Last week we finished our Caldecott unit. Today we took a look at the winner, Radiant Child.
Radiant Child is a beautiful book about the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The illustrations were created in the style of Jean-Michel Basquiat's art and look like they are placed together in wood panels. My class found the illustrations and story interesting and they liked the style and use of color (but still felt Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat should have won the medal).
The Twyning is a dark middle grade book about a fight between the world of rats and the world of humans. It's told from both points of view. The book explores issues of leadership and bravery and would be enjoyed by an older middle grader.
What if the life we live is only the beginning of the story? In your second life, there are two opposing sides, and they are at war. The main character, Tenly is wanted by both of them and if they can't have her, they'd rather see her perish and end up in Many Ends, a terrible place of misery, than join the other side. I found this story a little flat but loved the main character. I will read the next book to find out what happens to her.
If you like my reading choices, you can check out all the books I've read on Goodreads and please leave a comment below. It's Monday, what have you been reading?