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Excuse Me, I'm Trying to Read!
When a young girl tries to read surrounded by elephants, lions, monkeys and zebras, she is surprised, scared, and amused. When the animals want to read, the tables are turned. A fun-filled picture book that will earn giggles and laughs from children of all ages.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Mackinac Island Press
(first published January 1st 2012)
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I read this book to our third graders. We loved learning about different animals from Africa and trying to guess what they would do to stop the girl from reading. We are going to take this book a step farther and research animals and create our own class book of Excuse Me, I'm Trying to Read! (3rd grade style of course!)
Super cute. A girl is trying to read (this book, Excuse Me, I'm Trying to Read...with each illustration showing her holding the book open to a different page of the book... super fun addition!) but African animals keep disturbing her...from the dung beetle rolling its dung across her book to the African Ibis that perches on her head, its sharp claws in her hair, to the crocodile who is about to swallow her. There is a fun resolution at the end. The illustrations are a big part of what makes this ...more
I girl is trying to read her book (Excuse Me, I'm Trying to Read in fact) and keeps getting disturbed by all kinds of animals. It is hard to read in a crocodile's mouth or with a snake wrapped around you. I like the fun descriptions of the animals and the cheekiness in having the book act as the book. There was only one animal I didn't get...why the zebra was laughing; it doesn't seem like a zebra characteristic like all the others.
A really cute book on the concept of not interrupting while someone is reading, as well as a good introduction to the idea of meta-commentary, Excuse Me, I'm Trying to Read! was a hit with the boys I babysit. The loved the animals and the various ways they went about interrupting the narrator. All in all, an enjoyable if not spectacularly noteworthy book.
Oct 12, 2012 Paula rated it liked it · review of another edition
When a young girl tries to read surrounded by elephants, lions, monkeys, and zebras, she is surprised, scared, and amused. When the animals want to read, the tables are turned.