This week's TTT theme over at Broke and Bookish is 10 Recent 5 Star Reviews. I just added a picture book today that just tickled me, so I will count ten books backward and list them regardless of audience:
Playtime by Jeff Mack. Penguin Young Readers Group, May 10, 2016. 9780399175985.
This turn-the-tables bedtime book is laugh-out-loud funny. Adults will definitely not mind requests for repeated reading. I just read this yesterday and will be revisiting it again for a full review soon.
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford. Candlewick Press, August, 2015. 9780763665319.
This multiple-award winning verse biography deserves close reading.
Free Verse by Sarah Dooley. Reviewed here.
In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith. Random House Audio Publishing Group, January, 2009. Tragic with a capital T - this is a book that you read with your heart in your throat and forget to breathe.
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the recycling women of the Gambia by Miranda Paul. Lerner Publishing Group, February, 2015. 9781467716086.
Ever since reading Plastic Ahoy by Patricia Newman, I've redoubled my efforts to recycle and have taken to trying to avoid plastic. It is really hard! I love the solution in this book!
Bird and Squirrel on the Run by James Burks. Scholastic Inc., August, 2012. 9780545312837.
These two crack me up. There are three so far and I've loved them all.
After and Soon by Morris Gleitzman.
These are the fourth and fifth entries in the Felix and Zelda series that began with Once. Once is my go-to book for younger readers who are interested in reading historical fiction about the Holocaust. It's short and accessible. Invariably, readers return asking for more so they go on to read Then and Now. I recently learned that these two were published in Australia but only available here in the U.S. as ebooks and audios.
The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. Amulet Books, May, 2014. 9781419711442.
Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee. Atheneum/ Caitly Dlouhy Books, March, 2016. 97814422825.
One of my 2016 faves! Reviewed here.
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October, 2015. 978054462229.
A must-read! Review here.