Saturday, August 15, 2015

Week in Review: August 9-15

Walk Two Moons. Sharon Creech. 1994. HarperCollins. 280 pages. [Source: Bought]
Missing in Action. Dean Hughes. 2010/2015. Random House. 240 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Milo Speck, Accidental Agent. Linda Urban. 2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Railroad Hank. Lisa Moser. Illustrated by Benji Davies. 2012. Random House. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
(Peppa Pig) Best Friends. 2015. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Double Play: Monkeying Around With Addition. Betsy Franco. Illustrated by Doug Cushman. 2011. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Where Did My Clothes Come From? Chris Butterworth. Illustrated by Lucia Gaggiotti. 2015. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Where's Walrus? and Penguin? Stephen Savage. 2015. [August] Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? Dr. Seuss. 1973. Random House. 47 pages. [Source: Library]
Elephant in the Dark. Mina Javaherbin. Illustrated by Eugene Yelchin. 2015. [August] Scholastic. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Board Book: I Love My Puppy. Caroline Jayne Church. 2015. Scholastic. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Ladylike: Living Biblically. Rebekah Curtis and Rose Adle. 2015. Concordia. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Through Waters Deep. (Waves of Freedom #1) Sarah Sundin. Revell. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Lady Maybe. Julie Klassen. 2015. Penguin. 400 pages. [Source: Library]

This week's recommendation(s):
I know it's slightly unusual for me to pick a picture book, but, I really enjoyed Railroad Hank. (I also loved the Peppa Pig book).  


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