It is a new month and thus a new round of parent/child book club books. This month we are reading Smile by Raina Telgemeier for the Mother/Daughter Book Club and Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby for the Mother/Son Book Club.
Smile is a book that I have wanted to read for a long, long time. In fact, every time I tried to get the book there was a hold list so long that I knew I wouldn’t be able to get it right away. And then I felt guilty putting my name on the hold list when I knew so many kiddos were waiting for their chance to read the book. Well, I am happy to say that when I finally read Smile, it was as wonderful as I thought it would be! This story is a sort of memoir of Raina Telgemeier’s experience knocking out her two front teeth and getting braces (and all the while figuring out who she is and who her friends are). Seriously, this is a good book and has a lot that we can talk about in February.
Icefall is a book about Princess Solveig and her siblings that are in a hidden fortress. When things start happening Solveig and the others realize that there is a traitor among them…and they have to figure out just who that traitor is. This book is a mystery with a historical setting that is different than the stereotypical Viking characters and setting that most Scandinavian settings showcase. With a nod to Norse mythology, readers who like the fantastical bits of a mythology setting will enjoy this fun read.