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

Tree [Amazon | Book Depository]

Written and Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
Published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers (2016)
ISBN: 9781101932421 (ISBN10: 1101932422) Borrowed from Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

Moon [Amazon | Book Depository]

Written and Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
Published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers (2018)
ISBN: 9781524769666 (ISBN10: 1524769665) Borrowed from Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.

I have always enjoyed Britta Teckentrup’s picturebooks, having reviewed her Under the Same Sky (Amazon | Book Depository) and Cat and Mouse (Amazon | Book Depository). Hence, I was thrilled to find these titles on Overdrive.

I confess, though, that I may not have really had the full reading experience that these two picturebooks demand, especially after noting that these are peek-through picturebooks – the book architecture or cut-outs (if any) are not evident at all in the e-book version.

From Britta Teckentrup’s “Moon.”

While I am generally not a fan of rhyming text, I didn’t mind it all that much in these two picturebooks. However, I also felt that perhaps just one word or a phrase would have been sufficient for each full-page spread.

From Britta Teckentrup’s “Tree.”

The art remains gorgeous though in both books. I suspect that the physical versions of the books would have been even more awe-inspiring.

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).

1 comment on “[Monday Reading] A 2-in-1 Britta Teckentrup Special

  1. Completely Full Bookshelf

    Both of these picture books look lovely! I’m glad the rhyming text didn’t bother you too much, although I can understand preferring more concise writing. And I can see how the physical peek-throughs would have been neat too—I’m sorry you weren’t able to see those in your digital copy. Thanks so much for the great post!

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