Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday5: Guyku by Bob Raczka & Peter H. Reynolds

Today's #Friday5: Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka and Peter H. Reynolds

I love finding 5s in picture book illustrations.

I love this sweet haiku illustration at the end of the book.
Two 5s!
Of course - it's haiku! 5-7-5
It's a fitting 5-find during poetry month.

Visit the official Haiku for Guys Headquarters.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday5: 5 with AJ Smith - Author/Illustrator of Even Monsters

Happy Book Release Week to Even Monsters by AJ Smith!

Today's Friday5: 

AJ Smith, Author/Illustrator of Even Monsters, finished my 5 sentence starters for today's Friday5! 

1. Monsters make the best…. not-so-subtle metaphors for kids.

2. The funniest thing… is everyday life. And you really do have to laugh to get through it sometimes! Tina Fey, Steve Martin, Jon Stewart -- These are funny, funny talented people, but they’re still no match for the comedy gems waiting to be realized on a visit to the supermarket, ride on the subway, or trip down memory lane. It’s all in perspective and how you interpret it, I think.

3. The best part about creating picture books… is the blank page before you begin. This part of it scares a lot of people. But this is where I get really excited. There are no limitations, no rules, and no mistakes at this stage of the game. Only creativity and fun! I’m finding it’s so important for me to carry this “color outside the lines” mantra throughout the rest of the process.

4. Something not many people know about me… I’ve met and worked on projects with Selma Blair, Gary Coleman, Whoopie Goldberg, and Soleil Moon Fry. I’ve been sat on by Lili Taylor, scolded by Cheri Oteri, scowled at by Wayne Gretzky, and had Jon Stewart buy me a beer once. I’m a veritable celeb magnet -- I’d have made a great socialite, were I only trendier, richer, more charismatic, and most certainly better looking.

5. AND One more thing… Books are important. Go buy one for your kids. Read it to them. Lather, rinse, and repeat.

Be sure to check out the Kids' Monster Art Contest and gallery of monster art.

My pal Matthew Winner of the Let's Get Busy Podcast interviewed AJ Smith earlier this week  - which is where I first learned how Glubb's name is really pronounced.

Hear Glubb tell you all about it himself here:

Watch AJ Smith create his characters on an I Love Libraries poster

 Love the little cooties on every page!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday5: Reading Streak - 5 Fab Middle Grade Reads

#Friday5 for March 14th: 
5 Fab Middle Grade Books

Many times when I read a great book, the next book on the TBR pile has a hard time living up.
But there have been a few times where I have experienced streak - a perfect line up of titles one after another.

I remember in early 2012 reading The Mighty Miss Malone followed by The One and Only Ivan, and then Wonder. I felt like every book I started to read was pure gold.

I have had a few of these reading streaks, and the books become connected to each other in my mind.

Rump, The Center of Everything, The Water Castle, and The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp will always be connected to each other because of another wonderful reading streak last summer when I read these titles back to back.

Over this past week I felt I have been on another fabulous middle grade novel reading streak.

Thank you to all the #nerdybookclub folks who kept saying this was one not to miss. You were right!

Magical Realism is where it's at!

Most recently I read The Garden of My Imaan by Farhana Zia
I cannot wait to share this with students in my library.
More books like this please!

And through it all The Bud and I have been reading aloud Mouseheart by Lisa Fiedler
If you ask The Bud to describe his perfect book he would say, "animals who go on a big adventure… with some fighting." Check, check... and check. 
Mouseheart has it all. 

Do you have books you associate with other titles because of reading them back to back?

Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday5: #Top5CheckOuts

#Friday5 for February 28th: 
#Top5CheckOuts at My Library

I love checking IN on my top check-OUTS.
Here are recent (and not so recent) top 5s at my library:

#Top5CheckOuts for the Past 15 Days

1. Doll Bones by Holly Black

2. Locomotive by Brian Floca

3. Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

4. Smile by Raina Telgemier

5. Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze by Alan Silberberg

#Top5CheckOuts for the School Year So Far

1. Keeper of the Lost Cities #1 by Shannon Messenger

2. Smile by Raina Telgemeier

3. Lunch Lady & the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett Krosoczka

4. Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity by Dave Roman

5. Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry by Dave Roman

#Top5CheckOuts for the Past 5 Years!

1. Smile by Raina Telgemeier
(Were you expecting any other book?!?)

2. Out From Boneville - Bone #1 by Jeff Smith

3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

4. Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid by Megan McDonald

5. Stink and the Incredible Super Galactic Jawbreaker by Megan McDonald 

What are the #top5CheckOuts where you are?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday5: 5 Shots of Books at House5

#Friday5 for February 21st: 
5 Shots of Books Around House5

No school again today, so today you get 5 quick shots of books currently living around House5.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday5: 5 (+1) Things about a visit with Brian Floca

#Friday5 for February 14th: 
I finished 5 (+1) sentence starters about Brian Floca's visit to my school. 

Read my 5 (+1) responses over on Mr. Schu's blog, Watch. Connect. Read.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Friday5: Ricky Ricotta Redux

#Friday5 for February 7th:
5 Things to Know about the Ricky Ricotta Redux

By far the most popular item I brought home from ALA Midwinter was an advanced reader copy of  Dav Pilkey's Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot illustrated anew by the fantabulous Dan Santat.

We were already big Ricky Ricotta fans AND big Dan Santat fans at House5, so this was bound to be pretty exciting.

So here are 5 things to know about the Ricky Ricotta Redux:

#1 - Just in case you had book shelves created specifically to fit your Ricky Ricotta collection, the trim size on the new version is the same. ~whew!~

#2 - Same great story, only now with full color awesomeness!

#3 - Giant Mouse Robots… always just plain cool!

#4 - Some Flip-o-Rama sections now have been replaced with graphic novel sequences created by Dan Santat.

after (reminder: this is a photo from the ARC - not final full color art)

#5 - Don't worry, the Flip-O-Rama goodness isn't gone. It's just packed into an epic final battle in Chapter 12. 

Word on the Street:
The Dan Santat-ified versions of the first 4 Ricky Ricotta books will hit shelves in May 2014 with new books every other month after that - including two entirely new books in January and March of 2015!

And that makes all of us at House5 want to go hug a giant mouse robot.

Obligatory disclaimer: All photos of the Dan Santat illustrated version of Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot were taken of an ARC and thus may be subject to change, but probably not, 'cause they're awesome.