Beagles and Books is excited to share 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 Recent Reads:
Cogheart by Peter Benzl
Cogheart tells the story of Lily, a student at Miss Octavia Scrimshaw’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies. Posture class and French conversation lessons are not Lily’s cup of tea and while she may have frustrated a number of her governesses, she still can’t understand why her inventor father, John Hartman send her to boarding school under a false surname.
As the story quickly unfolds, Lily discovers that her father is missing after his airship crashed. Since he is presumed dead, Lily is plucked out of school by her father’s housekeeper who Lily knows cannot be trusted. Determined to find her father, Lily puts her trust in Robert, the son of a town clockmaker who with his father’s help repairs Malkin, Lily’s mechanical fox after he was injured. Created by her father, Malkin shares his account of what happened on the airship the night John Hartman disappeared. As she, Robert, and Malkin navigate Victorian London thwarting off dastardly villains and attempt to uncover the truth, Lily discovers family secrets that could endanger Robert’s and her lives.
Cogheart is a book I wished I had read when I was a kid. With dynamic characters, a fast paced intriguing plot, and an enchanting steampunk setting, I was quickly immersed in Lily and Robert’s world. To read my full review and enter a giveaway for your own copy, click here.
Sweety is an uplifting story about celebrating uniqueness. Sporting glasses and braces and having a fondness for fungi, Sweety does not fit in even in the world of naked mole rats. Fortunately, Sweety is blessed with her Aunt Ruth who instills in her that being different is in fact pretty awesome. Author illustrator Andrea Zuill is quickly becoming a favorite storyteller of mine. With the support of family or close friends, her characters (Homer of Wolf Camp and Jasper of Business Pig) embrace their individuality, which is a great lesson for us all. Thanks to Random House for sending a F & G of Sweety to my #bookexcursion group. It releases next month on March 26, 2019.
Waiting for Pumpsie by Barry Wittenstein Illustrated by London Ladd
Since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier as the first American African Major League baseball player in 1947, I assumed that all other teams followed their lead soon after. Barry Wittenstein’s fictional account, Waiting for Pumpsie taught me differently. Finding age appropriate text to teach elementary students about the history of race relations can be challenging. Wittenstein’s narrative which tells the true story of African-American rise to Major League Baseball is a must read because it provides an accurate and accessible account of the history of racial segregation and fight for integration for this age group. Children can easily relate to his Bernard’s disappointment as well as his hope and enthusiasm. To read my full review and enter a giveaway for your own copy, click here.
Wanting to spread the dog love, Beagles and Books has a weekly feature of highlighting a literary selection with a canine main character.
Good Boy by Sergio Ruzzier
Written using only verbs, Good Boy tells the story of a boy and his dog. At first, the boy gives his pup simple commands such as sit, stay, and roll over. The boy’s commands become more unconventional asking his furry best friend to stand, juggle, cook, pedal, sail and build, which the dog has no difficulties fulfilling. After collaborating to build a spaceship, the duo blast off to another planet to interact with aliens. Once they get home and get ready for bed, the boy repeats his command of stay which ends with the best friends snuggling in bed for the night.
I am a huge fan of Sergio Ruzzier, for his words and artwork exudes warmth and whimsy. What I love most about Good Boy is with its concise text and charming pen and watercolor illustrations, Ruzzier beautifully captures the genuine love between a boy and his dog. Thanks to Sergio Ruzzier and Julia McCarthy of Atheneum/Simon and Schuster for sending a F & G of Good Boy to my #bookexcursion group. Good Boy recently published on February 12, 2019.
Etta, Bella, and I thank you for stopping by Beagles and Books. Happy reading!