This story and its pictures are charming with a capital C.
I loved the illustrations; they have a very unique style, and I loved it.
The story is of a gThis story and its pictures are charming with a capital C.
I loved the illustrations; they have a very unique style, and I loved it.
The story is of a gentle and polite, and homeless black cat named Herbert, who learns from books at the library that witches love black cats, so he goes off to find a witch in the hopes that he then will no longer be lonely and cold.
There is some heartache along the way, but the happy ending had me smiling.
A cat, a library, library books, and wonderful illustrations: What’s not to love?
Thanks to Goodreads friend Abigail who alerted me to this one, and grateful feelings to my library because they had a copy available for borrowing. It’s a shame this book has so few ratings and reviews by Goodreads’ members....more
I thoroughly enjoyed this autobiographical book. The author, who has written children’s books, including Tacky the Penguin, talks straightforwardly abI thoroughly enjoyed this autobiographical book. The author, who has written children’s books, including Tacky the Penguin, talks straightforwardly about what the writing process is like, its joys and challenges. She started off “mirror writing” and overcame that learning disability and then did become a teacher then a writer. She writes about the difficulties of the writing process, getting published, etc. She’s funny and poignant.
I wish I’d had this book as a kid. I think it’s a terrific book for any child who writes or wants to be a writer, including simply writing required papers for school. It shows the toil and disappointment as well as the enjoyment that is part of the writing process.
It’s a sweet, funny, and informative book.
The illustrations worked well for this book. I especially liked the two pages where the author shows her pig and then her illustrator’s pig. Oh, and I actually loved her pig.
4 stars for how much I enjoyed it; 5 stars for what it can accomplish in reader children’s lives = 4-1/2. I’m upping it to 5 because I’ve never read anything quite like it. It’s a very simple book but it's powerful....more
Well, I thought I’d love this, but it was just okay. Books! Books and animals!; this book should be exactly my cup of teaOh dear; I feel sacrilegious.
Well, I thought I’d love this, but it was just okay. Books! Books and animals!; this book should be exactly my cup of tea. Much to my surprise, I was disappointed in this book.
But, while I liked that the allure of books is shown and the last line is mildly amusing and books compared with computers is an interesting concept, most of this book was sort of blah for me.
I wasn’t enamored of the pictures and there is not much of a story, rather just a monkey telling a jackass what a book isn’t and a bit about what a book is. I could think of much more interesting examples than the ones mentioned. Perhaps if more examples, and different examples, of real books had been given, books of interest to me, I’d have liked it more. The example that is used might help make this book appealing to boys who don’t like to read, some girls too. But I am skeptical that this book will motivate kids to pick up another book and read it. I know that this was supposed to be a humorous book, and maybe it was my mood, but at best I was only very mildly amused.
If I hadn’t had high expectations, I might have given this an extra star, but maybe not, because I don’t see myself deliberately picking up this book to read it to children....more
This is a wonderful true story. Luis Soriana and his burros are still acting as a library to areas thatAdorable and inspiring. I want to donate books!
This is a wonderful true story. Luis Soriana and his burros are still acting as a library to areas that would otherwise not have access to books. This is a modern story. According to the author’s note at the end of the book, this man and his burros started delivering books starting in 2000 when he had 70 books; he now has over 4,800 books to share.
This is an inspiring account. Yes, one person can make a difference, and can turn a “problem” into a wonderful solution. Perhaps “only” 300 people are benefiting, but their lives are vastly improved.
I enjoyed this simple little tale. It’s funny and sweet. I could have done without the bandits page but I guess that part is probably realistic and also shows what Luis is willing to go through to get the books to people who will appreciate them.
The illustrations won me over. They’re so charming. Young children will enjoy looking at all the details, including the hilariously placed butterflies on almost every page. The burros are so huggable! The bright colors and art style make these pictures special.
5 stars for the man and his project, and a solid 4 stars for the book....more
Oh, I just loved this book. From beginning to its very wonderful end.
I’m in love with Jasper Fforde. He’s got a brilliant imagination and he’s hilarioOh, I just loved this book. From beginning to its very wonderful end.
I’m in love with Jasper Fforde. He’s got a brilliant imagination and he’s hilarious, so wickedly funny!
At first I was puzzled and missed the “real” Thursday and the “real” Pickwick, but I quickly got on board with this romp. I ended up loving the written Thursday and I loved Sprockett, her butler. I got reminded of the previous books as I read, especially in the little blurbs that start each chapter.
A fun and clever book. A great comfort read and a perfect escape book. For me, a major mood booster too.
I love the “book world” and I adore maps. And at the beginning of the book there is a map of fiction island and it’s incredibly entertaining. I referred to it frequently, as much as I do maps of actual places when I read non-fiction and historical fiction books. I appreciated that clowns were placed in the horror genre and the sub-islands are a particular delight. In addition to the map, there are also several other drawings by Fforde.
In this book, Fforde manages to poke fun at everything from teenagers to Rubik’s Cubes, including books, genres, self-publishing, fan fiction, movies, television, technology, and so much else about life, including the whole world and all people, and in this book an awful lot about e-books, and his own previous Thursday Next books too, and all of it so amusing. It’s a blast to read. I smiled or chucked on nearly every page, and there were so very many quotes I wanted to quote in my review, so much of the book; for instance pages 291 to 294 almost in their entirety, but had I started quoting a huge part of the book would have made it into my review, so I decided to completely restrain myself, and leave the pleasure for others to read the book for themselves.
This sixth Thursday Next book is a winner. I hope there are more books in the series, but if not, this one works well enough as a final book. For me: a complete joy....more
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my very favorite all time books. My copy is so tattered it’s almost unreadable (so I did buy the 50th anniversary editTo Kill a Mockingbird is one of my very favorite all time books. My copy is so tattered it’s almost unreadable (so I did buy the 50th anniversary edition for actual further readings.) My copy is a paperback copy that was originally my mother’s; its cover price was 60¢. It’s one of only 4 books I’ve read at least 100 times; I read it for the first time when I was 12. I don’t know the book verbatim, but I know many passages by heart. I feel as though I have much of the book memorized. (The movie came out when I was 9 and I did see it in the theater with my parents, so the movie came first for me; I like both movie and book. The movie is great. The book is a true masterpiece.) It’s one of those books I love so much, I haven’t yet been able to write a worthy review; I haven’t even tried.
I’m a huge fan of both Scout and Atticus, especially Scout. I would have had a lot to say for this book as, I’m sure, would most of its readers.
So, this book: It was a huge pleasure to immerse myself in all things Mockingbird, read others’ feelings and thoughts about the book. (I won’t list every contributor in my review. I added them all to the book’s description field.)
As I was reading I knew that I was going to see the movie again pronto (this weekend!) and I’m excited to have a plan to reread the book (first reads for a couple of people) with a small group of other Goodreads members in early August.
My biggest gripe about this book and the main reason I didn’t assign it 5 stars: As I read the essays it felt at times as though I’d already read them and it was because long passages from them were quoted in the introductory section of the book. I wish either the author had just written a book and used quotes from a bunch of people/the contributors or (my preference) that in her introductory portion she just gave the history of the book and times and her own impressions of the book, and not quoted at all from the essays by various people that are to follow.
It’s funny that To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all time favorite books but, even though I have some biographies on my shelf, I’ve never known much about Harper Lee. At times felt a little uncomfortable when certain interviewees talked about their personal knowledge of her, worried that she’d feel displeased because her privacy had been violated, but it was so exciting to get to know her via people who’ve known her, some who’ve known her very well. It was a great pleasure to get to know her. Now, I really do want to read as much as I can about her. I was a bit surprised and delighted to see how much of To Kill a Mockingbird ] is autobiographical re its author and the town too; the times I knew about already, even though it took place in a different part of the country and a couple decades before I was born.
It was a huge comfort to read others’ feelings and thoughts and see that so many people have a lot of the same feelings about the book and its characters that I do. It’s one of my new comfort read books, not in the same league with To Kill a Mockingbird, but only a handful of books are in that category.
A Warning: Open up some time for a reread of To Kill a Mockingbird and then perhaps some time to see the movie again too. This book will make you yearn to experience them again. I wanted more contributors in this book, I want to read more about Nelle Harper, I want to see the movie again, and most of all, I can’t wait to experience the book yet again. This book is a powerful book pusher....more
This book came out when I was 4 or 5 and I’ll bet I read it when I was young, but I don’t remember it. I hope that I read it when I was 5 or 6 or 7; IThis book came out when I was 4 or 5 and I’ll bet I read it when I was young, but I don’t remember it. I hope that I read it when I was 5 or 6 or 7; I would have absolutely loved it.
It’s a very cute story, very 1958, but I think today’s young readers will enjoy it too. The text is good for early readers, and younger children will enjoy having this read to them.
Most kids like dinosaurs and the dinosaur here is adorable. He’s endearing, friendly, helpful, and he uses correct grammar too. He’s funny too, if you get the jokes.
The illustrations are really great; they’re a lot of fun.
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.