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Reading Corner: Summer Book List

June 1, 2016

Probably this is going to be the List number 1 for this Summer vacations.

But what a great List!

From 0 to 100, take a look and let me know what do you think!

I love reading… I love books!

Nothing new in there for those who know me.

But getting a huge bundle of books is like a Christmas in May/June!

One of the things I am teaching RJ since he was a tiny baby, is grabbing a book and read.
As a toddler he really appreciates a book, even is he chews it or rip a page (ouch), he sometimes picks the book and stares to the book, maybe imagining something in his little mind. He can go to my library and play with the books piling them (or running away with them) but he knows how precious they are.

So today I am bringing you a little List for this Summer, I… I mean RJ loved receiving them and I thought you could do to.

—————- From 0 to 6 years —————-

Charley Harper’s Board Book Bundle by Zoe Burke (From Pomegranate)
Charley Harper was an North American Modernist artist, and his best known work is the high stylization of wildlife. 
Zoe Burke was brilliant to use his works while making these educational books for our little ones. Brilliant work and brilliant books, introducing knowledge to children while letting them know a bit of modern art.

Charley Harper’s Count the Birds by Zoe Burke.
Great Book, sturdy pages perfect for little hands to start to understand and count. With great colours, brilliant and wonderful images and understandable words. From 0 to 6 years old (or older).

Charley Harper’s Animal Alphabet by Zoe Burke.
Great Book, sturdy pages perfect for little hands to start to read and know the alphabet through animal names. With great colours, brilliant and wonderful images and understandable words. From 0 to 6 years old (or older).

Charley Harper’s Book of Colors by Zoe Burke.
Great Book, sturdy pages perfect for little hands to learn the colors and start to read. With great colours, brilliant and wonderful images and understandable words. From 0 to 6 years old (or older).

—————- From 3 years —————-

Swashbuckle Lil by Elli Woollard (from Pan Macmillan) 
Lil is a pirate, a good sort of pirate, and when there is someone to save,
she’ll do what is right (if it takes her all night). Yes, she’ll always be bold and be brave.

When evil pirate Stinkbeard tries to kidnap Lil’s teacher, it’s up to schoolgirl and secret pirate, Lil, to come to the rescue. In story two it’s sports day, but there’s a very hungry croc on the loose. Can Lil and her trusty parrot, Carrot, scare Stinkbeard and his pet croc away?

Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate, by author Elli Woollard and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, is the first in an exciting series with two rip-roaringly rhyming, brilliantly illustrated stories in each book which make the perfect transition from parent-led to independent reading.

Being a Captain is a Hard Work by Carole P. Roman (A Captain No Beard series) 

Captain No Beard is determined to travel to Dew Rite Volcano. 
He won’t listen when Mongo predicts a storm or Linus indicates they are headed in the wrong direction. 
He insists Polly cook in the galley even though the seas are getting rough. What’s a crew to do with a stubborn, know-it-all captain? 
Will they convince the captain he is barreling headlong into danger, or will Captain No Beard jeopardize both his safety and the crew’s with his single-minded determination to go where he wants?

From the series of Captain with no Beard, this wonderful book full of adventures gives a lesson on stubbornness. Your child will definitely pay attention and understand the lesson in this book.

The Giant of Jum by Elli Woollard and Benji Davies (from Pan Macmillan) 
Fee!” he said, and “Fi!” he said, and “Fo!” he said and “Fum!”

Look out children, the Giant of Jum is grumpy and hungry and he’s off in search of a tasty snack. And the tastiest of all is a boy known as Jack! But Jack and his friends don’t see a scary giant, they see a magically tall man – a man who can fetch lost balls and rescue cats from trees! Perhaps this hungry giant is softer than he seems…

An incredible rhyming text and a brilliant, big-hearted twist on a classic fairy tale, this book sees the launch of a major new picture book pairing: the uniquely talented author and poet, Elli Woollard, and award-winning illustrator, Benji Davies.

Also contains an important message for all: don’t eat kids, eat cake!

The Giant of Jum is a wonderful books full of lessons and friendship. Absolutely wonderful images full of color and a must have in your child library, plus there have Activity Sheets with cool and fun things to do:

  1. Activity Sheet 1
  2. Activity Sheet 2
  3. Activity Sheet 3

The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight by Elli Woollard and Benji Davies (from Pan Macmillan) 

When a kind young boy helps a strange-looking bird, a beautiful friendship forms. But what these two friends don’t realise is that one is a young knight . . . and the other a young dragon! What will they do when they discover they are enemies and destined to FIGHT?

The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight is a bold, funny and heartwarming story from a perfect picture book pairing; the uniquely talented Elli Woollard and award-winning Benji Davies.

—————- From 8 years —————-

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly by Mega writer Rachel Renee Russell (from Dork Diaries series) – Available June 7!

Max Crumbly is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been: South Ridge Middle School.

There’s a lot that’s great about his new school, but there’s also one big problem—Doug Thurston (aka Thug), the school bully whose hobby is stuffing Max in his locker.

If only Max could be like the hero in his favorite comics. Unfortunately, Max’s uncanny, almost superhuman ability to smell pizza from a block away won’t exactly save any lives or foil bad guys.

But that doesn’t mean Max won’t do his best to be the hero his school needs!

Max Crumbly series is much awaited by all Dork Diaries fans (including me) but Max will be a cool hero since normally Dork Diaries were a much “girly” book, Max will be the boys Dork and will be loved for sure. All the books are readable by anyone, girl or boy, but I understood the fact of Rachel Renée Russell creating a male hero. Yes I do have a copy (1st edition) that is not in the market and will cherish it, because mark my words: Max Crumbly will be a long series of books for many and many years!

Katy by Jacqueline Wilson
What can I say? It’s Jacqueline Wilson.

Katy (2015) is a children’s book by author Jacqueline Wilson. It is a modern day retelling of What Katy Did.

Katy has five younger siblings. She’s brilliant with them but she’s also a daredevil. She’s a fan of skateboarding and adventures. 
She loves the feeling of soaring upwards and has happy memories of her deceased mum pushing her on a swing. 
But after a horrible accident her spirit sinks to the lowest point. Katy wonders if she’ll ever be able to feel like flying again.

Katy is a strong story pushing the emotions of children and YA. Might make a tear or two come out.

Rent a Bridesmaid by Jacqueline Wilson
Tilly can’t believe it when her best friend Matty is asked to be a bridesmaid. 
In Tilly’s favourite daydream, she’s kitted out in the most beautiful bridesmaid dress, walking down the aisle behind a beautiful bride. 
The one wedding she’d really like to attend is her own mum and dad’s. 
But as that’s never going to happen, it’s time for Tilly to make her own dream come true – and put her bridesmaid services up for hire . . .

Rent a Bridesmaid brings the romantic idea that most of the girls would love to happen (and will) and is such a girly thing to revive (if you’re older of course), it’s a fabulous, funny and moving story about the power of friendship from the mega-bestselling author of Tracy Beaker, Hetty Feather and Katy. Full of beautiful illustrations by much-loved illustrator, Nick Sharratt.

—————- Teens / YA —————-

Geek Girl Head over Heels by Holly Smale (Geek Girl Series by Harper Collins)
“My name is Harriet Manners, and I will always be a geek.”

The fifth book in the bestselling, award-winning GEEK GIRL series.
Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

She knows duck-billed platypuses don’t have stomachs.
She knows that fourteen squirrels were once detained as spies.
She knows that both chess and snakes and ladders were invented in the same country.

And for once, Harriet knows exactly how her life should go. She’s got it ALL planned out. So her friends seem less than happy, Harriet is determined to Make Things Happen!
If only everyone else would stick to the script…
But is following the rules going to break hearts for GEEK GIRL?

Head over Heels is once more a superb book by Holly Smale. Geek Girl bring the best (or not) of the Teenage Years and shows you what everyone should know: Having knowledge is IN FACT a cool thing, being a Geek is fashionable, which means Brains are beautiful!
Excellent, fun and really teaches you a couple of things, Geek  Girl series are a great gift!

—————- YA and Adults —————-

Now here is a cool thing!

Myriorama by Mr. Clark (by Pomegranate)

I was at first intrigued on what a Myriorama was.

What is a Myriorama?
Myriorama originally meant a set of illustrated cards which 19th century children could arrange and rearrange, forming different pictures. Later in the century the name was also applied to shows using a sequence of impressive visual effects to entertain and inform an audience. The word myriorama was invented to mean myriad pictures, following the model of panorama, diorama, cosmorama and other novelties. These were all part of a wider interest in viewing landscape as panorama, and in new ways of presenting “spectacular” scenes.

The early myrioramas were cards with people, buildings, and other images on compatible backgrounds, and could be laid out in any order, allowing a child to create a variety of imaginary landscapes. Jean-Pierre Brès, a French children’s writer, published an early version which he described as a polyoptic picture (tableau polyoptique) in the early 19th century, and John Clark of London took up the idea and designed a set of cards he called a myriorama.

The story is yours for the making!
Through the idyllic countryside, across the moors of yore, amid the Gothic ruins, and down a cottage lane—no matter how you place the panels from this classic myriorama, a seamless scene awaits.
In the mid-1820s, enterprising London publisher Samuel Leigh enlisted John Heaviside Clark to create this sixteen-plate myriorama. Clark painted scenes representing no particular place but instantly understood as British. The result was a sophisticated toy that brought delight to ladies and gentlemen in drawing rooms throughout Britain. Thanks to a copy of the original that resides at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, this antique is back!

How it works
Lay panels side by side to create your own landscape. Construct specific scenes with a few panels, or bring them all together to create a narrative filled with the twists and turns of country life in the early nineteenth century. Use the numbers on the bottoms of the panels to record and recreate your favorites. The options are nearly endless—20,922,789,888,000 arrangements in all!

What I think of Myriorama by Pomegranate
I am still exploring it and loving it. I love the old drawings and paintings since I can remember, with Idyllic images that unfortunately today are filled with concrete. This was an excellent surprise and I learned a lot.

You have 16 panels to mix and swap. Create seamless vintage scenes in nearly endless arrangements.
Panels: 3 x 8¾ in. Box size: 6½ x 9¼ x 1 in.
Published with the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

What do you think of this List for this summer vacations?

Which Book of The Summer List would you like to read?

Which Book on this Summer List would you like to read?

Cherio #Summerbooks

Thank you to Pomegranate UK, Harper Collins, PanMacmillan, Jaqueline Wilson, Rachel Renee Russell and Carole P. Roman.
My opinion is Honest and Unbiased

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