It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

This week we were told to pick out and read award winning books. Although it wasn’t too easy to find these books, I still enjoyed read them! 

splash of red

I absolutely loved this book! I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I started reading this book. It was a book about a boy who loved to draw and paint but other things in life got in the way of this. He grew up and had to start working and then went to war. At war, he got shot in the shoulder and this led to him not being able to draw anymore. He went through life doing odd jobs and eventually got back into painting and became famous for his work! I loved how this book started out so innocent and then slowly progressed into the reality that we all eventually have to deal with. At the end of the book, it had the real life story of Horace Pippin. I loved that this book was based on a true story and it made it even more personable. I also loved the illustrations of this book!:)


I really like this book! It had great illustrations and a really cute story line. This book is about an alligator who swallows a watermelon seed and thinks it is going to grow inside of him! He eventually spits the seed up and tells himself he will never eat watermelon again but of course that doesn’t happen. I loved how the author makes the alligator so innocent and clueless to the fact that the seed will not grow inside of him. Any little kid would think the same thing and I think it’s adorable. I think this book would be great for anyone to read and would be really fun to read to little kids!

ari and dante

I loved this book! It was definitely not what I had expected but I loved it nonetheless. It was a great story about friendship and adventure and I never wanted to put it down. I really got emotionally attached the characters because they are so intriguing! I would recommend this book to anyone but mostly for intermediate to advanced readers.


I enjoyed the story line of this book but I didn’t like the way it was written. I have always had a hard time following and reading poems and since this one was set up like a poem, I found it hard to pay attention and follow along with. The storyline was sort of dark and depressing so I wouldn’t recommend it to little children but rather kids who are advanced readers and who are a little bit older. 

a dog called homeless

I absolutely loved this book! This book is about a girl who lost her mom and is told from her perspective. She tells about things that she is going through in her life and the trouble she has with girls at school and her dad at home. She always sees her mom walking down the street but no one will believe her. When she sees her mom, she also sees a dog (the dog is real). She pets, plays and feeds the dog and eventually names him “Homeless.” I won’t tell you the rest because it will ruin it but I recommend reading it! It is hard not to become attached to the characters! It was a great book and I loved reading it!:) 


5 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are You Reading?

  1. I absolutely love dogs, and A Dog Called Homeless sounds like a heartwarming story. I can’t wait to find it on my Kindle! I saw a couple other people read A Splash of Red. This sounds like a great story for kids, especially since it is based on a true story. It is just another reminder for them not to take everything for granted. Even your limbs and everything you are able to do with them now. I also have trouble getting into and following along with poems, so I believe that I would struggle with Words With Wings as well. Sounds like you picked some great books this week though. Great post!


  2. I loved your descriptions of all the book. I love reading the summaries of the books I didn’t chose or get to read, and all of yours are that! I want to pick up Splash of Red for sure! It sounds like an amazing story!! 🙂


  3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe sounds like a wonderful book! I enjoy books that are long enough to get attached to the characters. What is this book about? A Dog Called Homeless also sounds like an intriguing book. Is this a chapter book? It sounds like it would be really interesting being told from the perspective of the young girl. It sounds like you had a fun week reading!


  4. The Watermelon Seed sounds like a wonderful book to read to younger students. I can imagine the kick they would get out of it. A Dog Called Homeless sounds like another great book. It would be perfect for anyone who has lost a loved one and is trying to cope.


  5. The one book that I did read on your list was A Dog Called Homeless. I also really liked that book. I was going to read The Watermelon Seed but I did not. I am going to have to read it now for sure.


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