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Excuse Me, I'm Trying to Read!

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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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Lori
Sep 22, 2012 Lori rated it liked it
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Might be useful for developing a sense of urgency during Daily 5
Manor Hill
Sep 06, 2016 Manor Hill rated it it was amazing
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!)
Jenny
Sep 09, 2012 Jenny rated it liked it
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
Angie
Nov 26, 2012 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Alexandria
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.
Susanne
Oct 29, 2012 Susanne rated it it was amazing
My nephew Sammy (5) LOVES this book. We checked it out from the library, and he asked to read it every night. It's short and funny with great illustrations. He wants to buy a copy so he can have it to keep.
Theresa
Feb 10, 2015 Theresa rated it liked it
Excuse Me, I'm Trying to Read!
Amani, Mary Jo
a silly story of African animals disturbing her reading... this little girl uses polite language
Paula
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.
Ms Threlkeld
Jul 24, 2016 Ms Threlkeld rated it liked it
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Could be used in the classroom/library to practice making inferences - have students think of their own scenarios with reading and animals and then illustrate.
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