I got the idea to start posting about my weekly reading after looking at Yesha’s “Week in Reading” posts at Books Teacups and Reviews. It is an interesting weekly post with a personal connect and discussions about new books. Do check out her blog–she is an avid reader and a prolific blogger.
I know posting a weekly update will push me to keep reading consistently throughout the year!
Books I read last week
Last week, I read quite a few children’s picture books.
I used to ignore them (for purposes of reviewing) because I didn’t consider them proper books (BLASPHEMOUS!), but after I picked up a few of them and began to compare, I realized that it takes real skill and effort to create a book that will appeal to children and hold their interest. Plus, children are at different reading levels, so what works for a 3-year-old will not work for a 5-year-old. Authors must keep their target age range in mind when writing a book or else it will miss the mark.
I have newfound respect for illustrators and authors of children’s books–and I’m looking forward to reviewing many more of them.
Here are the books I read last week:
Little Bit & Big Byte, A Day at the Beach and Go Green by Craig Feigh
Booktasters connected me with the author of these picture books: Book 1 (A Day at the Beach) [full review] and its sequel, Book 2 (Go Green) [full review]. The first one aims to teach computer and Internet basics to preschoolers. The second one teaches children about being less wasteful and more mindful of the environment.
There is a vast difference in the quality of the books. It looks like the author and illustrator took feedback for Book 1 and produced a much better sequel.
In terms of readability and quality of illustrations, Book 2 is very good.
There isn’t much of a story in Book 2; it is more instructive about how children should learn useful habits such as turning off the tap and the lights. Book 1 has an adventurous tale, but I felt that the material was too advanced for its target age range (4 years and up).
Nevertheless, both books are really good and impart life lessons in a story format.
When the Squirrel Sings and Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat by Shana Hollowell
I picked up two other picture books, both authored by Shana Hollowell and illustrated by Jennifer Finch, from Sandra’s Book Club. So cute and so sweet, these books were ideal for very young children.
Targeted at ages 3-5 years, the books are pure joy to look at and read. Bright, pleasant pictures and delightful rhyming verse–my son lapped them up!
When the Squirrel Sings encourages children to go outside and play and appreciate nature, whereas Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat teaches children about animals, their food and where they live.
I feel children as young as 2 years will also enjoy these books because they have immense visual appeal.
Little Mouse’s Sweet Treat: full review
When the Squirrel Sings: full review
A Bit Too Much by Johnny Clack
This book was too realistic and dispiriting–it follows the life of a young man who loses job after job to automation, robots, and AI. He does not have an advanced college degree, so he isn’t able to get a high-skilled, high-paying job. In the end, fed up of being pushed around by the powers-that-be, he fights back in the only way he knows how.
I got an ARC of this book from Reedsy Discovery–the platform has some great indie books! My review will be posted on March 04.
We Are Animals by Tim Ewins
I’m reading this book as part of a blog tour organized by Rachel’s Random Resources. I’ve just finished it, and it is unlike anything I’ve read before. The genre is humorous fiction and the story is primarily set in Goa, India and Fishton, England. The characters travel a lot across the world and we get to see glimpses of many places, big and small.
My spot on the tour is on March 08–watch out for my review!
What I Plan to Read Next
This week, I have planned to read the following books:
Unlucky Chumki by Lesley D. Biswas
I bought this children’s book after I followed the author, Lesley Biswas, on Twitter, and found the details on her bio. It has an interesting theme–a girl is considered unlucky due to certain reasons.
Arnold Falls by Charlie Suisman
An ARC from Reedsy Discovery, I picked this up because the blurb said that the story tips its hat to P.G. Wodehouse, one of my favorite authors. The cover art is attractive, too. Let’s see how it goes.
All the Beautiful Liars by Sylvia Petter
I’m reading this book as part of a blog tour by Rachel’s Random Resources. My stop is on March 20.
Wish me luck on my reading journey! 🙂