From School Library Journal
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.