Sunday, September 15, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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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. 

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  1. I will have to take a look at the Mozart book. National Geographic has done some very nice photobiographies, so I'm curious how they handled this one.

  2. Love that Anna Hibiscus - I will need to get my hands on this new one.

  3. Digby Differs! Sounds like another title to look out for as I introduce the concept of diversity and inclusion to my trainee teachers. I love books like these - but I know what you mean about the shelving problem which might turn off quite a bit of librarians and teachers from getting it. Have a great reading week ahead of you, Jeff!