Each of the teams has a section where they talk about how they came to be a team, details about their style of working together, work in progress is shown, some information about their lives in general is given, and at the end a partial list of their books is given, so the reader sees those too, not just the most featured book. The work in progress pictures are fascinating.
There is also a short, but useful, glossary in the back of the book, and an index too.
I’d love it if Leonard S. Marcus created other books such as this, with other picture book teams, and I’d love to read more such books either by other authors or about other types of collaborative efforts....more
Thanks to my Goodreads friend Krista’s cats, I read this book. The cats enjoyed it so I figured it must be a good book.
This book is so charming that IThanks to my Goodreads friend Krista’s cats, I read this book. The cats enjoyed it so I figured it must be a good book.
This book is so charming that I as I was reading there were times I could barely stand it. It was very amusing and also extremely lovely and it definitely got to me emotionally. I ached for and felt affection for both the main characters.
This is a very text heavy long story picture book. I’d call it an illustrated novella more than a picture book.
The story is continually and unexpectedly funny, very funny in parts. There is one somewhat gruesome reference that managed to be funny too: “…Walter, had committed only one crime. In a moment of hunger and confusion he had eaten two of his offspring, but he had been only eight months old at the time – a young, impetuous rat – and he had never done it again.” I also enjoyed how the author bio information is one of Miss Pomeroy’s children’s books (about mice) was no longer accurate. It made me think about the validity of those author bios on book covers. I loved the book within the book which is also titled “Walter: The Story of a Rat” and how it comes to be written.
I loved Walter (a lonely rat who can read, and write) and Miss Pomeroy (a solitary children’s books author), but I’m afraid this book won’t win me over to rats in the house (I have had them in my apartment building, luckily never right in my unit except long ago under the cabinet covered kitchen sink) any more than Charlotte's Web reduced my fear of spiders. But Walter, and Miss Pomeroy too, are heroes in this book.
I enjoyed all the references, made by Walter, to many books, mostly those written for adults in the first 2/3 of the book and then to children’s books in the latter 1/3 of the book.
The illustrations are beautifully fitting in gray tone. There are not illustrations on every page and on the pages that have them, they are relatively small and take up much less room than the text story. But the pictures that are there greatly enhance the story.
And, in the end, I really think this is a book for young adults and adults. It’s fun to be familiar with all Walter’s quotes from various books, books that most kids won’t know until they’re adolescents or adults.
Extra credit for this unusual story of a friendship between a rat and a woman seem nothing but amiable and sweet, and not at all disgusting.
Oh, quite a bit of accurate information about rats is included too, though not the ability to read & write parts, obviously....more
Awhile back I read and enjoyed Lola at the Library by this same author-illustrator team; it was about Lola making a weekly trip to the library with heAwhile back I read and enjoyed Lola at the Library by this same author-illustrator team; it was about Lola making a weekly trip to the library with her mother.
This story is about Lola going to the library with her daddy, then daddy reading her a different book each day and Lola taking what she heard/saw in the books to incorporate into her play the next day.
I don’t think I liked this one quite a much as the first book, but I did enjoy it, and I appreciated the father and daughter aspect of the story and the imaginative play inspired by books that’s highlighted.
The pictures worked very well with the story. The art style is such that for me it needed a strong and matching story to go with the illustrations, but that was indeed a condition met.
I really enjoyed this, but I am especially interested in libraries, books, and history. As far as a child picking up this book and reading it, I suspeI really enjoyed this, but I am especially interested in libraries, books, and history. As far as a child picking up this book and reading it, I suspect it’s more likely to be for schoolwork than for pure pleasure. Also, much of the information presented will most likely be known by many children old enough to want to read this, or have it read to them, but almost everyone will learn some things; I did. And, this book is definitely working as a recruiting tool to entice more readers to become librarians, and I might have been inspired had I read it when I was a child.
This is part of a series of informational “alphabet books” and this one is about libraries. Each letter has a 4 line long poem and then additional information on the page(s).
My Goodreads friend Abigail might have a twitching fit were she to read this book, given that A includes information about Aesop, the “scholar” “who wrote many fables.” Thanks to Abigail, I realized immediately that there might be some misinformation in this book. But, most of the information is most likely correct and much of it is interesting.
Just to give a flavor for what’s included: A is for Author, B is for Bookworm, C is for Library Card, D is for Dewey, E is for Early Books, F is for Fact and Fiction, G is for Gutenberg, H is for Historic, I is for Illustrations, J is for Juvenile Books, K is for Knowing, L is for Library of Congress, M is for Media Center, N is for Call Number, O is for Online, P is for Presidential Libraries, Q is for Quest, R is for Reference, S is for Storytelling, T is for Traveling Libraries, U is for Useful parts of a book, V is for Vocabulary, W is for Winner, X is for Xylograph, Y is for Yellow, Z is for Zestful. There are 2 pages at the end with additional facts and, while all are interesting, all the information could have probably been easily included in the A-Z pages.
The illustrations fit really well with the book’s content....more
The overflowing books in Meena’s house were just too close to home. So funny! This is a fantastic book for those whose homesI laughed so hard I cried.
The overflowing books in Meena’s house were just too close to home. So funny! This is a fantastic book for those whose homes are overflowing with books. I have such a place now, and my childhood home (especially until a friend of my parents built them a large bookcase) was similarly book filled.
I loved Meena’s cat Max. This is a good book for cat lovers also.
While it’s not a novel concept, I do like how this book shows kids all the joys that are in the pages of books. Books are not “just full of words.” The crying wolf was hysterical, and so different from the depiction of wolves as evil, and I almost choked with laughter when the rabbit mistakenly almost got put in the cookbook.
This is a fun book and I think it’s great for all kids, whether or not they generally love books.
My edition was a bilingual Tamil-English book.
And, the story tickled my fancy so much I almost forgot to mention that I also really enjoyed the illustrations. It is a picture book so that is important to know....more
I loved the illustrations in this book. They’re very colorful and vibrant. They jump right off the page, literally. Each illustration is in a square oI loved the illustrations in this book. They’re very colorful and vibrant. They jump right off the page, literally. Each illustration is in a square or rectangle and has a border, but in many of the paintings part of the content comes out of the border: a foot, the top of someone’s head, etc. The effect is very pleasing and provides a touch of whimsy.
The book started off slightly slow for me, but won me over. I love books about books. This is a story about a young boy, an Igbo man of Nigeria, who feels there is no reason for him to learn to read; he thinks he knows what his future holds and doesn’t think the ability to read will be useful to him. Then, he comes across a book that piques his curiosity. How this book’s contents open up the world for him, showing him a strange place with a strange creature (a snowman) and what then happens to and with that book and his motivation to learn to read turns out to be a delightful story.
The author has lived all over the world, Nigeria included, and I do feel that readers of this book get a little insight into another culture and way of life....more
This is a lovely and inspiring story. If not for the note about the story at the end of the book, which gives information about Tomås Rivera’s life, IThis is a lovely and inspiring story. If not for the note about the story at the end of the book, which gives information about Tomås Rivera’s life, I’d have thought the ending of the story was sad though.
I loved the illustrations. The way color is used is wonderful, and I like the muted quality of the pictures.
I appreciated how this migrant worker boy was helped by a librarian to find so much joy in books. Both the story and illustrations do a fabulous job of showing how the stories in books can come alive for their readers. the note at the end of the story also shows the power books and reading have: they can be life changing....more
This is an all in one sitting type of read, and I did read it all in one day. It’s told from the point of view of a 9-10 year old Jewish boy, a storytThis is an all in one sitting type of read, and I did read it all in one day. It’s told from the point of view of a 9-10 year old Jewish boy, a storyteller, who’s caught up in the Holocaust. This story is powerful, compelling, and so very sad, yet somehow uplifting too, and even amusing every once in a while. I’ll be thinking quite a bit about Felix, Zelda, Barney, and some other characters. Felix is a fine narrator and everyone and everything come across very vividly. The author’s note at the end is wonderful. My favorite line in it is “This story is my imagination trying to grasp the unimaginable.” I’m off to check out his website: www.morrisgleitzman.com. This book is book 1 of a trilogy and I’ve already reserved book 2 at the library. This book is in the children’s section of my library, but I’d say it’s best for older children, teens, and adults because it doesn’t at all shy away from the atrocities, and even though Felix starts off innocent and ignorant, he’s certainly not able to stay that way. There is one twist in the plot about one of the characters that I didn’t see coming, and that I thought was brilliant to include. Highly recommended, but not for kids who don’t already know about the Holocaust....more
I loved and was touched by this book about a very, very reluctant reader and an incredibly enthusiastic school librarian who uses everything from costI 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....more
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 onThe 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....more
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 loI 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....more
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....more