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K Grade 3—A young boy's obsession with collecting leaves the rest of his town without books, as Alfred Zector creates his own lonely, book-filled prison. After spending years and years reading everything he owns, he realizes that something is missing in his life and he begins giving his treasures away. The story ends with the greeting-card phrase, "the best kinds of books are the books that are shared." Straining to make this point interesting, DiPucchio writes in predictable rhyme, which is illustrated with flat, cartoonish artwork. A better choice about what happens when a community's books disappear is Patricia Polacco's Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair (Philomel, 1996).—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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About the Author

Kelly DiPucchio is the author of numerous children's books, including the New York Times bestselling Grace for President. She also wrote Dinosnores, What's the Magic Word?, and Bed Hogs. Kelly lives in southeastern Michigan with her husband and three children.

Macky Pamintuan is an accomplished artist who lives in the Philippines with his wife, Aymone; their baby girl, Alison; and a West Highland white terrier named Winter.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (May 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060005815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060005818
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kelly DiPucchio is the award-winning author of several children's books, including New York Times bestseller, GRACE FOR PRESIDENT, and THE SANDWICH SWAP, a book co-authored for Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, which President Bill Clinton called "a delightful story." Kelly has been a featured author/speaker at numerous schools, public libraries, universities, and conferences such as: the International Reading Association, Michigan Reading Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. You can visit her online at

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Alfred Zector is a lonely boy, and after he finds out the joy to be had from books, he starts collecting them until he owns every book in town! Alfred becomes house bound in a house crammed full of books but little else. After reading all the books he owns, he wonders "what now" and then proceeds to discover the best thing of all about books - that they are meant to be shared.

The illustrations here are vibrant and fun, and the author's rhymes are never forced, making this a book that's fun to read aloud. I like the message here and hope it will encourage young book lovers to share their collections and visit the library, the headquarters of book sharers everywhere! A solid recommend for older preschoolers and early elementary students.
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Alfred Zector had books all over the place. They were crammed in the chair beside him, on the window sill, on top of the mantle, and scattered across the floor. Alfred just LOVED books and best of all, he loved to collect them. While all the other boys were having lots of fun, he felt left out because he was so shy and bookish and the only thing that "brought him joy" was books. Books, books, books, and more books . . . he just had to have them all. He started to collect them and before you know it, he had so many they started to overtake the house.

Alfred smiled as he surveyed his mighty stacks of books. "He thought he'd be happy / after only one more. But that led to two books, / then three books, then four!" Even that wasn't enough and he decided that he needed to have all of them. He was so obsessed by the thought that when he saw the last book in town he even willingly traded his "shiny red bike" for it. Yes, he was that crazy about books. There were no more books in town and his house was POOF bursting at the seams. Alfred should have been happy, but wasn't. What would have to happen to make him happy again!

This zany story of Alfred Zecor, one of the biggest bibliophiles you'll ever want to meet, will resonate with readers everywhere. Anyone, young and old alike, who is wild about books will be able to relate to Alfred. His habit was almost like eating chips . . . he had to have just one more and that was it. For the bibliophile just one more often isn't enough. When we see Alfred we soon understand that sharing books will bring a lot more enjoyment than hoarding them. The brilliant, deep colors of the artwork are very appealing and Alfred's portrait has a slight Harry Potterish look about it. Speaking of magic, if your youngster just can't get enough books, this is one you might want to make room for!
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By Amazon Customer on January 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Alfred Zector book collector

By Kelly Dipucchio

Have you ever seen a boy that loves books and cares about books?
Well I am going to talk about it. The genre of my book is Realistic fiction. The main charter is Alfred Zector. It takes place at Alfred Zectors's house

Guest what. My favorite part is when Alfred Zector tells a little boy that has a book to trade for Alfred Zector bike.

The positive things are that he never forgets books. And that he love books. I will give it 5 STARS. I hope you read this book (ho) and don't forget it's my favorite book. Read it!
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