I’m a sucker for books about books, and this is a fantastic book. For me, it was 5 stars all the way, up until toward then end, then it lost me a bit,I’m a sucker for books about books, and this is a fantastic book. For me, it was 5 stars all the way, up until toward then end, then it lost me a bit, but I still really liked it. I particularly liked the books as characters. I liked the lending library setting. I liked so much.
The story is sweet and amusing and inventive, and sort of sad too. Most of the pages had me smiling.
The illustrations are fabulous to view, so detailed and creative and unusual.
I can recommend this book to fans of books, stories, and diary writing. This is a good all ages book, though young children may have some questions.
½ star added for what originality is shown. 4 ½ stars...more
I didn’t expect to, but I liked this book as much as the first one. It’I loved How Rocket Learned to Read and so I was very eager to read this sequel.
I didn’t expect to, but I liked this book as much as the first one. It’s so adorable.
As someone with many decades long experiences with writer’s block, my favorite line was “When he didn’t know what to write, he growled.”
I adore the illustrations, of Rocket and the yellow bird teacher, and the owl, and everything in the pictures. Rocket is just so, so cute, as are the two birds.
This would be a wonderful book to read to a child or group of children immediately before they started a writing assignment, particularly a creative writing project. It actually has some good tips about how to start and how to continue writing, and how to avoid discouragement and writers’ block....more
I could talk about warning kids not to get too close to wild bears or I could worry about loss and separation and how kiMagical! This book is magical.
I could talk about warning kids not to get too close to wild bears or I could worry about loss and separation and how kids will react, but no; with this story these worries are not uppermost in my mind as they might be with other books.
This story might now be one of my favorites on my books-about-books shelf, and that’s saying a lot.
I love this illustrator and I adore this book’s pictures. The bear is particularly wonderfully depicted, but everything about the illustrations is just perfect, and especially just right for this story.
The story is a wonderful celebration of being read to, reading aloud, of listening of the written word, of books and of letters, and of inter-species friendship too, of friendship and giving. It’s so lovely and soothing. I would read this to anyone, and anyone who enjoys reading, and especially being read to, is likely to find it charming and special. The book should be in every family’s home and all school and hospital libraries.
It would make a great bedtime storybook but it’s perfect for anytime, for a wide age range. Just lovely! Gift worthy!!!
Thank you, Kathryn, for alerting me to this book!...more
As a lefthander I’ve always been interested in sides, left and right. I love that this book is read from right to left. Along with English, there is aAs a lefthander I’ve always been interested in sides, left and right. I love that this book is read from right to left. Along with English, there is a lot of Arabic writing. While I could not read the latter, I could appreciate its beauty.
I have this book listed on so many shelves because there is so much to this book.
It’s an autobiographical book but there is so much to it. It includes lots of things I’ve never thought about such as the way right to left vs. left to right readers draw. And I loved the part about being grateful for all the imaginings a postcard inspired.
The author directly addresses the young reader, the young artist. The reader is asked to reflect on their own experiences, responses, etc.
The illustrations are comprised of art by the author-illustrator, and also postcards, classical art, photographs, etc.
This book is definitely for older children, I’d say nine at the youngest for getting the most out of it.
Ah, this one simultaneously made my heart sing and nearly brought me to tears with emotion.
This is a very sweet story, and as a dog lover and bookshopAh, this one simultaneously made my heart sing and nearly brought me to tears with emotion.
This is a very sweet story, and as a dog lover and bookshop lover it was perfect for me. And, having seen a wonderful movie yesterday, wonderful except for a sad dog scene, it was just what I needed to read a happy dog story. Of course, I’d love to have a dog and a bookshop, so I’m a bit sad that I don’t.
The illustrations are good. They’re bright and colorful and bold and detailed, and I think most kids will find them appealing. I hadn’t known that this author was also an illustrator.
This book can be appreciated by a wide range of readers/listeners, I’d say any age. It’s good for read aloud and independent readers of all ages. I wish all bookstores had resident dogs or cats; I love the ones that do.
I’m hoping it’s because this book was published pre-Goodreads that it has so few ratings/reviews. I’m hoping that more members have read it but just not shelved it on the site. It deserves to be more widely read....more
Also, the story could be particularly emotionally difficult for children who are that the developmental stage of believing their beloved inanimate objects have sentience and feelings. The lonely book does suffer quite a bit. I’d have been quite perturbed and sad if I’d had this read to me when I was little. So, I do believe this book should be screened for particularly sensitive children, even though it really is a lovely story, and I do recommend it.
The story is a good introduction to libraries, and library sales too.
I really liked the illustrations and I think they perfectly fit the story.
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This was so worth importing from England, and it was worth the money to me too, even though I’m buying basically no books these days. Even though it tThis was so worth importing from England, and it was worth the money to me too, even though I’m buying basically no books these days. Even though it took barely any time to read, it provided me with many laughs and smiles. Much of it is hilarious.
The one about the kid’s nightmares was what I read first. So funny. Then I read it cover to cover, quickly.
The illustrations are cute but I didn’t really need them.
What’s truly scary is not even how ignorant many people are, but how rude, how unethical, how outrageous so many people are. I’m not sure I’d be laughing so hard if I actually had to deal with many of these people and situations in person, but reading about them is highly entertaining.
I wanted more. If there had been many more examples and I’d have had more time of reading pleasure, I might have given this one 5 stars. I was just going to read an entry or a few here and there but I ended up picking up the book and not putting it down until I’d finished it....more
This is an illustrated beginning chapter book with 10 chapters in 88 pages.
I loved the illustrations. Great pictures!! So charming! They added immenseThis is an illustrated beginning chapter book with 10 chapters in 88 pages.
I loved the illustrations. Great pictures!! So charming! They added immensely to the story, and will be especially appreciated by children who are just beginning to read chapter books.
I very much enjoyed the story; it’s delightful. There is humor and pathos and suspense, and it’s just a fun story.
I had some laugh out loud moments, particularly when Burrufu the monster was the scared one and when he was trying to be frightening.
I like that Steve and Burrufu are writers. I also like the message that comes through that we can get to know authors as people through what they’ve written.
I like how the font size in this book occasionally changes to fit what’s going on in the story.
Some things that felt a bit off (or some maybe just old-fashioned) were: Olivia at age 7 was left home alone, all day, with just the dog, by her father. Olivia lives with just her father and her dog friend Tula. Steve, Olivia’s dad, is almost as much a main character as Olivia, unusual for children’s books, but something I found refreshing. Olivia has never known her mother so I got to put this book on my beloved orphaned-and-quasi-orphaned shelf. Well, and while Steve is loving, Olivia doesn’t get a lot of supervision, so that alone might have qualified this story for that shelf.
Re Olivia at only age 7 being left alone so much, some adults are not going to like this, think conniption fits, but I think children will find this to be a delightful fantasy on many levels, and as long as they’re children from loving and not neglectful homes, they will take Olivia’s experiences in stride.
Recommended for read aloud for 5 and up and independent readers 7-10, although there are some very advanced vocabulary words, so I am curious to see how 7-10 year olds will experience this story, as well as readers/listeners younger and older. Both girls and boys can equally enjoy this story.
Also recommended for for kids who like monsters or are afraid of monsters, kids from one parent families, kids who like dogs, imaginary friends, books and reading and writing, children who are about to move or have just relocated, and kids who feel different and/or kids who’ve been bullied or have bullied others.
It’s a sweet friendship story. It’s also a great story about humans’ tendencies to be afraid of what they don’t know, and how just being scared of something can make that fear grow and grow, even if there is nothing to fear.
What I thought I didn’t like: one character who was sort of was redeemed, and while I could have done without the shooting of bullets and other aggressive actions of the humans, it all ended up okay for me. I’m not sure I needed all the action, but some kids will really enjoy it.
I also like that Burrufu is a “cookie monster” and his favorite cookies are chocolate chip.
I know the author is trying to get this book noticed by readers and I do remain perplexed by why some books catch on quickly and others need lots of word of mouth in order to thrive. I see that 30 copies are being given away in the Goodreads’ First Reads program, and I hope they go to members who will review them on this site.
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 theThis 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 bookmobile who ends up at a zoo and is eventually able to entice the multitude of animals/animal species with books. They end up reading many books and some eventually start writing books too.
Both the author and illustrator dedicate the book to Theodor Seuss Geisel, which is fitting.
I adore the artwork. The story rhyme is very cute and clever. If only the animals had been wild or resided in a sanctuary park or were, at least in part, domesticated animals. But, that’s me. I realize most readers will not be at all perturbed and, while I’d have rather not had a zoo setting, I was still able to greatly enjoy the book.
This is a lovely book for children who like animals and books, reading and writing, or any of those. It’s also appropriate as a book to get kids interested in reading. Some of the books shown in the illustrations and mentioned in the rhyme will mean more to adults and older kids than to young children, but it’s all in great fun for everyone.
And even for readers who are fervently opposed to zoos, this story is wacky enough and so obviously a fantasy, that nobody should deliberately refrain from reading it....more
Whew! My last picture book at home. There was quite a pile. Of course, more are in the pipeline, but I really am trying to cut back on children’s pictWhew! My last picture book at home. There was quite a pile. Of course, more are in the pipeline, but I really am trying to cut back on children’s picture books so I have more time to read other types of books.
I did love this one. There was more background and more explanation. I love how the story didn’t start in the middle, but earlier. the frames show Alia as a librarian, recommending books to patrons and helping them. It gives the back story from Alia’s childhood of why she loved books so much. It explains how she started saving the books by bringing them to her home and only then to the restaurant next door to the library, and it does tell more about the war, about the the cultural importance of the books, about Iraq’s dictator and which countries were bombing Iraq. And what happened to Alia and the saved books after the fire. And why Alia had cause to worry about the books in their location in the library. It’s a full enough story.
There is a wonderful and informative page in the back that touches on the stories of other libraries and the history of Iraq and the Middle East as it pertains to the written language. Mentioned is the Alexandrian Library, the clay tablets of Ebla, the Nizamiyah library, and an update (as of when this book was published in 2004) of the future of the Basra Central Library, Alia’s library.
This book is definitely for independent readers. The pages are too full and chaotic for this to be a good read aloud book to pre-readers. The cartoons are in black & white. Some pages are sparse but many are incredibly detailed and busy.
As a lover of libraries and books, I was emotionally touched by this story....more
This book and its illustrations are so cute and sweet and amusing. A whole bunch of animals find a book, one after the other, until finally a boy comeThis book and its illustrations are so cute and sweet and amusing. A whole bunch of animals find a book, one after the other, until finally a boy comes along and finds yet another use for it.
My favorite parts are the fox and the exact position he puts himself in to use the book, and the expression on the bear’s face when the book is in the boy’s possession. The last few pages, especially the illustrations, are also wonderful.
This simple story brought back memories of how, even though I always liked books for reading, books can have all sorts of uses.
I think most young children will love this book. It makes a great read aloud for groups or one to one, and children old enough to read independently will love it too. I got a kick out of it, and would enjoy reading it to children, especially preschoolers. I loved the (unrealistic) inter-species interactions, and how the book was viewed differently by each of them.
I found every illustration extremely appealing. Soft, colorful, and with an aesthetically pleasing style, and everyone’s expressions are adorable.
The only thing I wasn’t wild about were the way people’s faces were painted. However, the loved everything else about theOh, I just loved this book.
The only thing I wasn’t wild about were the way people’s faces were painted. However, the loved everything else about the illustrations. The scenery, the colors, the folk art feel, and how all the pictures contributed mightily to making this story so engaging.
I’ve read other books about traveling libraries but this is the only one I can think of where the biblioburro’s patrons are encouraged to write as well as read.
The story is lovely. I like the real feeling of suspense. I love Ana and the librarian. I enjoyed the Spanish words that were included, including the days of the week as Ana waits impatiently for the biblioburro’s return. I like how the librarian reads to the children before they borrow books, rather than just showing up, dislodging books, and leaving.
What Ana makes and how it is used nearly brought me to tears. (view spoiler)[ She writes and illustrates her own book and gives it to the librarian when he returns, and he takes her book and first reads it to the group of kids and then takes it with him as one of the books he shares with and lends out to children in other areas. (hide spoiler)]
There is also an interesting author's note and a glossary of Spanish terms in the back of the book.
I’ve not been in the mood to read picture books lately but this book reminded me of why I so often think they make for wonderful reading.
Given the subject matter and other aspects of the book, this would make a good group read aloud, but it could also be perfect for a one to one or family read aloud, and it’s a fine book for independent readers reading to themselves. It’s an excellent book that shows the joys of books and reading, and is a reminder to kids who have libraries and books they own that some kids are not quite as fortunate.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more