IMWAYR – May 27, 2019

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

She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein
written by Lynn Fulton
illustrated by Felicita Sala
(Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2018)

2018 marked the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein. I have enjoyed reading all the various books released to commemorate it and I was excited to finally get a chance to read a picture book biography. I loved the illustrations and I think it was a great introduction to Shelley’s life.

The Remember Balloons
written by Jesse Oliveros
illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte
(Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018)

I knew nothing about this book other than I had seen a lot of buzz about it. It is absolutely wonderful. You don’t see many books that tackle memory loss. The metaphor of the colorful balloons is both beautiful and easy for a child to understand. This has been one of my favorite pictures books that I have read this year.

Middle Grade

Fablehaven: Keys to the Demon Prison
by Brandon Mull
(Shadow Mountain, 2011)

I do not have a ton of space, so I do not physically own very many books, but the entire Fablehaven series sits on my shelf. This is the third or fourth time that I have read the series through and I enjoy it every time. The next series, Dragonwatch, started coming out a few years ago, so I wanted to get a refresher before diving into the new ones. The thing I love about this book is that it puts the magic right in our own world–it is not a portal fantasy or another world fantasy. Highly recommend.

Babysitting Nightmares: The Shadow Hand
by Kat Shepherd
(Imprint, 2018)

This was such a fun read. The four main characters are a lot of fun and it is just the right amount of creepy. It sort of feels like The Babysitter’s Club meets Goosebumps. I have started reading the second one in the series, and it is just as good, if not better. It seems like each book will be told from a different girl’s perspective, which I think is a lot of fun.

6 thoughts on “IMWAYR – May 27, 2019

  1. I enjoyed She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein, but ended up preferring Linda Bailey’s Mary, Who Wrote Frankenstein. Have you read it?
    I am almost embarrassed to admit that I have not read one book from the Fablehaven series. Students at my library read them without my encouragement so I was busy reading other titles!

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    1. I really enjoy most of his stuff–5 Kingdoms is a good series. I wasn’t as big a fan of the Beyonders, but a lot of people like it.


  2. That is quite the recommendation of Fablehaven — going to have to start this series, soon. And I’ve been wanting to read The Remember Balloons since I first learned of it. Looking forward to that one, too! Thanks for the shares and I hope you have a wonderful reading week, Rebecca! (P.S. I got to mention The Hug in my #imwayr post, today. Thank you so much for sending this one to me!!)

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