Posts Tagged ‘fantasy/sci fiction’

In The Van Gogh Cafe, I was charmed by the stylistic crafting characteristic of Cynthia Rylant’s writing in many of her picture books. Rylant’s use of unconventional constructions pulled me closely into the words – each one seeming to strategic, essential, important. The stylistic achievements gained from these unconventional constructions were obvious, but I noted […]

By Kate DiCamillo illustrated by Timothy Ering This is the first time I have read this novel with the “eye of a teacher.” Upon my more recent reading, I found myself thinking how this book would be a great way to really guide students through the process of understanding author’s craft through the use of […]

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the adventures of Percy Jackson. The fusion of Greek mythology into the modern world creates a highly engaging and innovate story young readers. Being very familiar with Greek mythology, I wondered if this story might be less entertaining to someone without a background on the Greek Gods and their ancient antics. […]



Westlandia by Paul Fleischman tells the story of a little boy named Wesley, who dares to be different. I love how Fleischman characterizes Wesley – he is truly the epitome of the type of ingenuity and creativity that all great inventions and discoveries depend on. Yesterday was National Inventors Day (and also Thomas Edison’s birthday), […]