Today I’m hopping back across to the first mountain – Elementary Nutmegs.
In a Village by the Sea by Muon Van, illustrated by April Chu. A nice, quiet picture book about family. For the younger end of the elementary spectrum. The setting in Vietnam make this a good multicultural addition to personal and classroom libraries. 2½ stars
Queen of the Diamond by Emily Arnold McCully. Very enjoyable story of a remarkable girl. Be sure to read the notes at the end. This is a subject worthy of further reading! 4 stars
Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon. I was VERY surprised at how funny and entertaining this story is! Based on some more advance vocabulary and the sarcasm expressed by several characters, I could recommend this books for 4th graders. Vernon also wrote and illustrated the Dragonbreath series. Like those books, I’m sure boys would absolutely enjoy the Hamster Princess, but the pink and purple glittery cover may put some off. I’d love to wrap it in brown paper and do a “blind date with a book.” 4 stars
Quinny and Hopper by Adriana Brad Schanen, illustrated by Brad Swearingen. SO GOOD! Well-developed characters you love quickly, feel for and celebrate with. And it’s not a series! Although I wouldn’t mind reading more if the story were as strong as this one. 4½ stars
Skateboard Party by Karen English, illustrated by Laura Freeman. Part of the Carver Chronicles which follows different students at Carver Elementary. This story is VERY relatable – for students, parents, and teachers. Funny with a good lesson for all our kiddos to learn. 3½ stars
Lulu’s Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Viorst (of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day fame) creates another memorable child character. I think we all know a Lulu somewhere in our lives 🙂 Great voice by the author. 3-3½ stars