Sunday, February 23, 2014

Book Fair Fiesta and #IMWAYR Feb. 24, 2014

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme began by Sheila at Book Journeys as a way to share what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and what is in store for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading. I first learned about it from Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki of Unleashing Readers and have become a regular linked up blog. Thanks #PLN

Woo Hoo! It's time for Book Fair Fiesta! 

My book fair starts this Friday and I am almost ready.
I have shown my book fair  promo video and all flyers have been passed out.
I have my Teacher Sneak Peek and Daily drawings all planned out. I love to give away prizes to generate book fair excitement. 
The tables are set and decorated. All I need to do is unpack and set up. 
One of the most important things I have learned about book fairs is to place your first restock order before you even open your book fair. Only you know what will sell well in your school. I plan to order massive quantities of the new Minecraft handbook and posters, Leggo Movie items, and those wonderful UV Spy pens. I peeked into the cases but did not see anything that really caught my eye. I do have an extensive list of books I know I can sell if I can get my hands on them. 

We are a small school but I sell enough product that I can customize my fair and get some pretty good merchandise. I market heavily to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi teacher Ed students and to the homeschool community. The parking situation is terrible but the support of my community is great. 

Here are some of the books I read this week. These came from books ordered through the Scholastic Resource catalog. We take our book fair profits in Scholastic dollars which is the best option for our school. 

The Kitten Who Cried DogThe Kitten Who Cried Dog by Charlotte Guillain

The Kitten Who Cried Dog is part of the Animal Fairy Tales series. The simple retelling of the Boy who cried wolf story is retold from the perspective of a naughty kitten who is easily bored and enjoys making the townfolk come running when the kitten alerts them to the danger of a dog nearby.
The best past of this series is the author's notes in the back of the book explaining the history of the fairy tale. I liked this part. 

PandarellaPandarella by Charlotte Guillain

This was my top pick of the Animal Fairy Tale series. I liked the illustrations and the "Furry godmother" in the story. 

The Poodle and the PeaThe Poodle and the Pea by Charlotte Guillain

I don't get it. I ordered the series thinking I would be receiving a fractured fairytale but instead I discovered that basically the story was the same only with dog characters. I was hoping for something creative or imaginative. This being said, my younger readers will most likely enjoy the story and the illustrations. 

Little Red Riding DuckLittle Red Riding Duck by Charlotte Guillain

Animal Fairy Tale series-A duck is little red riding hood in this simplified retelling of little red riding hood. Young readers will think it is humorous. I enjoyed the author note's detailing the origination of the fairy tale.

Goldiclucks and the Three Bears by Charlotte Guillain

I ordered the Animal Fairy tale set through the Scholastic Resource catalog but was disappointed in the purchase. I normally am very happy with all my purchases but these lacked personality and originality.

Tonight I will start reading insignia. My students are loving it.

Happy Reading!


  1. Yay for book fairs! I hope it's a successful one for you. :-) Insignia looks really good. I've heard about it, but never read it.

    1. Got some bad news today. No Minecraft handbooks in my bookfair. Noooooo! That was going to be my hot seller. Scholastic is offering a freebie if we offer prepaid orders.

  2. Insignia looks good to me, too. I'll be looking for your review, Julee.

    1. I've already gotten distracted by a different book. That's me!

  3. Hello there Julee, best of luck on your book fair, sounds so exciting! I haven't read any of these picturebooks you shared here, so I'm glad you featured them. Will check out Insignia, first I've heard of it too. Have a great reading week!

    1. Thanks. Book Fair is a tough week. I am pooped out already.

  4. The Animal Fairy Tales look great, especially the Panderella. Sometimes I do a Cinderella unit and this might fit in nicely!

    1. They were alright for the classic tale with an animal twist. I would seek something more creative and unique for a fractured fairy tale.

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