Elephant and Piggie want to share with you what they are reading….so out of that comes the “Elephant and Piggie Like Reading” series. The first 2 books in the series are written by different authors so I imagine that others in the series will too (I have not researched that). In this title by Laurie Keller Walt and his friends all grow and discover things about themselves..the curliest, the tallest, the silliest…but Walt does not know what he is. That is, until the lawn mower comes by and cuts them all back to the same size. I think that kids who love the Elephant and Piggie series will love this new spin off.
So I will be honest….I hadn’t read an Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems book until this one. I wasn’t against this series, I just knew that enough kids loved it that I didn’t feel the need to read it and could read something that maybe kids didn’t know about. That being said, just through this one title I could grasp what all the hype has been about . This is the goodbye book from Elephant and Piggie…this series is over. However, in case you didn’t know, Elephant and Piggie are now sharing the books that they are reading from authors such as Dan Santat and Laurie Keller. So worth the time to read.
I have been seriously slacking! I wrote about more Otter fun without ever mentioning Otter before…I hope Otter and Sam will forgive me. Otter lives with Otter Keeper and together they celebrate Halloween, talk about school and Otter even goes to outer space…in addition to starting her own school. This is such a fun series with great illustrations. I can’t get enough of Otter.
So much fun! Capt James Hook has died and his only heir is his daughter, Jocelyn. She has been instructed to avenge her father’s death by killing to crocodile. But she is conflicted….she has lived with her grandfather ever since her mother’s death and he has now sent her off to finishing school to become a proper lady. This is an OBOB title for 2016-17 and I think the kids will have so much fun with it!
What would you do if your parents were supervillains? Not every family has zombies living in their basement and not every family has a gyfted kid. The Dread Duo are doing their best to take over the government while still allowing their son, Joshua, to attend school and make friends. One day, Joshua discovers his gyft and his world changes yet again. Book one introduces us to Captain Justice who chases the Dread Duo all over the country. But is a supervillain always a villain??? And is a superhero always a hero?
This was a super quick read and to be honest, before it got added to the OBOB list I had never heard of the book or the author. I love when you find something that grabs you enough that you will want to continue on with the series! I think the kids in OBOB will really like this book.
Historical fiction is not my favorite genre but true to OBOB form, it forces you to try something you might not try…Kate Messner has written some really great stuff (Marty McGuire for starters) and I decided to do this one as a read aloud for library classes. The kids are engaged and asking questions and those who are participating in OBOB are finding information that may be useful. This series is up to book 3 currently.
I’m so so happy that there are Fancy Nancy books for older kids. They love them so. As with the other Nancy Clancy books, all of Nancy’s friends are here as well as her sister JoJo. Nancy is not the best soccer player and certainly not as good as Bree. But Bree is patient and even asks JoJo and her friend to play a bit of soccer with them.
What a pleasant surprise! I have not read anything by Ally Carter before and I looked and looked at this one. I had nothing to read one day and picked it up…finally. Grace is sent to live with her grandfather 3 years after her mom dies. Grace is convinced that she saw her mom get murdered but others think she is just crazy. This left me wanting more. With book 2 set to come out in December, I can’t wait to continue on!
So these titles are both on the 2015-16 OBOB list for the 3-5th graders. I always feel that non-fiction is hard to review and these are no different.
In What Was the March on Washington by Kathleen Krull there were things I learned and things that truly shocked me, but that is maybe the point of historical non-fiction…to get you to feel something. I applaud Kathleen Krull for tackling such emotional and intense subjects. I will encourage kids to read this even after OBOB is finished.
In What Was Ellis Island by Patricia Brennan Demuth,kids will be exposed to another historical time…a time when people fled to the United States in search of a better life….something I can’t imagine. It serves as a reminder for me that our ancestors worked hard for their families.