It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 3/25/13

MondayReadingIt’s Monday!  What Are You Reading?  is a fantastic meme hosted over at Teach Mentor Texts.  Here they have a lot of great children’s book recommendations — and lots of picture book recommendations, too.  Please go check them out and link up with them to share what you’ve been reading.

I’ve been so happy with the books we’ve been reading this week!  Here’s a list of all the new books we’ve read and enjoyed this week. All the links are affiliate links and will take you to Amazon.

New to Us Books for this Week:

The Deductive Detective

 The Deductive Detective by Brian Rock and Illustrated by Sherry Rogers

This is a fun mystery for children!  The Deductive Detective is on the hunt for the cake thief.  Using only his incredible powers of deduction he is able to figure out who stole one of the cakes from the cake contest!  This book led to a lot of discussions among me, my son, and my husband.  I’ll be writing up a full review of this one later this week.


What To Do About Alice?

What To Do About Alice?  by Barbara Kerley and Illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham

I learned about this book from‘s Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday and I love this book!  My son has asked me to read it to him several times.  He’s been asking me lots of questions about Theodore Roosevelt and his daughter, Alice like — “Is Theodore Roosevelt a man?  Does he like dogs?  Is Alice his daughter?  Is she a woman?  Does she like books?”  It’s been a lot of fun.  I’m so glad I discovered this book from


Don't Lick the Dog

  Don’t Lick the Dog:  Making Friends with Dogs by Wendy Wahman

This is a very funny and very informative book to read to my son on how to approach and interact with dogs.  We’ve really enjoyed it.


Guess Again

 Guess Again!  by Mac Barnett and Illustrated by Adam Rex

Just when you think you know what the answer is going to be — you learn you need to guess again!  The whole family thought this was fun!


Willoughby and the Moon

  Willoughby and the Moon by Greg Foley

An absolutely beautiful and sweet book about a young boy, Willoughby, helping a snail on the moon.


The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins

 The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara Kerley with drawings by Brian Selznick

  There are all kinds of amazing things to learn about Waterhouse Hawkins and his drawings and models of dinosaurs.  A truly fascinating read!


Lon Po Po:  A Red-Riding Hood Story from China

 Lon Po Po:  A Red-Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young

Instead of Little Red Riding Hood going to grandma’s house — the wolf comes to her and her family.  It was pretty spooky, but very well done.


The Day Louis Got Eaten

  The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell

A monster swallows Louis whole!  Then another monster swallows the monster that swallowed Louis whole!  Then another monster swallows the monster that swallowed the monster that swallowed Louis whole!  Fortunately, Louis has a very smart and resourceful sister who helps him escape — in one piece.



 Homer by Elisha Cooper

A sweet, sweet book about a dog being content being at home.  It’s a lovely book to read again and again.


Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs Missing Treasure

Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs:  Missing Treasure by Giles Andreae and Illustrated by Russell Ayto

It’s another Captain Flinn book and my son loves this one as much as he loves the first one.  In this one we learned about a Giganotosaurus!


Big Wolf & Little Wolf:  The Little Leaf that Wouldn't Fall

 Big Wolf & Little Wolf:  The Little Leaf that Wouldn’t Fall by Nadine Brun-Cosme and Illustrated by Olivier Tallec

We love the Big Wolf & Little Wolf books.  This one is a beautiful story about two friends waiting for a leaf to fall.


You Can't Take a Balloon Into The Metropolitian Museum

 You Can’t Take a Balloon Into the Metropolitian Museum by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman and Robin Preiss Glasser

This is an amazing wordless picture book.  My son and I really enjoyed it.  I’ve also been pleasantly surprised by the comments my son has made since we’ve been reading this book.  We saw a statue of a man awhile ago and my son said, “Look, it’s Perseus!” which is one of the statues in this book.  I was floored.  I found out there are more books by these authors and I can’t wait to read them.


The Little Jester

 The Little Jester by Helena Olofsson

This book really surprised us.  It’s about a jester that arrives at a monastery one night cold and hungry.  Not only does he entertain the monks, he also makes a picture of the crying Madonna smile.  It’s a miracle!  A sweet and lovely book.


Toads on Toast

 Toads on Toast by Linda Bailey and Illustrated Colin Jack

In this book a fox wants to create better meals for himself.  While reading through some cookbooks, he finds that he should be using young toads.  He goes out into the swamp and captures several young toads.  Just as the young toads are about to be cooked up, the toads’ mother steps in, saves their lives, and introduces the fox to the deliciousness that is toad-in-the-hole.  All the young toads are spared and the fox enjoys a yummy toad-free meal.  The book concludes with a great recipe for adults and kids to try!


FTC Disclosures: I received a review copy from the authors for The Deductive Detective.  No other compensation was received.  The opinions expressed here are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Some of the links in the post above are  Amazon affiliate links. If you click on the link and purchase the book, I will receive an affiliate commission at no additional cost to you.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


    • Wonderful! Have you read: Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up? It does a great job complimenting The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins and it’s the craziest/coolest pop up book I’ve ever seen.

      Thank you so much for stopping by! Happy Reading!


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