Monday, March 9, 2015
It's Monday: What Are You Reading?
Once again, I'm joining in with Jen from Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers and other bloggers who share the books they have read the past week.
The imaginitive little hard-hat clad carpenter ants in this picture book had my kids laughing so hard and calling out "read it again" as soon as we finished. So we did! Even my ten-year-old came hovering at the door frame to listen and then climbed into bed with the rest of us! I borrowed this one from the library but they have requested that I buy it. Powerful endorsement!
Wow, wow, wow, I absolutely adored this book! Definitely my current favourite. I finished it and immediately started over again because I wanted to savour it a little longer. It made me want to be a teacher like Mr Daniels, to be that special person who sees past the defences. So insightful and full of memorable quotes. My two favourites:
"People act like the words "slow reader" tell them everything that's inside. Like I'm a can of soup and they can just read the list of ingredients and know everything about me. There's lots of stuff about the soup inside that they can't put on the label, like how it smells and tastes and makes you feel warm when you eat it. There's got to be more to me than just a kid who can't read well."
and the one on the dust jacket:
“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”
Rudger is Amanda's imaginary friend and she is the only person who has ever seen him, that is, until the sinister Mr Bunting comes knocking at her front door. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries and he now he is after Rudger. This story is funny, full of suspense and sometimes plain scary and creepy. Emily Gravett's illustrations are stunning and really bring the story to life. I particularly enjoyed the final few chapters, they took me by surprise!