Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon caught me by surprise with humor and some serious character issues. Some of the jokes in this book really appealed to adult readers in a way that reminded me of a Disney movie--Schreck comes to mind! I am definitely giving this one to my nephew who is a tough-to-engage-in-reading third grader.
Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jared Krosoczka also provided me with some good laughs. I still prefer a traditional narrative but I did appreciate this graphic novel. For students who don't love to read, graphic novels provide strong story lines and many opportunities for inferencing and interacting with text. This is another book I will share with my nephew!
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon is hilarious and a great mentor text for patterns. I've been reading the mentor texts for our younger elementary students. My daughters, who are older, heard me laughing when I read this one and they agreed that it is a really funny book.
I finally got to Hound Dog True by Linda Urban which had been on my list for a while. I loved that the main character is a writer and there are many mentor text opportunities in this book to help writers learn to develop characters and weave small moments into a larger plot.
I re-read Wonder by R.J. Palacio with my 10 year-old. If you haven't read this one, it's so worth it. I loved it just as much the second time. As I am writing this post, my twelve year-old is reading Wonder next to me. Occasionally, she chuckles or comments on the relationships and events. An amazing book!
Hard to believe that it's the last week of July. Enjoy your summer reading!