Written and illustrated by Benji Davies
Ages: 2 and up
I loved this book! It’s a simple, sweet story about friendship. This is the 2nd book for the boy and his whale friend. In the first Noi rescues the little whale trapped on the beach by a summer storm. Now it’s winter, and his dad’s gone to sea. When he doesn’t return, Noi searches but gets lost too. He crosses the sea ice to find the boat trapped in ice, and his dad nowhere in sight. Noi escapes in deep-sea dreams but awakens to a bump. It’s the storm whale and his family pushing their friend to shore where his dad’s waiting. Winter passes. Spring returns, and Noi smiles every time he looks out to sea and remembers the night his friend rescued him.
Written and illustrated by Jon Agee
Ages: 4 - 8
Grade level: Pre – 3
When I changed my Blog, I found the perfect match for My Reads! I love first lines, and here’s Jon’s: “It’s not easy getting your lion diploma. I know. I took lessons.” Seven stand in our hero’s way. Lesson 1 fails to impress, and so do the next 5. Lesson 7 is his last chance, but our boy shines when he saves his kitten friend from an enemy dog. Our boy is fierce. He roars. He sprints. He pounces to save his friend. He gets his diploma, and a clowder of neighborhood cats. Believe it or not, you too have an inner lion. You’ll find him if you’re ever in danger, or, one of your friends. Here’s to your inner lion!
Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Badness of Badgers
Written by John Dougherty
Illustrated by Sam Ricks
Ages 8 - 12
Grade level 3 - 7
If you love funny books like I do, you’ll love this one! It’s punny and funny, and that’s just the names of the main characters, Stinkbomb (big brother) and Ketchup-Face (little sister). Stinkbomb discovers $20’s missing, and he decides the Badgers stole it. They can’t help it…look at their name, badgers. The kids ask King Toothbrush Weasel for help, but he’s so mixed-up, he can’t tell a badger from a rhino. (He banned the badgers, instead of the rhinos. Sheesh!) A shopping cart is their faithful steed and a song their best weapon. (No wonder! Ketchup-Face’s Blueberry Jam, has 47,777 verses. Egads!) The story ends when the badgers are finally caught. How? In a giant garbage can trap! Interested in singing Blueberry Jam, on key? The music’s at the end of the book. Happy reading…and singing!
Written and Illustrated by R. Gregory Christy
Ages: 4 – 7
Grade level: P – 3
I love this book! Do you remember the Country Mouse and the City Mouse? It got an update! In this version City Mouse needs a vacation from noise. He accepts an invitation to visit his country cousin. Unfortunately City Mouse doesn’t like the neighbor, an owl, or the food, rice, beans, and barley. The cousins decide the country’s just too hot, and too quiet. They hop a train to the city where Country Mouse discovers great music and tasty treats. He’s ready to stay…till a cat appears. Best of all this version kept Aesop's moral- there’s no place like home.
Whenever I read or write, I find a comfy chair with a great view. I get my favorite drink, stretch out, and let the words take me away.