Monday, January 27, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Jen Vincent at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee Moye and Ricki Ginsburg at Unleashing Readers cohost It's Monday! What Are You Reading weekly on their blogs.   To see what others are reading and recommending each Monday, or to participate, be sure to head over to these blogs. Some of my very best reading recommendations come from this pathway!

I got involved in a chapter book that I have not finished over the weekend and I am not yet ready to share it. I was going to let this Monday go by...

However, this morning, I was waiting to talk to our media specialist today and I picked up The Obstinate Pen by Frank W. Dormer. I can not resist sharing this book!  I laughed out loud on the first page, and kept on laughing throughout the book. What a great read aloud for a primary classroom, what a great book for older students to share with younger book buddies, and what a great book for older students to read closely and look for clues about character motivation, contrasts, foreshadowing, and understatement! There are also great craft moves that could inspire students to use speech bubbles, subtle pictures, and precise vocabulary. I am passing this book around and sharing with my TMT #IMWAY community.



  1. I know this book, but still haven't read it, Melanie. I'll see if I can find it at the library. Glad to hear you like it! It seems that you are reading a good book! I'm curious...

    1. I'm not positive about it, but I'm not abandoning, either. I don't usually share books that I'm lukewarm about, so you'll have to wait and see... ;)

  2. Sounds like a fun book. Thanks for sharing!