It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date, and adapted by Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts with a children’s/YA focus. This weekly roundup is a great way to discover new blogs and bloggers, share recommended (or not so recommended….) titles, and add to your ever-growing to-read list.
Happy Victoria Day Weekend to my fellow Canadians!! This has got to be one of the stranger national holidays, but hey, I’ll take it.
I love Earl! This imaginative-verging-on-delusional little hedgehog is one of my new favourite picture book characters. He is absolutely irrepressible, always ready for a new adventure, striding into battle like a charming miniature Don Quixote. Poor old Buddy the dog ends up getting dragged into Earl’s adventures, but he’s such a good-natured fellow, and Earl always recognizes his friend’s contributions to their missions. This sequel is a sweet, charming little book, and I really enjoyed it.
I love seeing beloved classics get refreshing makeovers. There’s nothing more disheartening for a librarian than seeing a child turn up their nose at a wonderful books because they’re turned off by a horribly dated cover. When I saw that the first book in Brian Jacques’ classic Redwall series had a new cover, I was inspired to pick it up and give it another whirl. I was reminded why I enjoyed this book so much as a child – it combined two of my favourite genres: animal stories and historical fiction. Matthias the mouse is a young novice monk at Redwall Abbey who dreams of a life of adventure. When a nasty rat and his horrible army threaten the peaceful animals of the forest, Matthias must follow in the footsteps of his idol, Martin the Warrior, and defend Redwall. A classic adventure tale for middle grade readers.
Confession time….I don’t typically enjoy reading long books. I have a notoriously short attention span, and I’m always losing interest in books and abandoning them without finishing them. A terrible admission for a librarian, I know, but this blog is a safe space, we can all be ourselves here. This book was one of the rare exceptions to my rule, in that I actually finished the entire thing! I do enjoy historical fiction, so it was already right up my alley, and the writing was fast-paced and engaging. Definitely the perfect book for taking with me on a trip to the island by train, bus and ferry!
Hope you’ve all been having a great reading week!!