This week I two more Challenge books and then spoiled myself and read a choice book! To learn more about my challenge, and to view my list of books, head over to the 100 Children’s Book tab at the top of the page!
The Challenge Books
This week’s Challenge picture book was one that I have been waiting to read for nearly a month! Llama Llama Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney, was a cute picture book about young Llama Llama heading off to bed. However, he keeps getting scared. He calls for his Llama Mama, but she doesn’t come right away.
This is an amazing little book filled with rhymes and gorgeous illustrations. Also, the amazing line, “Please stop all this llama drama and be patient for your mama.” Llama Drama!
My Challenge novel this week was a re-read for me. Mr. Popper’s Penguins, by Richard Atwater and Florence Atwater, is the tale of an out of season house painter who receives an amazing package from his favorite Antarctic explorer. Mr. Popper and his family embark on an amazing journey of having a penguin, then a second, then a whole family!
I know I read this in 5th grade. I remember that I liked it then, but I didn’t remember much about the plot. I liked this book overall. However, there is a twist in the plot that left me loudly questioning the book. My husband actually had to ask if I was okay.
I have a couple of books lined up to read over Thanksgiving. But I needed to read something else, so I decided to spoil myself. I have bought a lot of books this semester that I haven’t read yet. I grabbed one of those and was very happy with my choice.
Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate (author of The One and Only Ivan), is the story of Jackson and his family, and Jackson’s imaginary friend Crenshaw. Crenshaw is a giant cat with coloring just like a penguin, fingers instead of paws, and wisdom for his kid.
Jackson’s family is going through financial difficulties. This is not the first time Jackson remembers becoming homeless. As he realizes that they are going to bed hungry more often, his childhood imaginary friend Crenshaw shows up. Jackson is “much too mature” to have an imaginary friend, but Crenshaw persists.
It was an amazing tale that focuses on this young boy who is trying to be strong and responsible so as not to worry his parents. This is an honest portrait of a family who is facing difficulties, a young boy who is trying to be mature and handle things that are actually very, very difficult, and the comfort that we can find in our imaginary, and not so imaginary, friends.
So that is it for this week. Have you read any of these? Which picture books off my Challenge List do I need to make SURE I read? What did you read this week? Let’s talk below…