It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Myra here.

It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). 

Our July – September 2021 reading theme:

Binge-Read: Book Series Marathon

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We are on the look-out for books that fit the following deliberately-nebulous criteria:

  1. Books that are part of an ongoing series
  2. Themed stories: books that are technically not part of a series, but fit a specific theme – e.g. intergenerational stories, nature-themed stories
  3. Short story collections
  4. Narratives of a similar genre 
  5. Stories written by same author


The Old Truck [Amazon | Book Depository]

Written and Illustrated by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
Published by Norton Young Readers (2020)
ISBN: 9781324005193 (ISBN10: 132400519X) Literary Award: Ezra Jack Keats Book Award 2021. Borrowed from Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.


The Old Boat [Amazon | Book Depository]

Written and Illustrated by Jarrett Pumphrey and Jerome Pumphrey
Published by Norton Young Readers (2021)
ISBN: 9781324005179 (ISBN10: 1324005173). Borrowed from Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

Published one year apart, the Pumphrey brothers are definitely on a roll. Told in an almost wordless narrative, these two narratives depict family, the passing of time, generations of love and caring, rootedness, and connections.

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From “The Old Truck.”

I appreciated the subversion of gender roles in both picturebooks – I love the grandma who fishes in The Old Boat and this young lady who drives the truck fearlessly in The Old Truck. 

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From “The Old Boat.”

There is also a vintage type of simplicity in the narratives, a quiet truth, and the full expectation of all hands pitching in to help – no idle hands in these stories. Both are lovely and would generate deeper conversations in the hands of a skilled teacher facilitator.

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#SurvivalStories2021 Update: 73-74 out of target 100

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

3 comments on “[Monday Reading] A 2-in-1 Pumphrey Brothers Special

  1. Completely Full Bookshelf

    Both of these books look like such beautiful stories! I love the subversion of gender roles you mention, and the illustrations look lovely too. It looks like I can get a copy of The Old Truck on Libby, so I’ll read that soon!

    By the way, I’m not sure if your post went up on the #IMWAYR roundup today. Thanks so much for the great post!

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  2. Those books look absolutely charming with sweet stories and lovely artwork.

    Visiting from IMWAYR #36

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  3. I adored both of these books!

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