Playing Catch Up

Life’s been really busy, hence I haven’t posted in a while. I so thought I would be able to manage working full-time, 9 hours of classes, 10 hours for my graduate assistantship, holding offices in multiple professional associations, mentoring student-athletes, AND maintaining this blog. All of those things and some others have caused me to realize I’m only one person and can only do so much. So, blogging has taken a back seat, but that doesn’t mean reading has. Here’s a brief glimpse at some of my recent faves I’ve read over the past few weeks. I hope you check them out…literally.

Fiction

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs goldie

Written & illustrated by Mo Willems

Published by Balzer + Bray, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-062-10418-2

Format: Picturebook

40 Pages ~ Ages 4-8

Brief Summary

Enjoy Mo Willems’ take on the classic Golidlocks and the Three Bears as a family of dinosaurs sort of, but not really, set a trap to lure Goldilocks into their tidy abode. Will the hungry dinosaurs eat her or can she break free? Rating: 3 stars


Wolfie the Bunnywolfie

Written by Ame Dyckman

Illustrated by Zachariah OHora

Published by Little, Brown, 2015

ISBN: 978-0-316-22614-1

Format: Picturebook

40 Pages ~ Ages 3-6

Brief Summary

After abandoned Wolfie is left at the doorstep of the Bunny family, Papa and Mama fall in love with him, but little Dot is not happy. She misses the attention from her parents and wishes they hadn’t adopted Wolfie. What will she do? Rating: 4 stars

Here’s the trailer!


Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colorsgolden

Written by Hena Khan

Illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini

Published by Chronicle, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-8118-7905-7

Brief Summary

This is an absolutely amazing book! Khan and Amini teach colors and culture to young children in such a beautiful way. The glossary at the end is a huge bonus. I used it while reading to help understand a few words I was unfamiliar with. Rating: 5 stars

Non-fiction

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorillaivan

Written by Katherine Applegate

Illustrated by G. Brain Karas

Published by Clarion, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-316-07029-4

Format: Picturebook

40 Pages ~ Ages 4-7

Brief Summary

How on Earth did I miss this story of Ivan in the news? I’m not a fan of non-fiction, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of how Ivan was captured and grew to become a public figure. The illustrations are so powerful and make this story tug at your heart. If I ever get through my current leisure reading, up next soon is Applegate’s companion novel The One & Only Ivan. Rating: 5 stars


Mr. Ferris and His Wheelferris

Written by Kathryn Gibbs Davis

Illustrated by Gilbert Ford

Published by Houghton Mifflin, 2014

ISBN: 978-0-547-95922-1

Brief Summary

Travel back to the World’s Fair in 1893 in Chicago and you’ll find the first Ferris wheel. Engineered to show up the previous year’s most talked about attraction – the Eiffel Tower – George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. was determined to invent and showcase something that would thrill people just as much, if not more. After winning a nationwide design contest to create a structure that would outshine the tower, Ferris was met with hesitation from financial backers, yet worked tirelessly to make his idea a reality.  Rating: 5 stars

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