Sunday, June 25, 2017

Monday Reading - All Good!


a few of the found books
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           I tried hard to finish Zusak's I Am The Messenger, but just ran out of time. It's hard to believe I waited so long. I am loving it very much. I am going slowly with Nance's Hillbilly Elegy, and it is interesting!


          I went to the Denver Public Library's big summer sale last Wednesday and wrote about one poetry book discovery here! I came home with two bags full, my limit! There were so many lovely books, but had to stop!

Here's the few I read this week:

        This is a beautiful but also strange story of an island where one small yellow warbler is a people-watcher. Just as humans watched and named birds, it watched and named humans, like a “swift red-capped pitcher” (a baseball player). One day a fog appeared, became thicker until no one could see anything. Others noticed, but only the warbler talked about it. Others soon forgot that it had been different in earlier days. The warbler asked around and watched for humans. It could see no one, until one day a young girl appeared. What they do to lift the fog seems to be a comment on collaboration, getting people to realize something is wrong and acknowledge it. Kenard Pak’s illustrations are magical and wispy, finally opening up into sunlight happiness. This is a story for older children that may bring interesting discussions of its meaning. 



        How can I describe this marvelous book by Tara Lazar but to say it rates a 10, is number 1 of the funny and clever books read this year. The interplay of numbers and illustrations by Ross MacDonald hit a "hole in one", and so did Number Eight! See, you'll have to read it to see what I mean. That's my best number play. 
         Summer-filled illustrations by Jaime Kim of people, mostly kids, having all the fun we imagine, from ice cream, flip-flops and going to the lake to my favorite lines by Tom Brenner describing “when daylight pushes back bedtimes” and “When every day is like a Saturday”, here IS summer. There are also Independence Day parades and s’mores waiting. It’s a perfect end-of-school taste of things to celebrate on their way.


           It all begins with a wishing star, and Mom begins to wish for “world Pea, achoo”. The family thinks (and that magic star) hears “world pizza” and the whole world begins getting pizza, pizza dropped on heads, flying through the sky and seaweed pizza, chocolate cherry pizza, pizza with hummus and sushi. People who’ve previously been grumpy or fighting decide it’s much more fun to get together, and eat pizza! Illustrations show the whimsy of this, but also the wonderful idea that getting together over food just might get what Mom really wanted. It’s great.

18 comments:

  1. The Fog was a title I am still musing over. Really liked it and want to see kid reaction. Hope you are doing well - I have been away from this community for the last 5 weeks and am thrilled to be back and catching up with everyone!

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    1. I've missed you, figured end of school, beginning of summer was just too busy, Carrie! They say The Fog is for young children, but I really believe it's for older ones. It is beautiful and a bit mystical. Thanks!

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  2. I enjoyed Hillbilly Elegy. It gave me some things to think about. And Then Comes Summer sounds sweet. Summer is my favorite season and I love those lines you picked out. Thanks for sharing. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa, I'll read more of Hillbilly Elegy this week I know. Here Comes Summer is a lovely celebration; you'll love it!

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  3. I'm going to have to look for The Fog and World Pizza. Both of those have been on my To Read list for a while! Hope you're having a great summer!

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    1. Thanks, Jana, my summer is going great, just busy. Enjoy those two. They are good!

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  4. Thanks for new read ideas...The Fog and World Pizza are now reserved at my library!

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    1. Terrific, Katie. Both are good, and clever, too!

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  5. The Fog looks perfect! My sis and I have taken up some light bird watching after her trip to Costa Rica. I can't wait to peek at this one. Also, who could say no to World Pizza? I'll be seeking this one out as well. Thanks Linda!

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    1. You're welcome, Kendra. I'll look for your own view of The Fog, and World Pizza is a feel-good book, but funny too.

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  6. My library doesn't yet have The Fog, but I'm looking forward to reading it anyway. It's the kind of picture book I love best. I'm looking forward to reading what you think of I Am The Messenger. I'm looking forward to reading Zusak's next novel whenever it comes out.

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    1. Is Zuzak writing a new one! I'm so busy, can't find the time to finish! Enjoy The Fog when you can, Cheriee. Thanks!

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  7. The Fog certainly sounds like a fun book and I just finished And Then Comes Summer and loved it. And I'm definitely going to have to look for 7 ate 9.

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    1. Yes, all are good, Alex. Isn't that summer book so satisfying? Enjoy when you can find the others!

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  8. I found Hillbilly Elegy pretty fascinating, sort of a glimpse into the realities of a very different community.

    I've heard quite a bit about The Fog, alas we don't have it at our library yet, but I'm very curious!!

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    1. Thanks for telling me what you think of Hillbilly Elegy, Jane. And hope The Fog arrives up north soon!

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  9. Wow, I love these reviews! Thank you for sharing, Linda :)

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    1. You're welcome! Enjoy the books you can find, Rosie.

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