It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey with a children's version at Teach Mentor Texts.
Last week I finished The Maze Runner, the first book of The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner. I really liked the puzzle-solving take on the dystopian setting. It's also nice to see a futuristic book with a male protagonist, since things have been skewing heavily female in that department for a while. Dashner is a master of the cliffhanger chapter ending, which makes for an addictive read.
Next I started The Scorch Trials, the second book in the series. Without any spoilers, I will say I'm not quite as into this book as the first, probably because it's more episodic.
I also got through some picture book galleys from Simon and Schuster's Fall catalog:
Mice by Rose Fyleman, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
A very simple word book with a cute twist at the end, told with those great Ehlert collages.
Laugh-Out-Loud Baby by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Stephen Gammell
A sweet, very traditional picture book, although I have to admit, the illustrations were at times a little disturbing to me. Gammell has lots of fans, he just doesn't quite connect with me.
Spike, the Mixed-Up Monster by Susan Hood, illustrated by Melissa Sweet
So cute! This will be Spike the store cat's staff pick when it comes out. Some Spanish vocabulary is thrown in, a la Skippyjon Jones.
Boot and Shoe by Marla Frazee
This is adorable; one of my favorites of the lot. Rest assured, it will be on our Storytime list.
Ballerina Rosie by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, illustrated by Diane Goode
A nice story about having confidence in yourself.
Waking Dragons by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Derek Anderson
Simple text with lush illustrations, sure to please the littlest dragon fans.
Nightsong by Ari Berk and Loren Long
The story and illustrations are unconventional in a gorgeous way. I love Long's visualization of sonar.
That's What I'd Do by Jewel, illustrated by Amy June Bates
Another sweet traditional book. The text is obviously based on lyrics, with a lot of repetition. The finished version will come with a CD of the song.
Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman
A great edition to the Bear series, perfect for Thanksgiving.
Tell Me About Your Day Today by Mem Fox, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
A lovely little tale about imagination and play.
Shiver Me Timbers!: Pirate Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian, illustrated by Robert Neubecker
Poetry collections are tricky for me. This would probably be good for classrooms, as it covers a lot of different styles, mostly rhyming.
Santa from Cincinnati by Judi Barrett, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
What a weird Santa origin tale! It fits right in with Barrett's tendency to twist the traditional.
I Loathe You by David Slonim
Another twist on a theme. A funny, cute way to express love without being mushy. Great for little ones who are in the stage where they shy away from lots of hugs and kisses.
I'm Bored by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Another of my favorites. I keep waiting for Black's picture books to get the attention they deserve.
underGROUND by Denise Fleming
A nice science title with enough picture book in it to be a casual read as well.
Who Built the Stable?: A Nativity Poem by Ashley Bryan
A visually gorgeous book, this may have trouble finding it's audience. It is definitely a Jesus story, which may turn off some readers, but it doesn't tell the widely-accepted version of the story of his birth, which could alienate others.
This week I'll finishing The Scorch Trials, then moving on to the last in the trilogy, The Death Cure.
What are you reading?