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!