It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 7-28-14

Thanks to our dynamic hosts: Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kelle at Unleashing Readers.
Head to either blog to find reviews as well as dozens of links to other blogs filled with reviews!

All I can do is laugh at how drastically my life and time and priorities have shifted in the last month.  Reading and sharing reviews has been a weekly priority for me for so long, and now I find it takes me two weeks to read half the amount I used to read per week.  And while I know that I eventually need to amp it up (as I have commitments to the committee I am on), for now I will enjoy my crazy schedule with the little nugget sitting next to me.  He's just chillin, looking around, but as many of you know, my time here could be up at any moment!  So, I will be brief!

Book I Read this Week:

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Brian Biggs
Amulet Books, 2014
Science Fiction
192 pages
Recommended for grades 2-4

I love Amulet Books, and I love Jon Scieszka.  But do I love this new series around Frank Einstein?

Well...I love that this new series is science fiction-the section in my classroom library that might just be the smallest of all genres.  It can be hard to find accessible science fiction texts for my 3rd & 4th grade readers.  This series will certainly fit the bill for my readership.  Is this amazing writing?  No.  And I feel confident that Mr. Scieszka would not be offended by that statement.  The book is geared toward a younger crowd with simple sentence structure throughout most of the story.  Sprinkle in humor, robots, a child genius and a dastardly plan by an evil kid scientist and we have a story that boys especially will have a fun time with!  Afterall, isn't Jon all about guys reading?!

On Deck:

Loving so far!

Thanks for stopping by!  In this short time I now have a screeching nugget demanding brunch.


  1. Love that you could sneak away from your little one and post! Always nice to hear your thoughts about what you are reading. I hear you on having a hard time finding Science Fiction for this age group. I can see my students really liking all of the elements in this title you shared! Thanks. I will keep my eye out for it.

  2. First, I must have missed your exciting news--CONGRATULATIONS! You know Ricki and I understand :)
    I was lucky enough to write the Frank Einstein Teaching Guide. It is such a wonderful book. One that will be loved by many a reader! I'm glad you loved it too.
    Happy reading this week! :)

  3. Thinking my kids would like the Frank Einstein book. I'll be on the lookout for it. Glad you found time to post!


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