It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen and Kellee from Teach Mentor Texts (and brainchild of Sheila at BookJourney). Two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have inspired us to join this lovely meme.
I’ve been hearing so much about Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books from the Monday Meme participants, and naturally I got intrigued. When Fats’ wrote her review of “We’re in a Book,” I just knew that I have to experience these books for myself. And so while my daughter and I were in our weekly pilgrimage to the library, I grabbed all the Elephant and Piggie books we had in our shelves. And boy, were we blown away! I thought I’d just read it by myself – I ended up reading it aloud with my daughter who loved reading Piggie’s parts. There is brilliance and depth in its stark simplicity. It’s perfect for beginning readers and would likewise be enjoyed by older kids or even adults who are young at heart.
I’m halfway through The Book of Sand and Shakespeare’s Memory by Jorge Luis Borges. It’s a book that requires one’s undivided attention – the language is luscious, but my eyes do tend to glaze over after awhile – I have a feeling I’d let this one go. I have already finished reading Walter Moers’ The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear and I hope to review it for our next theme. Soon to come. I’m still reading Bradbury’s The October Country.