The weekly post where I recap all the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Occasionally, I’ll also review some adult fiction books as well.
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The Itsy Bitsy Spider illustrated by Laura Zarrin
Cute, quick picture book. The illustrations are darling. My son got this one as a prize for the summer reading program at the library.
Tek: The Modern Cave Boy by Patrick McDonnell
The whole book looks like an iPad–even the pages are set up like a tablet. Its is a clever idea. I did feel like it was a bit preachy–get away from screens! Go outside! Not that this is a bad message, but kids hear it so much, I wish it would have had more of a twist. My daughter seemed to like it though.
We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
I have not read the middle grade novel yet, but this picture book was ok. It was a bit simple and it opened a bit of dialog with my daughter.
Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol
As a mom who can’t get a moment to herself sometimes, this was a great book! The grandma knows that winter is coming and needs to get some sweaters knitted. But the kids and grandkids don’t let her get anything done. So she goes on a trek to find a place that is quiet enough to get her work done. This would be a great book to teach kids an important message. Sometimes there are important things that adults have to get done. It’s not that they don’t love the kids when they tell them they can’t play right then and there.
Lucia the Luchadora written by Cynthia Leonor Garza illustrated by Alyssa Bermudez
My daughter and I both enjoyed this picture book. Great take on superheroes. The illustrations were really neat too. In general, I am not a fan of 1st person, so that was one downside to this book. But that is just personal preference.
Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan
This book was fantastic. It is the story of Snow White set in the 1920s and 1930s. The illustrations are rough and beautiful with a limited color pallete. I am a sucker for limited color palletes. I would definitely recommend this one for both the art and the fresh take on an old story.