So I started the post last week with the confession that I had not finished my third book. I teased my mystery book and here is the review for you now!!
The Watsons Go To Birmingham – 1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis, was certainly worth the read! After my professor’s enthusiastic recommendation, I immediately ordered the paperback.
The story follows the Weird Watsons: Kenny (middle child and hilarious narrator of the story), his older brother Byron (aka Daddy Cool, a real “hoodlum”), younger sister Joetta (Joey), Momma (Wilona, a Southern belle who fell hard for a jokester), and Dad (Daniel, a typical American dad). The family lives in Flint, Michigan where they encounter all the normal things all families encounter. First there is Byron and his friend Buphead who get into trouble. There is Kenny who befriends the new kids in school, and proceeds to share what little he has with them. Joey who cries at the drop of a hat and is most certainly the baby of the family.
They do not head to Birmingham until later in the novel. By this time, I have fallen in love with the humor of Kenny and his realistic narration. While they are in Birmingham visiting Wilona’s mother (with intentions of Byron staying with her for the summer), the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing of 1963 occurs.
I expected this novel to be steeped in civil rights history. However, it truly is the story of the Weird Watsons and the crazy, normal things that happen to families. I strongly recommend this Newbery winner to everyone. Thanks for the recommendation Professor!
For my other novel this week, I read another graphic novel. This week I combed through my list and found an all time favorite. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, retold by Eric Shanover and illustrated by Skottie Young, is one of my favorite adaptations of the classic Oz story. Shanover and Young work diligently to stay true to the L. Frank Baum original text. Skottie Young, an artist who works on various Marvel comics, brings a beautiful world to life.
I mean, look at this art work and tell me that it isn’t beautiful!
Definitely read it, and the following books they have completed together, as well. A great into to the world of graphic novels!
Finally, for my picture book this week, I decided to read some Dr. Seuss. The Amazon list includes a collection that includes five books. I was only able to read four of them, but here they were!
The Cat in the Hat – the classic story that started them all. Two siblings stuck inside alone on a rainy day encounter a giant cat who brings chaos, and fun, to the house. Add in one fish who is a rule follower and you have a classic!
Green Eggs and Ham – Sam I Am, I do not like Green Eggs and Ham! This is my favorite Seuss book (aside from How the Grinch Stole Christmas) and I have the book nearly memorized. I did sit and read the book aloud to my corgi though. Yup, nerd city here!
Hop on Pop – I honestly think I never read this one before. It’s cute rhymes and poetic meter would make an interesting analysis of poetry for young readers and writers. This is one I am wanting to own for my own classroom.
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish – I was super bummed out that my local library didn’t have the copy of this classic in stock. I guess someone else wanted to read about silly fish and other silly things this week! Thankfully, I have amazing co-workers who graciously offered their copy for me to read. I actually had offers from no less than 5 co-workers! Thanks to you all for your support of my reading habit!
So, that’s where I am at on my Challenge! I had hoped to read another novel, but with a crazy week at work and a not fun sinus headache this weekend, this is what I read.
What did you read this week? What should I put on the list for this coming week? Which of the “new to me” books do I need to get in my hands? Let’s talk below!