Archive for August, 2013

This is not a good idea
By Mo Willems

We all love Mo Willems’s work. At school Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus is a book that has to be replaced often because it is so loved. His Elephant and piggie books are laugh out loud funny. My favourite is There is a bird on your head. I laugh every time I read it. Willems captures facial expressions so well that you just can’t help falling in love with his characters.
Well, his latest book is out and I bought it for school this week. It offers so much more than a read aloud to young children. Teachers can use it for examples of predictive text, inferencing, trickery and the list goes on.
The illustrations play out like an old Charlie Chaplin movie. The characters are; Hungry fox, Plump goose and baby geese.
A hungry fox and a plump innocent goose is not a good combination. In fact it is not a good idea to go aimlessly off with a hungry fox. Say no more! Great from preschoolers through to 5 and six year olds.
Such a cute trailer!

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The book thief
By Markus Zusak

This is one of the best books ever and remains a book I shall read over and over again.
The story is narrated by death itself and set during the war. It is a lengthy read but one which is incredibly powerful.
Liesel Meminger lives outside of Munich living a harsh and meager life in war time. She begins to steal books and is taught to read by her foster father. She shares stories from the books with a Jewish man hidden in her basement. But the book is so much more than this and I really don’t want to say much other than read it!!. I urge you to read this before the movie comes out as I am sure you will get so much more from it if you do..
I am so looking forward to the release of this movie. Already, watching the trailer has given me goosebumps.

More than this
By Patrick Ness

A monster calls by Patrick Ness is one of my all time favourite books so I am eagerly waiting for his latest book. In fact I have already pre-ordered it from my local favourite bookstore and I don’t have long to wait now.

“A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place?”
What a way to begin a novel, with the drowning of the main character! What an intriguing blurb.
It is said that this book is an “enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life — or perhaps afterlife — of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.” Only two weeks until publication so I am eagerly waiting for the email to say my book has arrived.

The screaming staircase
By Jonathan Stroud

Lockwood & Co : Hauntings are our business
This is the first book in Jonathan Stroud’s chilling and ghostly new series.

Those who read this blog now and again will know how much I love a good ghost story. This one has been on my list for awhile and I can not wait until it is on the shelves in bookshops. I have been searching in vein for sometime for a trailer to this book and thanks to fellow librarian Zac who let me know via Facebook that it was finally here. And it was worth the wait. Great trailer!

There has been a terrifying epidemic of ghosts haunting the country for more than fifty years now. Lucy Carlyle is a young psychic investigator who begins working for Anthony Lockwood but after a rather disastrous case they have one chance to put things right. They have not option but to stay the night in England’s most haunted house. I can’t wait to see how they manage and just how ghostly things will get.

It is suggested that when you do read this novel – you’ll want to sleep with the lights on!

I really enjoyed The Amulet of Samarkand which I read a few years ago so I am definitely watching out for this one.

Teardrop
Book 1 in the Teardrop trilogy
By Lauren Kate

I love the cover of this book. I love how the blues and pinky purple all merge in the middle highlighting the tumbling, watery dress. Very eye-catching!

Eureka Boudreaux’s life is hard, especially since the death of her mother. She meets Ander but he knows things he shouldn’t and he warns her she is in danger.
There is a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. There is also the old tale of a woman who cried so many tears she filled an entire ocean. But is it an old tale or could the truth be lurking closer than she thinks.
Unfortunately we are going to have to wait until October before this book comes out but that isn’t too far away – really!

For those of you who have read and enjoyed Lauren Kate’s Fallen series then this is also sure to please.

Flora and Ulysses
By Kate DiCamillo

“It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences”.
I was lucky to see an advanced reading copy of Flora and Ulysses and began reading immediately. The illustrations are full of humour and character. However, someone else grabbed the book before I got very far but that is okay. I will buy it when it hits the shelves as everyone should have their own Kate DiCamillo collection.
Flora Belle Buckman (what a brilliant name – I love the way it rolls around your tongue) is the only one with the knowledge to save a squirrel from certain death after he is sucked up a vacuum cleaner. His name is Ulysses and together they learn so much about life and friendship.
This differs a little in style to Kate’s other works. This is a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations artist K. G. Campbell.

Kate DiCamillo is a stunning writer. Her stories move along effortlessly and we find ourselves taken on a journey with her characters.
I loved The tale of Despereaux, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Both books won awards and deservedly so. They are also great read-alouds for a classroom setting of children aged seven up.