IMWAYR – June 10, 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

Bob, Not Bob! *to be read as though you have the worst cold ever
written by Liz Garton Scanlon & Audrey Vernick
illustrated by Matthew Cordell
(Disney-Hyperion, 2017)

This is an adorable book. It is a perfect read aloud because it is written in such a way that you easily fall into the stuffy-nosed-I-have-a-cold voice of the main character. I also loved the illustrations. I feel like it has wonderful little easter eggs for the parents, like the sheer exhaustion on the mom’s face as she tries to do laundry with the little boy clinging to her leg. Highly recommend.


Middle Grade

Small Spaces
by Katherine Arden
(G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, 2018)

As you probably already know, I love creepy books. And this book does creepy so well. But it also has a ton of heart. Read my full review here.

Zita the Spacegirl
by Ben Hatke
(First Second, 2011)

A few years ago, I picked up a copy of Ben Hatke’s Mighty Jack and absolutely loved it. The next book in the series comes out this September and it is a crossover between Jack and his other graphic novel character, Zita the Spacegirl. In preparation for it, I decided I needed to read the Zita trilogy. This first one is a portal type fantasy and it is a lot of fun. I’m excited to read the other two as well.


Young Adult

Broken Lands
by Jonathan Maberry
(Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2019)

Jonathan Maberry’s Rot and Ruin series is fantastic, so I was so excited when he announced that he was revisiting the series. Before the zombies, the town in Broken Lands was basically an immigrant detention camp on the Texas-Mexican border. Even in the zombie apocalypse, racism still seems to be a problem and Gutsy and her friends have to try to get out of a town that no one wants them to leave. This book definitely feels like it is setting up the rest of the series, so I am looking forward to the subsequent books.

6 thoughts on “IMWAYR – June 10, 2019

  1. I am so excited for you to be reading Zita for the first time! I love her story, and I recently read the Jack cross over–so good!
    Happy reading this week 🙂

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  2. Those zombie novels are new to me & this latest one sounds like from the news, except, well, zombies! I liked Bob, Not Bob very much. It was clever. I will find the Zita books, have not read any of them, & now you’ve convinced me to take a look. Thanks, Rebecca!

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  3. Bob, Not Bob! sounds sooo cute! I’m adding this one to my list. And I thought Small Spaces was quite creepy, but very good. I loved your full review of it, too! Thanks for the shares and have a wonderful reading week, Rebecca!

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    1. Thanks Shaye! I thought that Small Spaces really balanced the creep-factor well for the middle grade audience. But when I would pause to really picture what was happening it was certainly spooky.

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  4. Bob, Not Bob! sounds just hilarious! I also need to read the Zita trilogy to prepare for the next Mighty Jack. I think I read one of them ages ago, but I have no memory of what happened!

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