I loved and was touched by this book about a very, very reluctant reader and an incredibly enthusiastic school librarian who uses everything from cost...moreI loved and was touched by this book about a very, very reluctant reader and an incredibly enthusiastic school librarian who uses everything from costumes to book week to make reading fun for the school children. I chuckled on almost every page; it’s a very funny book. There are too many amusing lines (in this very short book) for me to give just an example or two.
I’d have enjoyed this book even more if the book Missy finally chose to appreciate was one I liked better, and if the other books the children read, at least some of them, were among my favorites. But the books mentioned are ones children will know either because they’re so often read to young children or because of movies made from them.
The illustrations are colorful and fun, and Missy’s expressions are wonderful. Even kids who don’t like storybooks might first enjoy the pictures. And, it’s a really fun book to read aloud.(less)
The illustrations are stunning and I’m at risk of resorting to hyperbole if I say too much. I wasn’t surprised that in the illustrator bio section on...moreThe illustrations are stunning and I’m at risk of resorting to hyperbole if I say too much. I wasn’t surprised that in the illustrator bio section on the back inside cover of the book it’s revealed that the illustrations were created with watercolor and gouche, using small brushes for the paint and also making use of a magnifying glass. Amazing.
This is an excellent picture book biography for any child who understands the thirst for knowledge, or who might be inspired by a young person who cares so much about books and reading and learning. Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz didn’t live to see fifty but she’s one of Mexico’s most renowned writers and poets. The only quibble I thought I had was that in the middle of the book is one of her poems, in Spanish, and I wished for an English translation. Then, at the end of the book, a translation is in fact provided. I do have to wonder how her hunger for learning so easily led her away from family and home at such a young age, but Juana is very inspiring: learning to read (at her insistence) at age three and doing everything in her power, including seemingly becoming a nun, in order to have a vast library at her disposal, in an era when only men could attend university.
I do think kids will find this story impressive and interesting and the illustrations are just gorgeous.(less)
I love books about books. I love the illustration on the “Anna loved to read.” page; it looks a bit like my place, with books all over the place. I lo...moreI love books about books. I love the illustration on the “Anna loved to read.” page; it looks a bit like my place, with books all over the place. I love the premise of the book. I love that the issue of being afraid to read in front of the class was addressed. I love how it shows that there are books for every taste and interest.
But I didn’t much like the book, story or illustrations. It just didn’t appeal to me.(less)
Even though I knew this formula, I found it suspenseful.
It was clever, as was its format: there are two colors of text: purple for real world reality and green for fantasy/the story in the book within the book, and each chapter’s first word starts with A-Z and that letter is very fancy and includes an illustration, and the X worked just fine here. I really liked it, especially the two colors of text.
I have to say that I do identify with Bastian and if only this had been published & translated to English by the time I was eleven or twelve, it would have been a very meaningful story for me. I wish there had been a bit more about the main character in the real world because there I also found him fascinating, and I did like the much shorter reality part of the book as much as the long fantasy portion.
I probably wouldn’t have felt this way earlier in my life, but as of my reading this week, the book seemed to go on a tad too long for me. The incessant multiple naming of everything and everyone just thrown out there, the story that will be told at another time (which I suspect was meant to be humorous but I took every aspect of this story oh so seriously) and just the very, very, very long journey made me at times long for the book to be over, but I did enjoy it, and I considered giving it 5 stars because it has a lovely premise.
I will say that I do want a luckdragon; I particularly loved the character Falkor.
I’ve never seen the movie and I didn’t know what this book was about when I began reading. I read it for the International Book Club at the Children's Books group, and I’m really glad that I finally read it.(less)
The story is very simple: It’s about the weekly trip Lola and her mother make to the library, although it includes a bit about the rest of their day,...moreThe story is very simple: It’s about the weekly trip Lola and her mother make to the library, although it includes a bit about the rest of their day, including the bedtime story.
It may not be a flashy story, but it’s a great book for teaching kids about the library, and it’s a bit of a love letter to libraries and books, so of course I enjoyed it.
I really liked the illustrations too.
The author and illustrator are both English but it doesn’t have a particularly English flavor; this story could have easily taken place in the United States, or almost anywhere where there’s a library that has both children’s and adult books.(less)
This story is hilarious. I seem to most enjoy Polacco’s serious books, but here’s an amusing one I really adore. It’s also bound to be touching to tho...moreThis story is hilarious. I seem to most enjoy Polacco’s serious books, but here’s an amusing one I really adore. It’s also bound to be touching to those of us who love books and love to read; it’s a love letter to reading & books & to librarians too.
So much is very, very funny and clever here; I won’t give any spoilers even though there were so many portions of this story I was tempted to quote. This story is about a town where the people constantly watch tv, where they’ve found all sorts of uses for books, but none of them include reading.
I love Aunt Chip’s many cats. I enjoy Polacco’s illustrations of cats, and in this book I got to see a lot of them. All of the illustrations are outstanding: there’s so much detail and color. This book’s illustrations are especially fine examples of Polacco’s artwork. I loved the wall made of books. Polacco even found a way to include illustrations of her beloved goats, even though they don’t appear directly in this story.
Here, first the librarian is the heroine of the story, and then the town’s children get to be heroes and heroines too.
Polacco dedicates this book “to stubborn librarians everywhere” and also to two educators (one is her mother) and one great kid. I think photos of the three of them are included in second to last illustration of the book.
This would make a great gift for any bibliophile and any child.
I’m thinking that either Polacco isn’t a huge fan of television or she knows children who watch too many tv shows.(less)
This book reminds me that it’s time to stop kvetching when certain books I want to read aren’t available for borrowing from any of my libraries. They...moreThis book reminds me that it’s time to stop kvetching when certain books I want to read aren’t available for borrowing from any of my libraries. They have a huge selection and I have a large number of owned books too. I thought this book was inspiring and educational and fun.
I just finished reading the book That Book Woman , which is a fiction book based on the Pack Horse Librarians, who delivered books to children living in the Appalachian Mountains. My Goodreads friend Abigail noticed that book on my shelves and recommended this book to me, and I am so grateful.
There’s an initial map that shows all the featured countries, and then each page has a map with information (including languages spoken) about each country and its inhabitants, and photographs of the libraries, the children, the books, and the librarians. I was surprised and pleased to see all the different types of libraries there are.
Every school library should have this book, available to both classrooms and individual students. Every public library should also have at least one copy of this book available for borrowing. Kids will really enjoy seeing how kids in other parts of the world get their library books!
The library that most broke my heart was the one in Pakistan, where the children get to keep the books for just one hour. The library I got the biggest kick out of was the Blackpool Beach Library, bringing books via wheelbarrow.
My only quibble was that there weren’t even more places and examples.