Monday, April 18, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? 4-18-16

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!

Books I Read this Week:

Science Comics:
Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers
By MK Reed & Joe Flood
First Second, 2016
Nonfiction Graphic Novel
120 pages
Recommended for grades 3-8

This is a new series to watch for! There are two books out right now, with a third on the way. The artwork is vibrant and alive, colorful and detailed, and the text is rich with information. What I particularly like about this book is how it points out our ever-changing understanding of what we once knew for fact in the field of science. This continues to the very last page when the writer admits that some of the information they included in the book has now been disproven just two weeks before printing! So cool! Includes the early male and female scientists discovering fossils and bones, who took credit and who had it robbed. Go buy this one! 

Forgotten Bones: Uncovering a Slave Cemetery
By Lois Miner Huey
Millbrook Press, 2016
Nonfiction
56 pages
Recommended for grades 4+

When workers uncover human remains while digging for a new pipeline, a slave cemetery is discovered. The cemetery was a burial grounds for the slaves at the Schuyler in Albany, New York.
The book gives readers a look at what steps are taken to excavate and protect the remains, how they are handled and what story they have to tell. The photographs let us join the scientists at work. The book also includes information about the different lifestyles of Northern and Southern slaves in America, well before the Civil War.

Sweater Weather
By Sara Varon
First Second, 2016
Short Stories: Graphic Novel
127 pages
Recommended for: fans of Sara Varon

So different from her previous titles, this book includes short stories with Sara's introduction to each telling where the idea came from, it's purpose, etc. I can't say I love it as much as I love her previous books, and I'm not really sure of which reader I might hand it to. I think the book would fare best in the hands of a Sara Varon fan, or in the hands of an artist.

I'm Currently Reading:

On Deck: On Desk

I was so excited to start reading this one, but I left it at school (and I'm on vacation). I will get to it soon!

Thanks for stopping by!


9 comments:

  1. Dinosaurs and comics, now that's a winning combination! :)

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  2. I would like to have a look at these science comics. I have a collection of graphic science texts about the human body. Some kids like them, and others want more straightforward texts.

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    1. Absolutely, depends on the reader's preference! Some despise graphic novels because they are often too busy for them to follow, where others only want to read that type of text! I found this one to be packed with interesting information about dinosaur discoveries and also our human history and understanding. Certainly worth checking out!

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  3. This Avi title looks very interesting. I am intrigued.

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    1. So far I am into the third story, and the first two have been rather sad- the dads are a let down to their son/family in each. I'm curious to see if this continues throughout the book.

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  4. I really love books written by Avi - and an illustrated one? Wow, that's a first, at least as far as I know. Looking forward to reading your thoughts about it.

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    1. Oh no, that one isn't illustrated! Sorry to get your hopes up! ;) It is a collection of short stories. At least, I don't think it will be illustrated...I'm reading an advanced copy, but they usually say "art to come" if there is going to be some that is missing. Still, I can never resist an AVI title!

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  5. The archeology one looks fascinating. Have a good week!

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