Monday, September 8, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 9-8-14


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!

This week was a blur!  A wonderful blur.  The first week of school is now behind me, and I look onward with great excitement.

This week at school we will be celebrating International Dot Day with daily activities.  To kick off Dot Week I took a trip to The Blue Bunny with a dear friend.
And look who came to say hello to us:
If you think Peter's messages to readers are moving and powerful, you will find that the man behind those books is more delightful than you'd think possible!  Each time I've been to Blue Bunny (twice), I've been treated like royalty, simply because I'm a teacher!  Heck yeah! This time Peter brought over an original watercolor that he had just whipped up.

I also love this picture because it's the first time Greg Heffley has photobombed one of my pictures.

Books I Read this Week:

Picture Day Perfection by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Santat
Abrams, 2013

I thought this would be a fun one to read to my students during the week of picture day.  We all got a kick out of the irony in this story.  A fun read for elementary students, my third graders had their little lightbulbs click on as they realized the twist at the end of the story.


Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice by Mike Maihack
Scholastic Graphix, 2014
Science Fiction/Graphic Novel
172 pages
Recommended for grades 3-6

When young queen Cleopatra gets transported to the future she discovers that she is a prophecy the people-and cats-have been waiting for.  Oddly, Cleopatra is not bothered at all by finding herself far from home and all she knows. Cleo is enrolled in classes, despising all but the courses involving fighting/shooting.
The cover alludes to a bit more action than the book delivered.  As book one, there is certainly an open ending to build on with future volumes. A little bit Astronaut Academy, a little bit Silver Six, kids will enjoy it.

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Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful reading week :)






8 comments:

  1. A Dan Santat book that I haven't read?! Must. Find. Thanks for the reminder about Dot Day!

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    1. Ha, sure thing! I found it somewhere else on an IMWAYR post, so I'm happy to pass it along!

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  2. Does Peter Reynolds run Blue Bunny or did he just happen to be there? Love his books :)

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    1. I love his work too! Peter owns the bookstore and has a studio nearby. Last time we were there he was in his Boston office for Fablevision-which he runs with his twin brother. I believe you can call to buy books for Peter to sign and have mailed to you.

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  3. Hi there Nicole, so great to hear that first week of school frenzy is over and you would soon be settling in to your new digs for the entire year. Lovely picture too of Peter Reynolds and Greg Heffley the photobomber. :) Cleopatra in School sounds like it would be a perfect fit for our current reading theme. :)

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    1. I think part of why I love that picture so much is because of the photobombing ;)
      First week frenzy down, now it's the remaining portion of the year frenzy!
      Cleopatra was a quick read, and good for kids that like series, there will probably be a few of them. Have a great week!

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  4. Cleopatra in Space sounds like fun, thanks for sharing!

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  5. I love baby in tow with you in that photo. Hope your year is off to a great start. Love hearing updates. Cleopatra looks like a great one to add to the classroom library. That is if I ever get to return to my classroom . . .

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