It's Monday! What Are You Reading?! 3-2-20

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 and recommendations!

Books I've Recently Read:

Hello World by Ethan Long
Chrissy Ottaviano Books
Henry Holt, March 2020
Sun and Moon Together by Ethan Long
Chrissy Ottaviano Books
Henry Holt, August 2020

Awesome new series alert! Hello, World "a new Richard Scarry-inspired environment"  is geared toward preschoolers, but will certainly find eager audiences through 1st grade!
Each page is chock full of color, action, humor, and details to keep you busy for read after read!
Check out this site for more info and to snag a cool coloring sheet!

Sun and Moon Together hits shelves later this summer, and seems to grow to include a broader range of readers. The fun stays put, but added to the book is scientific information that older readers will soak up.

Friday Night Wrestle Fest by J.F. Fox, illustrated by Micah Player
Roaring Brook Press, February 2020

If only I could be as cool as the parents in this book!
Movement, fun with words, and family bonding-wrestle fest style!
Dangerous Daddoo, the Tag Team Twins, and the Big Bald Baby have a weekly tradition of battling over bedtime, and you'll be glad you were finally invited to watch!
This was a bedtime hit for us!

Dandelion's Dream by Yoko Tanaka
Candlewick Press, February 2020

A gorgeous wordless story about a dandelion transforming into a lion who is able to do all the things he dreams of doing. The gray, white, and yellow illustrations are perfection. And oh, what a sweet ending!
Image from Amazon

One Mean Ant by Arthur Yorinks, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
Candlewick Press, February 2020

This crabby ant finds himself lost in the desert, when a fly happens upon him. While the ant's grumpy ways are more than enough to shoo the fly away, he sticks around and wants to help the lost ant.
And things seem to improve....nearly.

Dot. Unplugged about the character created by Randi Zuckerberg
Candlewick Studios, February 2020

When the power goes out it's time for electronic obsessed kids to find out what fun it can be to be unplugged! A simple story that just might inspire you to unplug for a family game night!

The Blunders: A Counting Catastrophe by Christina Soontornvat, illustrated by Colin Jack
Candlewick Press, February 2020

Mother Blunder is going to lose it if her ten kids don't go outside to play. And I can't say I blame her. I'm frazzled just imagining my house with that many kids in it. Out you go!
When the kids need to head back in for dinner they get all out of sorts because one of them is missing! Or is it just common sense missing?

Gold Rush Girl by AVI
Candlewick Press, March 2020
Historical Fiction
320 pages
Recommended for grades 4-8

I'm not sure if this is an honest review. Can I give an unbiased opinion if I am such a devoted fan of this writer? If Avi's name is on the cover I am going to: read it, love it, recommend it. So, you've been warned.
In his latest work Avi takes us from the shores of Rhode Island to the gold rush madness on the opposite side of the country. When Victoria's father loses his job he takes a leap of faith by setting off to find gold. Victoria's younger brother is allowed to accompany their father, but Tory is tired of sitting around like a proper lady. Disguised as a boy, Tory sneaks aboard the ship, revealing herself to her family when the ship is ocean bound.
Not really a story of the gold rush, but a coming of age story of a female taking matters into her own hands, finding true friends, and true power deep within herself, set against a backdrop of San Fransico's gold fever.

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  1. I have many of the same books in my TBR stack. You just made me reorder a few. Thanks for the preview and look forward to hearing your thoughts on A Wish in the Dark. I don't have that one.

  2. Dandelion's Dream looks so sweet -- love that gray, white, and yellow, too! I can't wait to hear your thoughts on A Wish in the Dark. That cover art is gorgeous. Have a wonderful reading week, Nicole!

  3. Friday Night Wrestle Fest sounds adorable, and I think my daughter will love it! Thanks for sharing.

  4. There are so many books to look forward to here Nicole. I agree with Wendi Lee about Friday Night Wrestle Fest. One Mean Ant is on my list because of Sergio Ruzzier. The art in Dandelion's Dream is spectacular - looking forward to it too!

  5. I just got A Wish in the Dark tonight. It looks great. I am in the middle of a few other books though, but I will check in next week to see your thoughts. You have a lot of great looking picture books this week. A few to add to my list, thanks so much!


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