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[BHE 184] Launch of November-December Reading Theme – The Butler Did It: MysteREADventure Theme!


Myra here.

Every Sunday, we share the books that have found their way into our hands and shelves – from libraries, out-of-the-way book stores, or our recent travels. This week is extra special as we are launching our new reading theme until end of December – The Butler Did It: A MysteREADventure Theme!


Essentially, we are looking for books with the following themes:

  1. Mystery, clues, murder even.
  2. Mayhem and overall chaos
  3. Missing things, codes that need cracking, puzzles that need solving
  4. Adventure stories! (or tales about butlers?)
  5. Detectives, investigators, sinister sleuthing!

If you have recommended titles, we would be more than happy to know of them!

Library Finds: Borrow 20 to 50 books!

First thing I do when we launch a new reading theme is to hit our libraries here for books that would speak out to me from the shelves. I am just so giddy with happiness that we can borrow as much as 50 books until 31 January 2016! Here are my library finds:


Take Away the A: An Alphabeast of a Book by Michael Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo, The Day I Lost My Superpowers by Michael Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo.


Burglar Bill by Janet & Allan Ahlbert, Boy Saves Earth From Giant Octopus! by Frank Asch & Devin Asch.


Oy Feh So? by Cary Fagan and Gary Clement, Puss Jekyll Cat Hyde by Joyce Dunbar and Jill Barton, big wolf & little wolf: The Little Leaf that Wouldn’t Fall by Nadine Brun-Cosme, Olivier Tallec (Illustrator), Claudia Bedrick (translator).


Help! We Need A Title! by Herve Tullet, Sherlock Bones and the Missing Cheese by Susan Stevens Crummel and Dorothy Donohue.


The Adventure Of The Priory School and The Adventure Of The Dying Detective by Vincent Goodwin.


Eric: The Boy Who Lost His Gravity by Jenni Desmond, Now Open The Box by Dorothy Kunhardt.


William & The Missing Masterpiece and Penguin In Peril by Helen Hancock.

Picturebook Biographies (that might fit our reading theme)


Draw! by Raul Colon, A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson and John Hendrix, The Humblebee Hunter: Inspired By The Life and Experiments of Charles Darwin and His Children by Deborah Hopkinson and Jen Corace.

Picturebooks… just because


Orion And The Dark by Emma Yarlett, And Two Boys Booed by Judith Viorst and Sophie Blackall.


Frank! by Connah Brecon, Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon.


Mr Gumpy’s Motor Car by John Burningham, Banjo and Ruby Red by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood, Train to Somewhere by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Ronald Himler.

Book Gift!


Simply because I have such awesome friends: Sorcerer To The Crown by Zen Cho.

Pansing Books!


I can NOT wait to read this book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and because colouring books are all the craze now: the time garden by Daria Song.


The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness: multiple copies for Saturday Night Out for Book Geeks! Whee!

How about you, dear friends, what books found you over the past several weeks? Do you have any recommended titles for our reading theme?

3 comments on “[BHE 184] Launch of November-December Reading Theme – The Butler Did It: MysteREADventure Theme!

  1. I love this theme! It made me think of two nonfiction picture books I love.
    Tricky Vic: The Impossibly True Story of the Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower, by Greg Pizzoli, tells the amazing and true story of Victor Lustig, con man.
    Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France, by Mara Rockliff, gives us a picture of Franklin as an investigator.


  2. What a haul at the library! I noted that many of your library books are for the younger set and they could sure pull kids into reading! Is the theme for all ages? Where do you list or link your list of recommended theme titles? [Assuming I can make time to prepare a list. :-)] Are they books you will read through December? It is a great theme.
    Happy Reading!

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