What I Am Reading This Week
written and illustrated by Miriam Koch
2013 (Peter Pauper Press)
Review copy provided by the publisher
Don't adjust your computer screen. That is the actual shape of the book. Digby Differs is 18 inches long and 7 inches high. It will be worth the trouble you may have shelving this book. Digby is a sheep that is a little different than his compatriots. He knows this and it makes him lonely. He spends his time in the book trying to find out why he is different and where he may belong in this world. The illustrations are delightful and you will be pleased with the ending. We spend a lot of time in class emphasizing to children to be themselves and not worry about what others may be thinking or saying. Digby would be a good reinforcement of this lesson.
written and illustrated by David Biedrzycki
2013 (Charlesbridge Publishing)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
Now that the back to school leftovers are being moved out of the stores and Halloween stuff is being moved in, it's time to a new Halloween book that is sure to please. Dragon and his best friend like many of the same things including birthday parties, fireworks, and parades. Unfortunately, Dragon does not have the same enthusiasm for Halloween. Frankly, he is quite afraid of it. Maybe finding a "just right" costume will soothe the not so savage beast. This proves to be a difficult task. Being a mummy doesn't pass the "Dad test". Robot and fairy princess costumes are not exactly flame retardant which, not surprisingly, is a problem for a dragon. Elvis would be a great costume for both of them, but you can only have one Elvis. So what to do? After hearing his friend read his favorite book, Dragon comes up with a foolproof idea.
This is a sweet, humorous take on Halloween costumes that young readers will enjoy.