Monday, October 11, 2010
Read-a-thon Wrap Up
After meeting Kate on Friday night and hearing her read chapter one, I just had to go back and re-read this one again. This title is without a doubt my all time favorite Kate DiCamillo book! I completely enjoyed visiting with India Opal Buloni again as she navigated the windy road of forging friendships and discovering that "you can't hold on to anything. That you can only love what you've got while you've got it." This past weekend was the 10th anniversary of this Newbery Honor book's publication.
Bink & Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee (illus. by Tony Fucile) I. Love. This. Book. More importantly, kids will love this book...and want to read it over and over. It's a fabulous combination of picture book, graphic novel, and chapter book all tied into one. It contains three episodes in the life of Bink & Gollie, each have their own distinct, unique personality, who live in separate tree houses of the same tree. The delightfully fun drawings by Tony Fucile are done in black and white with punches of color splashed in just the right places. A pure delight to read again and again and again!
The Dancing Pancake by Eileen Spinelli (illus. by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff). This story is about sixth-grader, Bindi, who is encountering several challenges in her life. Life isn't easy, but Bindi finds a way to deal with the things that are thrown her way - her parents separation, the homeless woman named Grace who visits the restaurant, and even begins to notice that other people have problems too. Bindi is a girl that readers will be able to identify with. Written in verse, this story is a great novel for readers wanting a chapter book, but not wanting to be overwhelmed with the length of time it takes to read one.