IMWAYR | August 24, 2020

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.

Giveaway Winner

Congrats to Linda Baie for winning a copy of Three Squeezes by Jason Pratt and Chris Sheban! Contact me at rebecca.anne.herzog (at) with your address and I’ll get that sent out right away!

Last Week on the Blog

Just Finished

Llama Destroys the World
written by Jonathan Stutzman
illustrated by Heather Fox
(Henry Holt and Co., 2019)

This book was on display at the library and the cover caught my eye. I love silly character design and the Llama in this book definitely looked derpy. My kids giggled as we read about all the mistakes this poor llama made. There is a sequel that looks equally as cute that I will check out too.


Short Stories for Little Monsters
by Marie-Louise Gay
(Groundwood Books, 2017)

I am always excited to read and picture book with monsters. This was a quirky and fun read that is actually more like a graphic novel with short little stories. The illustrations were cute and the stories were silly and funny.

A Ballad of Songbird and Snakes
by Suzanne Collins
(Scholastic Press, 2020)

I knew nothing of the premise of this one when i picked it up (other than it was a prequel to The Hunger Games.) And I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was worried about how the book would read with Snow being the protagonist. I think that Suzanne Collins did a fantastic job of keeping you invested in Snow’s character without making him super sympathetic. We know he grows up to be baddie of the first series and Collins rides that line of not letting us forget that while making his character interesting enough to want to keep reading.

Added to My TBR

Shop the books above and support me and local Indies:

Homerooms & Hall Passes by Tom O’Donnell
Black Sand Beach: Are You Afraid of the Light? by Richard Fairgray
Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal
Dead Voices by Katherine Arden
Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman (Author) Heather Fox (Illustrator)
Short Stories for Little Monsters by Marie-Louise Gay
A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston
Runaway Pumpkins by Teresa Bateman (Author) and Stephanie Fizer Coleman (Illustrator)
Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite edited by Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker
Midnight at the Barclay Hotel by Fleur Bradley illustrated by Xavier Bonet

3 thoughts on “IMWAYR | August 24, 2020

  1. Hurray! My Monday is now a super one because I won the book! Thank you very much, Becky! As for your books, I noted Five Midnights, sounds good and creepy. I’ve read the llama book, very fun, & know about the Collins book, perhaps can read it some time? I hadn’t read anyone’s reviews so you’ve make me think about reading it more! Thanks again for the giveaway! And have a super week!


  2. These books sound wonderful! Llama Destroys the World looks like a fun picture book—“derpy” is an accurate term for the llama in this case! Thanks for the great post!


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