It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA!
It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Kathryn at Book Date. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It’s also a great chance to see what others are reading right now…you just might discover your next “must-read” book!
Jen Vincent (I stole the above paragraph from her) at Teach Mentor Texts rounds up the kidlit version of IMWAYR each week.
I only join in occasionally, but I’ve decided that when I do, I’m going to use #IMWAYR to highlight picture books and easy readers by Minnesota authors and illustrators. We have such an amazing kidlit community here!
This week, I read See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog (Candlewick). It’s by two brilliant friends of mine, David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka. I love easy readers, and this is a stellar example. It’s got simple vocabulary, fabulous storylines, humor, and great art. It’s also meta. Yep. The main character, Max, has to defend himself against being called a cat named Baby Cakes (her arrival is my favorite moment in the book), being bitten by a snake, and being sat on by a hippo. Max marshals all his skills and smarts to finally make his way to what he wanted all along: a nap. This is an awesome early reader, and I think I read recently that there’s a second book in the works! What a super holiday gift this would make for your own beginning reader.
Thank you to Candlewick for a review copy!