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Shocking Ending!

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I was at Barnes and Noble this week replacing my copy of Interrupting Chicken that I left for two boys at the Freedom School who wanted to reread it after a rousing read aloud.


While there, the picture book Pardon Me! caught my eye. I sat down at the little table in the children’s section, and after reading the book, I had to have it.

Here’s what I love:

  • - bright and saturated digital mixed media illustrations
  • - hand lettered text that actually gets moved around by the characters’ actions
  • - wonderful opportunities to predict and inference
  • - “Pardon Me” language that offers an opportunity to model expressive reading
  • - the moment when the reader knows something that the main character doesn’t
  • - shocking ending
  • - the chance to teach the concept of “comeuppance”

I don’t want to ruin the ending, so I’ll just say that it’s a big surprise! It made the whole book for me. I read it to my fellow university primary trainers, and they loved it too. I can’t wait to read it to my first graders in August!

Check out the author/illustrator’s blog: http://www.danielmiyares.com/pardon-me/

Daniel Miyares     download

This book would pair well with Bark, George; both have shocking endings.

Bark, George


(Ilustrations were downloaded from http://books.simonandschuster.com/ via Google Images.)

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Quincy & Biddy: Unlikely Friends

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This is my favorite 2014 read so far!!! It’s one of those rare, beautiful, perfect books. You could literally stop reading this blog post right now and just request it at the library: It’s that powerful!

Quincy and Biddy are graduating from their high school’s special education program. Even though they are highly unmatched in temperament, their counselor matches them up as roommates in an apartment. They spend their first days and weeks together bickering and offending each other, but they slowly learn to see the world through the other’s eyes.

Quincy and Biddy have unique and clearly developed voices. They made me laugh, and they made me cry. I came to care about them as people, not just characters in a book. While the book is a joy to read, Quincy and Biddy’s lives are full of painful experiences. The book is uniquely organized; the characters take turns telling their evolving story.

I’ve tagged the book as “New Adult,” which is a relatively new literary category. New Adult fiction features characters just out of high school. These are adult books that tend to appeal to young adult readers. Or adult readers like me who love living in the world of young adult literature.

I think this book would pair well with the memoir, Riding the Bus with my Sister: A True Life Journey, by Rachel Simon (2003).

riding the bus with my sister

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