I started my Monarch Round-Up yesterday with my first five randomly chosen Monarch Nominees. Randomly chosen meaning the first ones that I could find through inter-library loan.
So today, my next five randomly chosen nominees.
Contestant Number Six: Brothers at Bat by Audrey Vernick
Of the many all-brother baseball teams, this one ran the longest and has a great, heartwarming story that children and adults will enjoy.
My review: I loved it. It's a great baseball story that's not too long, which is surprisingly hard to find.
Odds of winning: 7-1
Mr. Bud has a great routine, but the addition of Zorro might not be such a great thing.
My review: This quick book presents a simple plot with great illustrations. My dog can relate to the schedule!
Odds of winning: 5-1
Spirals are not only a beautiful shape but also perfect for protection and movement.
My review: It's beautiful and short, great for storytime, but it is not engaging enough for readers to really gravitate toward.
Odds of winning: 20-1
A class makes a gingerbread man and leaves him to cool, but he wants to follow the kids and thus begins his adventure.
My review: The rhyme didn't meter very well and the retelling lacked style.
But, despite being marginal, I think kids would like it.
Odds of winning: 10-1
No one can get into mischief like this character and now she has science to back her up.
My review: I loved it. I laughed out loud several times and I think that readers will relate to her logic and the outcomes.
Odds of winning: 3-1
And that's part two. Hopefully parts three and four will come next week. Although I have read several of the Monarchs before, since they are so short, I am going to review them again, so that means another trip to the library. Not a bad way to spend a weekend!