Once Upon a Story
March 31, 2014

Happy Monday!

What better way to get things moving on the new site than with a weekly roundup?

Here’s what new in our rotation this week:

Blanket & Bear, A Remarkable Pair

Blanket and Bear, A Remarkable Pair

by L.J.R Kelly, illustrated by Yoko Tanaka

It was the illustrations that drew me to this book, and the inside is just as beautiful as the cover. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as in love with the ending. So I’ll just gaze fondly at the pictures until it’s time to return it to the library.


Not Last Night, But the Night Before

by Colin McNaughton, illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

Nursery rhymes have always been a hit with my oldest, and she loved the cameo appearances of all her favorite characters in this rhyming story.


The Invisible Boy

by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Patrice Barton

This is one of those books that’s beautiful in every detail.  We borrowed it, but I’ll be adding it to my library.  Pay special attention to the use of color to complement the emotion of the text. Amazingly done.


The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark

by Deborah Diesen, pictures by Dan Hanna

The opportunity for shared chanting is great in these books.  I’m not sure my daughter is fully captivated by the story, but she loves being able to “read” along.  They always remind me a little of the Rainbow Fish books.


Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake

by Julie Sternberg, illustrated by Matthew Cordell

More on this book later this week, so I won’t say anything for now 🙂

The next two are series I’m starting with my oldest (who will be 5 in two weeks) :



by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee

I borrowed the first book in the series.  She liked it so much that she couldn’t wait for me to go back to the library to get the next one, so we’re now reading the second-to-last book because we already owned it and it was instantly accessible.


Ivy and Bean

by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall

A little bit of naughty, a little bit of nice, all rolled up into one best friends package.  I think my little reader sees a little of herself in both Ivy AND Bean.


When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

This MG wasn’t one I read with the kiddos, but on my own on the recommendation of several trusted writer friends. I finished in about 3 days, only because I couldn’t stay up all night to read it straight through. The following morning, I hopped on Twitter and sent this message out:

And to be honest, that’s STILL all I’ve got. Just read it.  And then think about it. And then get back to me and see if you can articulate better than I can.

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