IMWAYR | September 28, 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.

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Los Gatos Black on Halloween
written by Marisa Montes
illustrated by Yuyi Morales
(Square Fish, 2016)

The library closest to me has been closed for the past month for renovations. So I recently paid a visit to another library in the county. I was so excited to find that they had a whole section of Halloween books! We do have inter-library loans, but the book has to be on my radar for me to even look it up. I was able to check out a few Halloween books that I hadn’t even heard of. This one is fantastic and I am so glad I found it. The rhyme is excellent and the illustrations are creepy, gorgeous, and fun. Below is a short excerpt so you can get a feel for the art and text.

A Book for Escargot
written by Dashka Slater
illustrated by Sydney Hanson
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020)

We love little Escargot! my husband lived in the French speaking part of Belgium for a lot of his childhood and he is really good at doing accents, so it is always super fun for him to read these out loud. The illustrations are so adorable. The twist is so funny and cute as well. Definitely worth a reread.

Happy Fell
written by Erica S. Perl
illustrated by Chris Chatterton
(Penguin Workshop, 2019)

This is the first Arnold and Louise book that I have read. My three-year-old like to help me cook, so he got a kick out of Arnold wanting to cook and the havoc that ensued. The illustrations are really fun and it made me wish I lived in a place that had the “fell” season.

My Video Game Ate My Homework
by Dustin Hansen
(DC Comics, 2020)

The cover of this book caught my eye and the library and I am glad that I picked it up. It was super fun. I liked the cast of characters and the premise was a lot of fun. I liked how the main character had dyslexia and how he was able to find ways to navigate this while helping solve the puzzle to get his science fair project back. Plus there are skeleton rodents of unusual size–what’s not to like?

Added to My TBR

Shop the books above and support me and local Indies:

Julia’s House Moves On by Ben Hatke
A Cauldron of Bats by Michael Buxton
The Midnight Circus by Jane Yolen
Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes and Yuyi Morales
A Book for Escargot by Dashka Slater and Sydney Hanson
Happy Fell by Erica S. Perl and Chris Chatterton
My Video Game Ate My Homework by Dustin Hansen
Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon
Flamer by Mike Curato
Bling Blaine: Throw Glitter, Not Shade by Rob Sanders and Letizia Rizzo
Class Act by Jerry Craft

6 thoughts on “IMWAYR | September 28, 2020

  1. I’m getting out the Halloween books here at home & at the bookstore! I’ll see if I can find Los Gatos Black for sure! Thanks for all, Becky!


  2. Well now I’m going to have to look up Happy Fell and see what the “fell” season is! And I remember really enjoying Yuyi Morales’ artwork in Los Gatos Black on Halloween. I should probably check that one out, again! Also, I was just going through our Amazon account the other day when I noticed we had Class Act on order. I know I didn’t order it, so after asking my hubby he said that, yes, he ordered it back in May since our guys loved book #1 so much. So I’m hoping it’ll be just as wonderful. Hope you have a wonderful reading week, Becky!


  3. These books sound great, especially A Book for Escargot! It’s great to see dyslexia being featured in books like My Video Game Ate My Homework. Thanks for the wonderful post!


  4. Hi Rebecca,
    I got sidetracked when I saw Class Act and had to run off and see if my library might have a copy. They have it on order. They also have Flamer on order. Thanks for the heads up about these.


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