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Wild About Books

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  2,667 ratings  ·  263 reviews
It started the summer of 2002, when the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, by mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo.

In this rollicking rhymed story, Molly introduces birds and beasts to this new something called reading. She finds the perfect book for every animal—tall books for giraffes, tiny ones for crickets. “She even found waterproof books for the otter, who nev...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 10th 2004 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2004)
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Lisa Vegan
This book deserves 5 stars, but I’m giving it 4 because I hate zoos and don’t want them shown in a positive (and unrealistic) light. But otherwise the story and definitely the illustrations deserve 5 stars.

The illustrations are fabulous: big, bold, colorful, appealing art style, lush and intricate, and funny too. I love how the crocodiles are reading Peter Pan, the elephant is reading Dumbo, the giraffes are reading books about basketball, etc. etc. etc.

The rhyme is about a librarian with a boo...more
What fun! I loved this story about a librarian who parks her bookmobile in the zoo, then proceeds to help the animals love books, find the stories they will like best, and understand how to treat books nicely. It's an absolute hoot and the text and illustrations both weave in many famous books; children will be familiar with some of them, and will probably giggle over the idea of otters reading Harry Potter, for example ;-) Sierra and Brown wrote this in honor of Dr. Seuss, and I think he would...more
Crystal Marcos
Mar 14, 2012 Crystal Marcos rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: librarians, animal lovers, book lovers, parents, grandparents
I own this book and bought a copy for my sister and my nephew. We both really adore this book and so do our little ones. I revisited it again recently because of Doctor Seuss' birthday and I am a member in a Children's book group here on Goodreads where this month's theme is Librarians. Here is the group for anyone who loves Children's Books:

Dedicated to the late Doctor Seuss, it is written in his rhyming likeness. A librarian mistakenly drives her bookmo...more
Eva Leger
4.5 - It's hard to go wrong with a childrens book that has animals and books in it. Throw in some fun rhyming sentences and you have a winner in my house!
I haven't read the other book some reviewers have mentioned, Born to Read, and although just about everyone says this is better I think I'd like to and will, read it for myself to compare.
I wasn't in love with the illustrations myself but I can't say anything negative about this. I just would have preferred a different way personally. Julia di...more
May 17, 2010 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful tale in honor of Dr. Seuss. Filled with a fun and rhyming narrative, busy and colorful pictures, and nods to several different books, this is a great book to read aloud. Our girls really enjoyed it.
May 22, 2011 Dee rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Book lovers of all ages.
Shelves: children-s-books
I wish I had found this one a few months ago when tutoring my little guy. We studies the animals and this would have been the perfect book. It is full of witty & rolling rhymes about a librarian who mistakenly takes her bookmobile to the zoo. She finds the perfect book for every animal.

"By reading aloud from the good Dr. Seuss,
She quickly attracted a mink and a moose,
A wombat, an oryx, a lemur a lynx,
Eight elephant calves, and a family of skinks.

This book was illustrated by Marc Brown and is...more
538am_Allison Nork
This is a rhyming picture book that starts with librarian Molly driving her bookmobile into a zoo. She soon starts reading aloud and attracts all sorts of animals to this new thing called reading. This book offers a great explanation to children of why they sometimes may not see all the animals when they visit the zoo, they may be hiding away reading. Brown does a wonderful job filling all the pages with pictures to pull in the children and show examples of what animals they may have never seen...more
Bridget R. Wilson
One day, the library's bookmobile makes an unplanned stop at the local zoo. Molly the librarian finds that the animals love reading. They devour books (sometimes literally). Their love of reading encourages a love of writing. Soon every animal at the zoo is an author. The animals' voracious love of books necessitates the building of a zoobrary.

What I thought: What a delightful book! The language is pleasing and the pictures are colorful. This is an imaginative way to introduce children to the de...more
Although Wild About Books came out before Born to Read I read them in reverse order--lucky me! ☺ Now I see why people who had read this first were disappointed with Judy Sierra's second book. I agree! This is better than Born to Read!

Really, really cute! The animals in the zoo create their own library by writing their own books. The story is told all in rhyme and I don't know which is cuter--the delightful pictures or the sweet, clever play-on-words!

An all around treat-to-read, for young and ol...more
A librarian mistakenly drives her bookmobile into a zoo causing a stampede amongst the animals to get to the visiting library and find out what reading is all about. Like a true dedicated bookworm, Molly McGrew, with steadfast confidence and on a mission to satisfy the animal's curiosity, succeeds in turning them into avid readers and even writers.

This fantastic rhyming book takes the reader on a jolly romp with the animals and just might be an inspiration for your child's reading skills to esc...more
This one is a keeper. I love everything about this book and you will too, if you love books and zoo animals. I was subbing some afternoon and the librarian read this to my third graders before check-out time and to be honest, I think I enjoyed it more than they did. I couldn’t wait till he finished so I could write the name of this book down so I get my hands on it as I didn’t think he gave the book the justice it deserved. The book was dying as he read in a monotone voice, he didn’t point out a...more
Lisa Hartmann
Wild About Books by Judy Sierra, is another one of my favorites! I use this book when I am teaching my students how to respect and care for books. The story is about a book mobile that drives into the zoo by mistake. The librarian sets up and teaches the animals how to handle books. The illustrations in the book are brightly colored and abstract. This story is written in honor of Dr Suess, the authors favorite doctor, artist, poet and fun concocter! The entire story rhymes! Which is fun for kids...more
This is so much fun … even after a year's time. The rhyming and alliteration keep it fresh, as do the imitated antics of the various characters.

To read our full review, go to The Reading Tub®.
Cole Hoffman
I love the detailed, fun pictures illustrated by Marc Brown; it really gives a good sense on what these animals really look like to a child who may never have visited a zoo before. This book is a perfect book to read at the beginning of the school year to get children excited about reading because children LOVE animals and if the animals want to read, then in turn the children will want to read.
Also any book that rhymes is a favorite of mine. I feel that it makes the higher level vocabulary wor...more
How could I not love this book? The librarian Molly McGrew mistakenly drives her bookmobile into the zoo, but still finds the perfect book for everyone. She even has "waterproof books for the otter, who never went swimming without Harry Potter." :)
Grant McAllister
Dec 12, 2007 Grant McAllister rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents with young kids.
I was fortunate to have Marc Brown sign this book for my 18 month old son. It is one of my son's favorite books. It was dedicated to Dr. Seuss and is very fun to read out loud.
So much fun! The rhymes and poetry are fabulous. Some parts of the story are a bit advanced for K and 1, but over all, it's such a fun story that I don't mind at all!
This is a great children's book!! "Seuss"ian rhyme and Marc Brown's beautiful illustrations. You and your kids will be wild about this book.
A lively story written in prose about zoo animals falling in love with reading. A great read aloud book for home and the classroom!
This book, written in the style of Dr. Seuss, is clever enough to appeal to adults as well as children.
Genesis Romo
Wild About Books is written by Judy Sierra. The main character is Molly McGrew who is a Springfield librarian. Molly drives her Public Library Bookmobile into a zoo, and finds all the animals not reading. Molly begins reading, and captures the attention of the animals in the zoo. All the animals in the book leave their comfort zone. There is a book for every animal tall books for giraffes, small books for crickets, waterproof books for otters. Now, that the animals learned how to read they need...more
Roger DeBlanck
This is an exceptional picture book for elementary students of all ages. The book brims with creativity. The language is rich and energized, and the bright, colorful pictures convey minuscule details to perfection. When read with cadence and rhythm, the words and pictures can captivate an audience of young readers. Throughout the book, Sierra makes clever mention of kids’ favorites, such as Dr. Seuss, Nancy Drew, Harry Potter, and the Wizard of Oz to name a few. In doing so, she addresses the im...more
Amy Musser
When the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, first drives her bookmobile into the zoo the animals aren’t sure what to do. They keep their distance, but Molly draws them in by reading from Dr. Seuss and soon the animals stampede the bookmobile each time it arrives. Molly finds the right books for each animals taste, tall books on skyscrapers for the giraffes and waterproof copies of Harry Potter for the otters. And although she has to teach the termites not to eat the books and the bears not to...more
Evan Williamson
A librarian unleashes knowledge onto lower animals at a local zoo, causing an growth of literary culture in the animal population as well as a contempt for the things of man. This book is a scathing look at the library industry as a whole, how it began and how it will fall.

We begin our tale as Molly the Librarian “mistakenly” drives her bookmobile into the zoo. Despite the wording that this was no plan on Molly’s part, she decides to set up shop and entice the inhabitants of the zoo with literar...more
Stacy Bowden
Wild About Books is a colorful Dr. Seuss inspired story about a librarian named Molly McGrew who drives her bookmobile into a zoo attracting a crowd of zoo animals and inspiring them to read. Illustrated in colorful two page spreads that encompass entire pages and show many zoo animals in funny circumstances, Wild About Books provides the reader with a comical literary and visual experience. I am not sure if the illustrations are completed with ink or paint, but they are well developed and visua...more
Even though Wild About Books (published 2004) has been around the zoo a time or two, I wanted to highlight it as a fun picture book about the love of reading.

Plus, who can resist the book’s heroine, librarian Molly McGrew? Not I, said the librarian. Wild About Books opens with McGrew’s accidental appearance at the zoo with her bookmobile. Even though it was not her intended destination, it proves fortuitous as the animals embrace her books with an unprecedented passion, all stampeding to reading...more
This books was so clever! A librarian brings books for animals to read and they all love them so much they start their own Zoobrary. What a great idea! Look at the illustrations carefully and you'll see actual titles of real books, each one suited perfectly for each animal. Would be a great way to get a child interested in other books in the future. Pre K - 2nd grade.

From SLJ:
"The author's sense of playfulness in plot and language ("llamas read while eating their llunches"; a hippo wins the "Zoo...more
Kathy Cowley
A bookmobile accidentally goes to the zoo, and then all the animals learn about reading. This picture book is written as a delightful poem. The illustrations are stellar, which is not surprising as the illustrator is Marc Brown, who has his own wild following. My daughter particularly loved when the animals start writing their own books, and loved reading their poems and stories. We've read this book dozens of times over the last few weeks and none of us have tired of it.
Either for older children or for adults who enjoy picture books, good for some chuckles with rhymes like "At the new insect zoo, bugs were scribbling haiku" and "Imagine the hippo's enormous surprise, When her memoir was given the Zoolitzer Prize". Grapes of Wrath this book is not. I won't be surprised if some tool will comment that his 5 year old was getting all those references.
I read this as an app & it's just delightful, the story of a librarian who drives her bookmobile into a zoo & teaches the animals to read. I love the nods to other famous children's books i.e "The otter...who never went swimming without Harry Potter" illustrations are beautiful & colourful and the interactivity never takes you away from the main story.
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