Sunday, May 6, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading?

I’m joining Jen & Kellee (and many other bloggers) in discussing what we are reading this week. Join us! Go to their site and link up your own blog.

Another crazy week but still got some reading in.

I purchased Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake as soon as I heard about the controversy in Pennsylvania. A school board voted 8-0 to remove it from their school. A parent called it “pornographic.” I think that parent might need to access a dictionary. Censorship makes me crazy so my response was what I normally do – I went out and purchased the book that was banned. Hope to help the author in some way. (You can read about what happened with the book HERE and HERE on the author's blog.) 

My boys and I adored this silly story of a cowboy who is fifty and takes a bath only to have a hard time getting dressed. He was so dirty that once clean his dog doesn’t recognize him. We had a good time comparing the cowboy to my sons, who also have an aversion to bathing. My boys hooted with joy over Adam Rex’s clever illustration, keeping the cowboy’s naked body cleverly covered. What a great reading experience that I highly recommend.

The Prince Who Fell From the Sky by John Claude Bemis was a wonderful surprise. I will be reviewing this one in more detail the week it comes out but let me share this. The story takes place in the future. People, or “Skinless Ones”, seem to have left earth. The forest is home to many animals, including Casseomae. The wolves are in charge but Casseomae lives happily, alone. She longs to be a mother but her cubs are always stillborn. Then one day a spacecraft carrying Skinless Ones crashes from the sky. Casseomae and a rat, Dumpster, find a boy at the crash site. He’s the only survivor. Casseomae takes up the duty of saving this human “cub” and taking him somewhere safe. By doing so, Casseomae is risking her life. The adventure that follows is spellbinding. Again, highly recommend for your middle grade readers.

As for this week, I need to finish up Crow, Invincible Louise, The One and Only Ivan (read aloud to boys), and Talking About Understanding. I abhor reading more than one book at once and this is why. Too many good books I need to finish.

Have a wonderful week of reading!


  1. Katherine
    The Dirty Cowboy sounds wonderful, and like you having heard that it was banned it places would only make me want to read it. Looking forward to your review on The Prince who Fell from the Sky.

  2. I wonder if they have Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg in their library? Pecos Bill is naked for most of the first third of the book.

  3. So sad to hear about the book, but also about the libraries possible demise. Our neighborhood library (why we moved to the are) was recently cut, but our HOA took the city to court & we have it re-opened now, mostly all the time. So many people are wronged when libraries close. Why do others not realize the value of both the books and tech offered to the public for free!? Oh, Katherine, thanks for posting, & the 2nd book does look interesting. Best wishes with all your reading!

  4. I can't imagine how anyone could take a storybook like The Dirty Cowboy and read something pornographic into it! Boggles the mind. Now I feel I need to go out and purchase a copy of my own...a "statement copy"...but the story itself sounds like so much fun!

  5. Just added the Dirty Cowboy to my TBR. Looks like a hoot. Boo to book banners.

  6. I saw all of the hoopla about Dirty Cowboy and added it to my TBR. Just haven't gotten to it yet!

  7. Thanks for the heads up on The Dirty Cowboy, it's a must read now!