IMWAYR | August 31, 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.

Just Finished

written by Junot Díaz
illustrated by Leo Espinosa
(Dial Books, 2018)

This book has been on my TBR for way too long and I am so glad that I finally read it. It is absolutely gorgeous. I was a bit worried about the length–its rather long compared to many contemporary picture books–but the bright and fun illustrations held my three year old’s attention through the entire book. I was impressed that every word counted in this book–it didn’t feel long or wordy. And I also loved the perfect balance between text and illustrations. The story most definitely would not be the same without the other. Highly recommend.


Juniper Kai: Super Spy
written by Laura Gehl
illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis
(Two Lions, 2019)

I knew nothing about this book before picking it up and I thought it was absolutely delightful. It is a fun and creative take on a topic that is covered over and over again in picture books. I also like that it the parents in the book never actually say “you’re going to be a big sister!” Instead, the reader has to do do a little bit of deducing, just like Juniper Kai. Loved it.

Cinderella Skeleton
written by Robert D. San Souci
illustrated by David Catrow
(Harcourt Children’s Books, 2000)

Oh. my. goodness. I am always looks for spooky picture books and this book is wonderfully, amazingly gorgeous. What a fun take on the classic Cinderella tale. The illustrations are rich, vibrant and detailed. We had fun just looking at how beautiful this book was. This book, like most “spooky” picture books isn’t going to give a child nightmares, but it is deliciously macabre. For example, instead of dropping her glass slipper, Cinderella’s whole foot falls off. This will go on Halloween list for sure.

by Chad Sell
(Alfred A. Knopf BFYR, 2020)

This book was a lot of fun. I enjoyed the premise of the book and how the main character’s emotions were tied to her drawings. I thought it was an interesting way for her to work through her feelings of inadequacy. I also liked how diverse the cast was and I would enjoy reading more stories about them. I’ve head a lot of good things about The Cardboard Kingdom, so I hope to check that one out as well.

Added to My TBR

Shop the books above and support me and local Indies:

Islandborn by Junot Díaz (author) and Leo Espinosa (illustrator)
Juniper Kai: Super Spy by Laura Gehl (author) and Alexandria Neonakis (illustrator)
Cinderella Skeleton by Robert D. San Souci (author) and David Catrow (illustrator)
Doodleville by Chad Sell
The Circus of Stolen Dreams by Lorelei Savaryn
The Nerviest Girl in the World by Melissa Wiley
Gustavo the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago
Fish in a Tree by Lunda Mullaly Hunt

9 thoughts on “IMWAYR | August 31, 2020

  1. I loved Island Born, too, will look for Cinderella Skeleton & Super Spy. The first looks just right for Halloween. I’m sharing a fun spooky book today, Becky, Embassy for the Dead, a delightful story! And I have Doodleville, now need to read it! Have a great week!

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  2. Oh my, I loved Island Born. And it sounds like Cinderella Skeleton will soon become a favorite for my youngest – she’s into fun spooky stuff and continues to ask me “How many days until Halloween, mom?” I also need to go make sure Doodleville is on my TBR list. Thanks for the shares, Rebecca!

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  3. I really miss reading picture books with kids. I still read them on my own, but the magic of sharing them with someone is precious. At least the local librarian is letting me have my elementary age book club even during the Remote Times.

    I think I’ll look around for Islandborn and Cinderella Skeleton — they look like a lot of fun. (I’m not entering this weeks giveaway because I already have the book!)


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