It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 1/15/2018

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.
Be sure to check out Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers to see what other kidlit readers are reading. Because, you know, we can never have too many books in our TBR pile.
                                        

Picture Books

 Carnivores
written by Aaron Reynolds
illustrated by Dan Santat

 

I love this book. The cover is so creative and the illustrations are great. The story just knocks it out of the park for me. I love the twists to the story. I actually belly laugh when reading this one. My children both seem to enjoy it too. I also feel like this is a great book for teaching picture book writing. It follows a definite pattern and works so well.

Middle Grade

The Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill

 

Oh my goodness, this book gave me all the feels. It was a wonderful book, but it took me awhile to get through it because, as the mom of a little one, there were parts that were so sad! Kelly Barnhill does a fantastic job of conveying emotion. I really liked that this was a dystopian story wrapped in magical fantasy. So many dystopian stories seem to take place in the near future real world. The fantasy elements really made it a fresh take.

Non-KidLit

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft
written by Joe Hill
illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez 

 

This is a graphic novel that has been on my TBR for a long time. I am so glad that I finally picked it up. A hard “R” rating, it was creepy and unsettling. The illustrations do a lot to add to the overall foreboding feeling of the book. I will definitely be picking up the next in the series.

 

reminder of my ratings (which are so subjective anyway and should be taken with a grain of salt):
1 star: extremely disliked and will actively warn others (VERY RARE)
2 stars: disliked
3 stars: liked and will recommend to the right person
4 stars: really liked and will recommend 
5 stars: loved and will recommend to anyone who will listen (VERY RARE)

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