I've had a awesome two weeks of reading. I posted earlier about having to get away from reality after reading an emotional draining book about the JFK assassination. I started to reread the Harry Potter series. Well, I found that once I started I had to read through the entire series. Time has not lessened the emotional impact of of any of the deaths in the later books. The still have the same affect on me as when I first read them.
Now onto new books! My public library hold of Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger finally came in! Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I loved all the different examples of poetry that was included in this story of a fishing trip. I thought that it was great way to tell a story by using poetry. The Poetry Tackle Box at the end of the book really helped me, because as much as I love poetry I don't know all the correct terms. I can see this being a real asset in a unit on poetry.
I also got to read another that has been on my to read list for quite a while, Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I just loved how this book was a graphic novel. I learned so much about all three ladies lives and how the overlapped. I was familiar with Jane Goodall and Dian Fossey and the work that they did. But Birute Galdikas was a complete new person to me. I will be looking for a biography to find out more about her and her work.
I also finally set up my profile on NetGalley and began requesting books. I was thrilled when my first request came through. The book was 100 Hungry Monkeys! by Masayuki Sebe. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This book will be published on March 1st. I loved this book. One look at the cover and I knew I had to read this one. In this book you follow 100 monkeys who are hungry, but there is something else following them that hungry too. There is so much to see on each page and also so many objects to look for. This will keep children interested throughout the book. I can't wait to get this for my library!
Another book that I got through NetGalley was I Survived: The Nazi Invasion, 1944 by Lauren Tarshis. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This is the ninth book in the I Survived series. I was a little unsure how this topic would be handled, but I was impressed with how well Tarshis wrote about the Nazi invasion. She does not sugar coat what happened, but didn't dive in too deep for elementary students. This book will be published on February 25th. I'm hoping that Scholastic will have it in the Spring Book Fair because this is a popular series in my school.
A bright spot in all the snow days that I have been having was finding Annette Simon's new book Robot Burp Head Smartypants on my front porch! Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I loved this book as much as her first book Robot Zombie Frankenstein! In this one the robot friends are back and guzzling motor oil, which leads to burping. But just plain burping is not fun for these robots, they have to try and see who can do the most while burping. They try to top each other with every burp, until the end when they both outdone by another. This is going to be a huge hit in my library! I've shared it with a few classes and already have requests to check it out! This book will be published on February 25th too.
I'm also in process right now of reading two books. The first is One Came Home by Amy Timberlake. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This was a Newbery Honor winner for 2014. I haven't really gotten that far into the story yet, but it has captured my interest. The other book that I'm reading, is another I got from NetGalley, The Shadow Throne by Jennifer Nielsen. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. I have loved this trilogy since I first read The False Prince. It is due to be published on February 25th. My only regret is that I didn't read book one and two again before I started on the third. But I had passed on both of my copies to other readers. This book makes me have so many conflicting emotions. On one hand, I want to finish it so I can find out what happens. On the other hand, I don't want it to end! Hopefully I'll be able to share my thoughts on both books next week.