#IMWAYR -Sept 26, 2016

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. The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. These weekly roundups are a great way to discover new blogs and bloggers, share titles, and add to your ever-growing to-read list.


So, I’ve been in a bit of a recreational reading slump recently – no reason, really, I just haven’t been able to find the right book to engage me and keep me interested. I have discovered a few new-to-me picture books that I’d love to share, though, so it’s not been a wasted week!

I also got to explore Word Vancouver, “Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading”, and I had the chance to discover some new-to-me B.C.-based writers, illustrators and publishers, which is always exciting! Maybe there will be a few new Reading Staycation posts coming up in the next few weeks…!!! 😉 So exciting to be able to support local creators and independent businesses – it’s not easy being a smaller fish in the big book ocean.

Mad About Monkeys is a mod new take on a children’s nonfiction text, packed full of swishy, eye-catching illustrations and interesting simian facts, all put together in an incredibly stylish package.


I’m in love with pretty much everything Flying Eye Books produces – they typically manage to create books that are visually stunning, without sacrifices quality for style. Like I mentioned, this is a beautiful book, but it’s doesn’t skimp on the information either, and offers your standard nonfiction text features, including a table of contents and an index. Best of both worlds, really.


On the completely other end of the picture book spectrum, we’ve got All for a Dime, which is so freaking adorable I just want to eat it all up. So cute!!


Bear, Mole and Skunk are ready for the farmer’s market, each laden with wares to sell. Unfortunately, Skunk and Mole have decided to sell products with a rather niche market, and wind up being their own best customers. In the end, Bear is the only one to make a profit at market, and he uses his dimes to buy ice cream to share with his friends. Economics 101 this ‘aint, and none of these characters are great entrepreneurial role models, but the spirit of sharing and caring is strong in this one, making for a sweet story of friendship.

Finally, I faced my fears of creepy crawlies and explored Angela DiTerlizzi’s Some Bugs (be sure to check out The Book Wars in the next few weeks for a more in-depth look).


The gentle rhyming text works beautifully as a read-aloud, and the googly-eyed little insects are just so expressive and adorable. I wish real insects were this cute….not to mention spiders…*shudder*…so not cute….

raccoonA wonderful picture book to inspire a sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural world, and lots of fun to share and explore.

So, hope everyone has a great reading week, and try to stay dry if you’re in a grey, dreary, soggy part of the world like me!


32 thoughts on “#IMWAYR -Sept 26, 2016

  1. Thanks for sharing Mad About Monkeys. New-to-me title, and I loathe monkeys, so I would never pick this book up ordinarily, but the spread you shared is awesome. Looks like a must-have for my collection. And I will gladly send you some of our incessant sun for some of your rain and clouds! I love where I live, but I certainly would appreciate a few more cloudy days!


    • Yes, Monkey and Me is definitely a stylish take on nonfiction, something a bit out of the ordinary and quite refreshing. Yes, I’ll take some of that sunshine, please! We’ll be dreaming of it here for the next few months, though it does make for good reading weather.


  2. I would have loved Mad About Monkeys and Some bugs when I was a child. All the non-fiction picture books I remember for kids were photo books, and not nearly as exciting as the illustrated fiction ones.
    Bibliophile @ Reading in Reykjavik (commenting through my WordPress account).


  3. I’m always happy with the Flying Eye Books, too. And having helped my daughter-in-law many times with the farmer’s markets, I’m afraid the premise of the second book is often true!

    Thanks for sharing these.


  4. Ahh! Mad About Monkeys looks delightful! I keep thinking Kellee would really like it. She is most certainly mad about monkeys (and apes and…well all of the related counterparts). Thanks for sharing these great books with us!


  5. Love the illustrations in Some Bugs! Also like the look of Mad About Monkeys – I’ve been getting in to educational children’s books that are really appealing to the eye lately; I read them myself now, and then put them aside for when my toddler is a bit older. I’ll have to look in to this one. Thanks for sharing, I hope your reading week improves, a slump is never fun!


  6. Some Bugs looks adorable and is going on my Wish List for my little girl! I am always on the lookout for good books for her and I hope that one day she loves books just as much as I do!

    Thanks for sharing and hope you have a great week and get out of the reading slump!


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