It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 9/24/18

The weekly post where I recap some of the KidLit books I’ve been reading. Ocasionally, I’ll also talk about 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 piles.


Picture Books

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Monster Academy
By Jane Yolen & Heidi E.Y. Stemple
illustrated by John McKinley
Blue Sky Press, 2018

I have been anticipating this book for months! I love McKinley’s art and the story is cute. I have considered dressing my son up like one of the characters. I love that the mummy’s curse is that she has to speak in rhyme. A fun book to read this Halloween.

Boo-La-La Witch Spa
written by Samantha Berger
illustrated by Isabel Roxas
Dial Books, 2015

This is the second time that I’ve checked this one out of the library. I love the idea of a spa for witches and all the crazy spa-related treatments are awesome. The rhyme is well done too. I really like the color palette and the illustrations are great. Another great October read.

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Peanut Butter & Aliens
Written by Joe McGee
Illustrated by Charles Santoso
Harry N. Abrams, 2017

I have not read the first book (PEANUT BUTTER & BRAINS) but I will definitely be checking it out after reading this one. I love the silliness of the plot–aliens arrive armed with ray guns full of cosmic grape jelly. The illustrations are bright and fun. Great book for anyone who likes zombies, aliens or peanut butter & jelly.

Boing: A Very Noisy ABC
written by Tim McCanna
illustrated by Jorge Martin
SimonSchuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2017

I saw this on the New Arrivals shelf at the library and I decided to check it out because I have a toddler at home. It is really fun. A boy’s ball goes flying out the window and the book follows him and his grandpa as they chase it across the city. I love that each letter is a sound in the scene. It was fun to direct my toddler’s attention to what the ball and boy were doing on each page.


Superbat
written by Matt Carr
Scholastic Press, 2017

The bright colors of this book drew me into checking it out. It is really cute and pretty funny. When other bats ask Superbat what makes him Super, he responds that he can fly (among other common bat like things). I think it is a book that many kids can relate to–not only because it deals with superheroes, but also because it explores just what makes each person unique and special.


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