on Eventide, a very unlucky day in her world. Due to an unexpected turn of events, she’s whisked away to Nevermoor by her patron, Jupiter North, where she must face four difficult and dangerous trials in hopes of being admitted into the Wundrous Society where she would be safe from her doomed fate. The story is smart and witty and honestly one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve had so far, this year. The day I finished it I pre-ordered the second book (Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow), which will be released in October. TIDBIT: The plan is for this to be a nine-book series. Twentieth Century Fox purchased the movie rights and Drew Goddard is writing the movie adaptation of Nevermoor. Several publishing houses fought hard for the English-language rights to Nevermoor, but Amelia Lush was the first bookseller in the country to receive and read the Nevermoor manuscript. In the Sydney Morning Herald, she’s quoted as saying, “I am not prone to hyperbole, nor do I pay much attention to publisher hype — and as you can imagine, the Harry Potter comparison is oft-used and has little impact these days. Nevermoor is definitely one of, if not the most worthy, cases for such a claim.” With Nevermoor, Jessica Townsend has already won the Book of the Year for Younger Children (ages 7-13), the The Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, and the Gold ABIA for Book of the Year.
August 29th 2017
This is the second book in the Track series and it follows Patina “Patty” (who was introduced in Ghost). The book begins with Patty having gotten second place in a race. Second is the same as not-first, so she’s pretty upset with herself and fails to support her team. For the remainder of the book she’s slowly learning about being part of a team effort, both in life and in track. This is a great addition Reynold’s track series. I went to check the three local library options I have and, much to my surprise, NO ONE has ordered Sunny yet. Boo! So I guess I need to put in a request.
April 10, 2018
I was so excited to finally get to see this book for myself. My father and uncle were both in the Coast Guard and so my family always kinda had a thing for lighthouses. The story follows an unnamed man who is replacing the previous lighthouse keeper. We read of his daily responsibilities, about how he writes letters and rescues wrecked sailors, about how he receives supplies, how his wife nurses him through a serious illness, and even about a surprise visitor. Eventually, the Coast Guard install a new machine to run the lighthouse and we witness the final “goodbye” in the end. The illustrations are gorgeous and the story is quite tender. I noticed that circles (I assume in relation to the round shape of the lighthouse), are sprinkled throughout in the illustrations — circle patterns on a quilt, the shape of the carpet on the floor, and circle-shaped illustrations added to the sides of a page. In the very back, there’s a lengthy section on lighthouses which gives far more details about the historical workings of a lighthouse. The artwork was done with Chinese ink and watercolor on hotpress paper. Here are a couple spreads as examples:
February 21, 2017
It has taken me quite a while to get to read Grand Canyon, but it was worth the wait. In this nonfiction picture book, we read a great deal about the past events that helped form the Grand Canyon — everything from the formation of rock layers in the canyon to the various ancient life forms that created fossils throughout the Grand Canyon. As the book come to a close, it focuses more on the current state of the land, including modern animals and their habitats. In the very back are 8 additional full pages of text, illustrations, and maps, providing even more details than what was already present in the book (which was a LOT of information, already). Also available is a detailed list of sources, websites, and “further reading” for children. The detailed artwork was created with pen and ink, watercolor, and gouache. Chin wasted no space, using borders to provide more illustrations of animals and various facts and figures. Here’s one example, below:
Grand Canyon won a 2018 Caldecott Honor, it was a Sibert Medal Nominee, and it won an NCTE Orbis Pictus Award.
To Be Read:
Our local children’s summer reading program is in full swing at the library, so our five children just checked out more books than normal. Which is A LOT! Some old, some new, and lots of super hero graphic novels. And, of course, now everyone is in a hurry to read 10+ books a day. Because prizes. That said, it looks like I have my reading work cut out for me with my younger kiddos. Nevertheless, I’m still hoping to get to some of my own reading accomplished this week, starting with Rebound by Kwame Alexander.
What are YOU reading, this week?