Etta, Bella, and I are excited to share our reads for another edition of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.
Our Reads This Week:
The Battle of Junk Mountain by Lauren Abbey Greenberg
Shayne lives in Maryland and always spends summers on Thomas Cove with her grandmother Bea and her best friend Poppy. Nostalgic for summers past, this vacation is different. Poppy’s free time is limited because she has to work at her father’s grocery store. Bea is not ready to let go of her treasured collectibles as Shayne is organizing and pricing them for sale at a flea market. Then to her surprise, Shayne develops an unlikely friendship with Civil War obsessed Linc, the grandson of Bea’s neighbor Cranky.
The Battle of Junk Mountain is a definitely a page turner. Lauren tackles not only familiar topics like changing and new friendships but also the serious topic of hoarding. Although she can tackle new situations like banding lobster claws and driving a boat, it is evident that Shayne like Bea is holding on to the past and apprehensive about change. Growing up and letting go is hard, but Shayne learns that change can actually surprise you in a good way.
A sincere thank you to fellow Marylander Lauren Abbey Greenberg for sharing an ARC of The Battle of Junk Mountain with my #bookexcursion group. Look for its release in April 2018. To read my full review, click here.
Beep and Bob: Too Much Space by Jonathan Roth
Bob attends Astro Elementary, a school near Saturn where only the bravest and smartest students get admitted. Bob never intended to go to school in space but his plan of failing the admissions test backfired. Who knew that choosing C for every answer would result in the only perfect score? Each chapter is Bob’s space blog entry or SPLOG with his alien sidekick Beep drawing the illustrations. In Bob’s first SPLOG, he explains how he met Beep, a little lost alien who thinks Bob is his new mother.
Bob’s adventures include getting his tongue stuck to ice on Pluto and accidentally having alien brain freeze sprayed in his eyes, which alters Bob’s personality. His new-found confidence and knowledge propels Professor Zoome to take the class on a trip to a super massive black hole. Will Bob and his classmates survive this dangerous class trip?
Like Lauren Abbey Greenberg, author/illustrator Jonathan Roth hails from my home state of Maryland. Beep and Bob is a humorous and “sporky” transitional chapter book series that I look forward to sharing with students. I was excited to discover that Too Much Space is the first book in the series.
Thank you to fellow #bookexcursion member Allison Stout for sharing her ARC from NCTE. Beep and Bob: Too Much Space along with Book 2 Party Crashers publishes in March 2018.
Featured Dog Selection of the Week
Wanting to spread the dog love, Beagles and Books has a weekly feature of highlighting a literary selection with a canine main character.
Tiny and the Big Dig by Sherri Duskey Rinker Illustrated by Matt Myers
Tiny smells a bone. A BIG bone. So he starts digging. When a larger dog, a cat, and a bird discount his ability, Tiny maintains his confidence that he is strong enough to bring that bone home. Tiny isn’t the only one who is optimistic, for his young owner also believes in him.
Written in rhyme, Tiny and the Big Dig is a story that celebrates strength and determination. This quote sums its theme completely.
Matt Myers’ bold illustrations capture Tiny’s sheer willpower in obtaining his goal-a BIG, BIG bone. Tiny and the Big Dig will be a great addition for #classroombookaday.
Thank you so much for visiting Beagles and Books! Have a great week! Happy Reading!