Monday January 27th, 2014

It’s Monday! What are you reading?


Join Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and share all of the reading you have done over the week from picture books to young adult novels. Follow the links to read about all of the amazing books the #IMWAYR community has read. One of the very best ways to discover what to read next!

My favourite picture books (both fiction and nonfiction) reads of the week:

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin written by Jen Bryant and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Again, Sweet just slays me. Everything she does is vivid colours and spectacular details. This fascinating biography of artist Horace Pippin is an inspirational tale of an artist with everything stacked against him who makes art despite it all. Loved the back story of how Bryant and Sweet collaborated on the research to create this book.

A splash of red #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

The Invisible Boy written by Trudy Ludwig and illustrated by Patrice Barton

This is such an important book with themes of exclusion, kindness and friendship. I shared what this book was like as a read aloud experience in my classroom in this post.

The Invisible Boy #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Dream Boats written by Dan Bar-el  and illustrated by Kirsti Anne Wakelin

Lyrical text. Illustrations full of folklore, magic and dreams. Fall asleep and ride through dreams and history on a dream boat. A title that must be read, reread, examined and explored. It sails you through many legends and cultures around the world.

DreamBoats #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Lost Cat by C. Roger Mader

Come and see the world from the perspective of a little lost cat, left behind when her owner moved. I shared my students’ reviews here.

lost cat #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

The Very Brave Bear by Nick Bland

Bear and Buffalo square off in a battle of bravery. I am completely charmed by the silly antics revealed in the illustrations. Not sure how much of the text I even paid attention to – the pictures are hilarious!

#IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Noisy Poems for a Busy Day written by Robert Heidbreder and illustrated by Lori Joy Smith

Busy, bustling poems perfect for the preschool set. Full of sounds, fun to say and lots of silly . . .


Jump-up jiggle.

Undies backward!


Hee! Hee!

Noisy Poems #IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Born to Be Giants: How Baby Dinosaurs Grew to Rule the World by Lita Judge 

I learned an incredible amount about dinosaurs in this nonfiction title and thoroughly enjoyed all of the details and comparisons to modern day creatures. Amazing illustrations.

#IMWAYR There's a Book for That

I read some other fabulous nonfiction picture books which I shared in my Nonfiction Wednesday Post: Animal Stories

I also read:

Forgive me, Leonard Peacock written by Matthew Quick

A perfect book to sit down with when you don’t have to get up for hours. I found myself pulled quickly into the world of Leonard Peacock and not wanting to put the book down and abandon him for even a moment. Raw. Vulnerable. Hurting. What a character. This is the story of a teenage boy who begins his last day on Earth because by day’s end, he’s planning to be dead. How did he get to this place? He will tell you, unravelling details of his history and his pain. This was one of my #MustReadin2014 titles – the second Matthew Quick title I have read this month. Definitely YA.

#IMWAYR There's a Book for That

Next up? I am reading The Living by Matt de la Pena and then plan to read Marie Lu‘s The Champion to finish the trilogy.

Reading Goal updates:

2014 Chapter Book Challenge: 6/100 novels complete

Goodeads Challenge: 61/650 books read

#MustReadin2014: 4/30 complete

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: 24/65 complete

Happy Reading to all!

Lost Cat

Our BLG book this week was Lost Cat by C. Roger Mader

 Lost Cat

Come and see the world from the perspective of a little lost cat, left behind when her owner moved. From a cat’s eye view, it’s all about the footwear! Every person this cat meets gets named according to what he/she is wearing on his/her feet. Slipper is looking carefully for a new owner. When she finally picks someone and follows her home, it turns out that she has made the perfect choice!

Reviewers certainly differed in opinions this week. Some students raved. Others were a little more reserved. But all agreed – these illustrations were incredible!

Student reviewers respond:

Hyo Min rates this book 5/5 and writes: I loved the book because there’s lots of details in the pages. How old is the girl with the shiny shoes? Why did the author make green eyes for the cat? This book was cool. How did the cat climb up the tree? Is Slipper (the cat) a boy or a girl? This book had a happy ending. It made me feel happy.

Pheonix couldn’t commit to a rating. He writes: I like this book because there was a motorcycle.

Soleen rates this book 5/5 and writes: Mr. Big Boots suggested to the cat that it should go to town and maybe he or she can find their owner. I like this book because it is interesting. The cat is really cute. I like the pictures. Is the cat a he or a she? Why does he/she call people by their shoes or boots? 

Giovanni rates this book 5/5 and writes: I gave the book 5/5 because I liked the picture that said lost. The reds and oranges are so nice.

Joeli rates this book 5/5 and writes: Why did all the people have their shoes, boots, sandals, heel shoes as their last name? Because if you change your shoes, you will have to change your name. So you will have to wear them forever! Why did Slipper try to catch up? Because what happens if he does catch up but there is no pets allowed in there? Slipper should stay at home. When Slipper went to a guy with a snake on his boots, why did Slipper think that it is real? Look at the difference: the one on the boot is coloured yellow. Is Mrs. Fluffy Slippers a Grandma or a Woman? Why did the person with a motorcycle put Slipper inside a basket? Slipper might move a lot and he will fall down. This story has a happy ending.

Vicky rates this book 5/5 and writes: My favourite part was when the cat followed the girl home and then when she got home, she showed her grandma who followed her home. How old was the cat? How old was the little girl? Maybe he will write another book that has an answer.

Calvin rates this book 3/5 and writes: I like the part when the cat meets a man on a motorcycle and the cat jumped on a motorcycle. The man was riding and the cat jumped off. then the cat met a man with a semi.

Sara rates this book 8/5 and writes: My favourite part was when Mrs.Fluffy Slippers was reunited with Slippers. I gave the book an 8 because it has a happy ending and it was funny. I loved the book because it was fun to read. I thought the pictures were well illustrated. 

Kevin rates this book 5/5 and writes: The cat’s eyes are creepy. If I had a cat, I will be excited and call her Mrs. Fluffy Slippers. The cat found a good owner. Does the cat like shiny shoes? I think why they call her Mrs.Fluffy Slippers is because she loves slippers. The cat had a reason to choose a right owner. She doesn’t like boots or shoes. She only wants slippers and shiny shoes. 

Heman rates this book 3/5 and writes: My favourite part is when Slippers found an owner. I liked the cowboy boot with the snake on it. I liked the part when Slippers was riding on a motorcycle. Slippers got lost because Mrs. Fluffy Slippers forgot him when she went to live with her daughter. I liked the pictures. The pictures show only the shoes. 

Grace rates this book 2/5 and writes: The picture with the fire and the cat was very powerful. The kitty cat looked very realistic. My cat kind of looks like that. This book is very cute. It is okay. It was nice but not that exciting. the problem is too easily solved. I would like to read a story with not a really happy ending sometimes.