We’re currently enjoying a 4-day weekend for our college Midterm Break and WOW did we need the break! We’ll also be celebrating my husband’s 50th birthday (tomorrow) and enjoying this super nice weather we’ve been having. So this week I’ll be sharing just one novel and a few newer fall/Halloween books we read this week. Hopefully you’ll find something of interest to add to your reading list.
If this is your first visit to my blog, welcome! Today is Monday, and I regularly participate in a weekly #IMWAYR meme. 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 to share what you’ve been reading!
I would love to hear what you’re reading in the comments section!
Neil Smith, translator
April 25, 2019
This was another book on my #MustReadin2021 list. I enjoyed his A Man Called Ove a year or two ago and had to add this one to my list. One of Backman’s gifts is turning what seems to be an ordinary or mundane lives into works of art – to let us peer into several messy, private lives and see all the beauty hidden in the normal-ness. Among his variety of characters, ranging from quirky to downright frustrating, we witness joy, regret, love, and hopelessness. But it’s always a powerful thing to bear witness to the act of grace and forgiveness while growing my empathy for a character I didn’t know I even cared much about. That’s what his books have done for me.
AWARDS: Goodreads Choice Award Nominee (2020)
Halloween is Coming
Lenny Wen, illustrator
August 1, 2021
In rhyming text, all the signs and symbols of Halloween are shared, from cooler temps, to Corn Mazes, to candy apples, to school parades, this book covers it all. My daughter enjoyed reading each set of lines and then saying the two rhyming words at the end (Mime/Frankenstein, want/haunt, etc.). The full-color art was created digitally in Photoshop with a Wacom Tablet and layered with scanned pencil textures.
If You Ever Meet a Skeleton
Katrin Dreiling, illustrator
September 7, 2021
Page Street Kids
Skeletons may seem super spooky, but they’re missing some pretty important body parts to do us any harm. In humorous rhyming text, we discover they don’t have a lot! For example, they’re missing eyes, ears, muscle, brains, skin, guts, etc. They’re really just bones looking to make friends. The cute illustrations were done using mixed media and compiled digitally.
How to Haunt a House
Edward Miller, illustrator
September 15, 2021
Albert Whitman & Company
In this rhyming picture book, Madam Gray is teaching little ghosts how to haunt houses around town. But eventually, they’ll meet their match with a family who doesn’t scare quite so easily. Is there still a way to frighten them away? Colorful pictures make this “spooky” book, not quite so frightening.
Pete Oswald, illustrator
August 17, 2021
In this hilarious picture book, we see a play on “Why did the chicken cross the road?” It takes just a bit for chicken to realize he’s dead and even longer for him to agree to being scary or haunting unlucky, innocent children. Lots of fun rhyming and use of language in this one. With a dark nighttime background, the bright and colorful artwork is so FUNNY! And just wait for the last page spread, showing what’s about to happen next. The illustrations were created digitally.
⭐ NOTE: This title is currently ONLY $2.99 ON KINDLE if you can’t get it in print!!
Ashley Belote, illustrator
July 13, 2021
This one is perfect for the young slime maker in your life! Young Victoria Franken is the Queen of Slime in her community. One night while she’s mixing a new batch of slime, a lightening strike hits her lab and her glowing green slime comes to life. She runs for her life, but perhaps there’s nothing to be afraid of after all. The back matter includes a recipe for Cloud Slime, Intergalactic Space Slime, and Glow-in-the-Dark Zombie Slime.
How to Talk Monster
Mike Lowery, illustrator
June 8, 2021
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
In very simple text with graphic novel-like pages, we meet a young boy who is struggling to sleep because he’s sure there’s a monster outside his window. His parents keep returning to his room only to tell him he’s just imagining things. However, can having a monster friend be all that bad?
Currently Reading/To Be Read:
I am nearing the end of Dragon Hoops (so good!) and will be reading a few more fun Halloween picture books with my youngest, this week. Otherwise, I think I’ll be starting Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson today.