TBR Pile: May 2017

Image credit: Green Green by Marie & Baldev Lamba, ill. Sonia Sánchez (FSG, 2017).

Hooray for May! Apparently it’s a big month for Mo Willems—new board book, new collection, new “Elephant & Piggie Like Reading” book. But Jerry Pinkney is also back with a retelling of one of my absolute favorite fairytales. And then there are all of these other exciting new titles! Who needs pretty flowers when there are all these pretty new books to smell? (I can think of one or two that might even get eaten…)

Board Books:

Willems, Mo. Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals. (5/30/17)

1 star. A parenting class from Mo? Yes, please!

Picture Books:

Dormer, Frank W. Firefighter Duckies! (5/30/17)

1 star. Loved last year’s The Sword in the Stove and I can’t wait to try this one at storytime.

Edwards, Karl Newsom. I Got a New Friend. (5/23/17)

1 star. Just look at the cover and you’ll fall prey to the cuteness.

Gray, Kes & Claire. Dog on a Frog? illus. Jim Field. (5/30/17)

0 stars. Calling all phonologic awareness nerds: THERE’S A SEQUEL.

Lamba, Marie & Baldev. Green Green: A Community Gardening Story. illus. Sonia Sánchez. (5/9/17)

0 stars. This book is just so Eugene. And it reminds me of my friend Emma.

Pinkney, Jerry. The Three Billy Goats Gruff. (5/9/17)

4 stars. Who’s that trip trapping over this story!? Only one of the greatest storytellers of all time.

Robinson, Michelle. And the Robot Went… illus. Sergio Ruzzier. (5/2/17)

0 stars. I am always waiting for the perfect robot book for storytime. Will this be it?

Rubin, Adam. Dragons Love Tacos 2. illus. Daniel Salmieri. (5/2/17)

0 stars. This.

Snicket, Lemony. Goldfish Ghost. illus. Lisa Brown. (5/2/17)

0 stars. It’s like The Graveyard Book but with pets? I can dig it. I like macabre stuff.

Yaccarino, Dan. Morris Mole. (5/2/17)

1 star. I am a huge fan of Yaccarino’s geometric graphic style.

Early Readers:

Harper, Charise Mericle. The Good for Nothing Button. (5/2/17)

0 stars. Will it live up to the other two stellar titles in the series?

Willems, Mo. An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! (5/2/17)

0 stars. I grew up with a collection like this of Seuss’s stuff. I wish it had been a collection of Elephant & Piggie. Now kids could have BOTH.

Juvenile Fiction:

Anderson, John David. Posted. (5/20/17)

3 stars. Last year’s Ms. Bixby’s Last Day certainly struck a chord with me. I have high hopes (and possibly tissues at the ready) for this.

Bird, Betsy. Funny Girl. (5/9/17)

1 star. I really like Betsy Bird and I really like the women who contributed to this collection. Plus, we could all use a bit more humor.

Edge, Christopher. The Many Worlds of Albie Bright. (5/30/17)

0 stars. When his mom dies, Albie hops from parallel universe to parallel universe to find her. This book is a recipe for tears. And yet I get the feeling it’s perfect for me…

Lisle, Janet Taylor. Quicksand Pond. (5/16/17)

2 stars. I’ve gone back and forth about this book. It seems so quiet and yet it tackles inequalities in the justice system—a topic that is loud and important and relevant. I’ll give it a chance.

Wolk, Lauren. Beyond the Bright Sea. (5/2/17)

1 star. I didn’t read Wolf Hollow yet but I’m sensing that Wolk is someone to watch. This is me watching.

Juvenile Nonfiction:

Elton, Sarah. Meatless? A Fresh Look at What You Eat. illus. Julie McLaughlin. (5/16/17)

0 stars. Been thinking more and more about my plans to raise a vegetarian family, so I’m curious to see if this book is actually any good.

Young Adult Fiction & Nonfiction:

Abdel-Fattah, Randa. The Lines We Cross. (5/9/17)

2 stars. This Australian novel tackles issues of immigration and Islamophobia, but there’s a love story here, too. I’m interested in the side I don’t agree with.

Menon, Sandhya. When Dimple Met Rishi. (5/30/17)

1 star. #OwnVoices? Check? RomCom? Check. Adorable cover photo? Check. I’m so ready for this book.

Uwiringiyimana, Sandra. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child. (5/16/17)

0 stars. This title commanded my attention. This isn’t a book I would usually read but I think it’s one that deserves to be read.

Wein, Elizabeth. The Pearl Thief. (5/2/17)

3 stars. I remember reading Code Name Verity in grad school and having such great discussions about it. Wein is a masterful storyteller.

Graphic Novels:

Hale, Shannon. Real Friends. illus. LeUyen Pham. (5/2/17)

2 stars. I honestly haven’t read much of Hale’s work but I LOVE LeUyen Pham. (I probably should finally read their other collaborations, huh?)

Siegel, Mark and Alexis Siegel. The Sand Warrior. illus. Xanthe Bouma. (5/2/17)

0 stars. Big names, big expectations… I have some misgivings but I’m in need of a new graphic novel series to talk up.

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