MONDAY FUNDAY – May 16, 2016

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date, and adapted by Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts with a children’s/YA focus. This weekly roundup is a great way to discover new blogs and bloggers, share recommended (or not so recommended….) titles, and add to your ever-growing to-read list.

My House

My name is Jane, and I love cats, so it was pretty much inevitable that I would love this vibrant, colourful picture book.


A friendly little cat named Jim takes readers on a tour of his house, using simple, friendly text and delightful illustrations. Definitely worth taking a look at, even if you’re not a cat lady named Jane. 🙂

The Snow Rabbit



This wordless picture book is simply stunning. The paper cut illustrations are miniature works of art, subtle, elegant and evocative. Two sisters explore the wintery world outside their door, encountering a mysterious and magical snow rabbit. Perhaps not the most suitable book for this time of year (it’s already getting toasty here!), but just too beautiful not to explore and share.

Lord Edgware Dies

I quite enjoyed this classic Poirot mystery, which featured a twist ending that I honestly didn’t see coming. The most interesting part of the novel, however, wasn’t written by Ms. Christie at all, but rather by a mysterious editor armed with a pencil. All throughout the book a previous reader left little corrections, pointing out a typo here, a word choice error there. Fascinating that someone would even bother to go to all the hassle. Were they trying to improve the reading experience for the next borrower, or did they simply want to prove they could one-up Agatha Christie in the writing department? We may never know. At least they made their notations in pencil and not red ink….

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Hope you’ve all been having a great reading week!!

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  • Reply Kathryn

    I can see why you’d like the cat book and the rabbit one looks totally gorgeous.

    May 16, 2016 at 4:36 am
    • Reply Jane Whittingham

      It’s absolutely stunning, she creates these detailed paper scenes and photographs them, their stunning. Makes me wish I was artistic…. 🙂

      May 18, 2016 at 1:50 am
  • Reply payanar100

    The Snow Rabbit looks like a beautiful book. I will have to look for it. I absolutely love Agatha Christie books. I read almost all of them as a teenager. Poirot is a fun character. Have a great reading week!

    May 16, 2016 at 10:54 am
    • Reply Jane Whittingham

      Yes, Poirot was always my favourite character too, I devoured the books as a teenager. 🙂

      May 18, 2016 at 1:51 am
  • Reply readerbuzz

    I love the picture books. Of all books, picture books are probably my favorite.

    May 16, 2016 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Linda Baie

    Love hearing about those ‘notes’ in the Christie book. And both books look sweet, but especially that Snow Rabbit. Wow, the cover is beautiful. Thanks, Jane.

    May 16, 2016 at 12:45 pm
    • Reply Jane Whittingham

      It’s one of the things I love (and sometimes don’t love….)about using the library, you never quite know what you’ll find when you open a book! 😉

      May 18, 2016 at 1:52 am
  • Reply Michele

    Those editing marks are hilarious! So funny those got in there!
    I liked the illustrations in Snow Rabbit more than the story. The pictures really were gorgeous.

    May 16, 2016 at 1:36 pm
    • Reply Jane Whittingham

      Yes, this reader was both observant and persistent, so funny that they corrected word choice as well as grammar and typos!

      May 18, 2016 at 1:53 am
  • Reply randomlyreading

    I can’t wait to read The Snow Rabbit. And I am also an Agatha Christie fan, but what an odd book you read. Hopefully, the person who marked it up did it to improve your reading experience.

    May 16, 2016 at 2:15 pm
    • Reply Jane Whittingham

      Yes, it was quite a curious experience, a bit like a treasure hunt, trying to find all the notations!

      May 18, 2016 at 1:53 am
  • Reply Erin @ Quixotic Magpie

    The Snow Rabbit looks gorgeous! I think I am going to have to add that to our reading list! And I read Agatha Christie for the first time this year – And Then There Were None. I loved it and have been wanting to read more by her. Perhaps I will give this one a go, although I will not get this meaningfully marked up version. 🙂

    May 16, 2016 at 7:15 pm
    • Reply Jane Whittingham

      I was a huge fan of Agatha Christie as a teenager, and I grew up watching David Suchet on PBS as Poirot, the best Poirot of all, if you ask me. 🙂

      May 18, 2016 at 1:54 am
  • Reply Greg

    My House looks so cute, I have a soft spot for cats so I think I’d like that one too. Looks like a sweet kids book too. The colorful cover is a winner! And I’d like to read more Christie- I’ve dabbled a bit but not in any serious way. I think it’s funny how someone decided to do some creative editing! 🙂

    May 16, 2016 at 10:01 pm
    • Reply Jane the Raincity Librarian

      As a teenager I was OBSESSED with Agatha Christie, but only Poirot, so I’ve been dabbling in her other works as an adult.

      October 5, 2016 at 10:48 am
  • Reply Jana Eschner (@JanaTheTeacher)

    I have ordered The Snow Rabbit from my library. It looks like a beautiful picture book. Who knows – with the weather we’ve been having here lately, it might still be seasonally appropriate!

    May 16, 2016 at 11:31 pm
  • Reply Kellee from Unleashing Readers (@kelleemoye)

    Snow Rabbit looks beautiful! Just requested it from my library.
    And I love the editor! I want to do that sometimes 🙂
    Happy reading this week!

    May 17, 2016 at 12:31 am
    • Reply Jane Whittingham

      Yes, I think we’ve all wanted to do some unofficial editing from time to time….! 🙂

      May 18, 2016 at 1:59 am
  • Reply Ricki Ginsberg

    Ohhh, the Snow Rabbit intrigues me. The cover is beautiful. I am going to see if I can get my hands on it. Thanks for sharing!

    May 17, 2016 at 1:54 am
  • Reply Cheriee Weichel

    Those illustrations from The Snow Rabbit look worthy of cutting out and framing!

    May 17, 2016 at 3:15 am
  • Reply Lisa Robles

    Snow Rabbit is beautiful. I love wordless books!

    PS Love your logo!

    May 17, 2016 at 1:57 pm
    • Reply Jane Whittingham

      I love them too, you can do so much with them, and it’s fascinating to see how kids interpret the images in their own way. 🙂

      May 18, 2016 at 1:54 am
  • Reply Katherine Nabity

    Both picture books are really lovely, each in a different way.

    May 17, 2016 at 3:16 pm
    • Reply Jane Whittingham

      Yes, such different art styles, but both really effective in their own ways. 🙂

      May 18, 2016 at 2:02 am

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