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The Best Place to Read Hardcover – January 28, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (January 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375822933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375822933
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 9.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,647,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Eager to read his new book, the narrator of Bertram and Bloom's frolicsome debut just can't find the right spot to read. "I love Grammy's soft, cozy chair./ But so does old Rover. I tell him, `Move over,'/ But he won't make room for me there." The bean bag chair springs a leak, the backyard sprinklers drench him, and a wayward spring in "a lumpy and bumpy old chair" shoots him up "so high in the air." Finally he finds "the best place to be, just my book, Mom, and me"-his mother's lap. Except for a handful of awkward verses, the bouncy rhymes accentuate the slapstick and capture the boy's eagerness, frustration and (at last) cozy bliss. Garland (The Mouse Before Christmas) follows the text's light-hearted lead with computer-generated illustrations that recall Toy Story in the sculpted-clay look of figures and objects. The narrator's melon-size head sits atop a diminutive body, and his geometric world sports perfectly round bushes, with vibrant backgrounds featuring strong patterns. But the stylized approach diminishes the tender conclusion: in his mother's lap the boy appears stiff and his expression seems almost vacant. Aside from the chilly visual wrap-up, however, the story should elicit some giggles. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-A young boy describes his dilemma: he has a new book, but can't seem to find a comfortable and quiet place to read it. Like Goldilocks, he finds various seats too small, too chilly, too wobbly, or already occupied. The singsong verses describe how he rejects one spot after another as a spring in the old armchair comes loose under him, a lawn sprinkler turns on next to him, and his brother's beanbag chair explodes beneath him. The lighthearted artwork has the flat look of computer graphics, and some of the images seem slightly out of focus. Despite a satisfactory ending (the boy and his mother read together in a cozy chair), the overall effect is wearing, as the slight, single-minded plot barely manages to sustain interest. Still, young readers will enjoy exploring the colorful details that fill this child's world. A mixed effort that's mildly appealing.
Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Customer Reviews

A good book to read aloud.
luvgrdane
I picked this book as a gift for a teacher friend (1st grade) who does a unit about where kids like to read.
M. J.
Wonderful poetry, excellent pictures, and fabulous message.
Shelley Kriegler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on May 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
"A new book for me-/I can't wait to read!/I run to my own little chair./I'm growing too tall and the seat is too small,/So I am not comfortable there." Now where is the perfect place for our young narrator to read his new book? He looks all over the house and even outside, but can't quite find just the right spot. Grammy's soft, cozy chair is being used by Rover, and he's not sharing. Daddy's chair is under the cold, blowing ceiling fan, and his brother's beanbag chair has sprung a leak. The kitchen's too sticky and messy, Grandpa's chair has sprung a spring, and though the backyard is warm and sunny, the sprinklers come on as soon as he settles in and now it's too wet out there. "I dry myself off./I give up, I can't read./I've tried to sit down everywhere./With no reading done, I'm still on page one-/I can't find a comfortable chair!" Debbie Bertram and Susan Bloom's clever, rhyming text is engaging and full of bouncy energy, and complemented by Michael Garland's bold, bright, and playful illustrations. Each page dazzles with vibrant color, marvelous facial expressions, and humor as our frustrated hero is thwarted again and again as he runs from room to room looking for just the right place to read. With a sweet ending to set everything right, The Best Place To Read is a heartwarming, joyous romp preschoolers will beg to read again and again. "Mommy, oh, Mom!/May I sit on your lap?/I love it so much when we share." The best place to be, just my book, Mom, and me-/At last.../In a comfortable chair."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Kriegler on February 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful poetry, excellent pictures, and fabulous message. This is a must-read for all little kids and their parents.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan McMackin Reynolds on September 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
No no no! This author has the premise all wrong. Looking for a place to read and pointing out all the problems is not a good message to give early readers or pre-readers.

As a mom and grandmother I want all my offspring and beyond to be happy to have a book anytime and anyplace, even in the most uncomfortable situations in the car next to the sister who is making weird noises.

The story children find in a book takes them into a new place in their mind, and they are no longer in the wobbly chair or near the gurgling coffee pot. Though I give the author points for effort, with a flawed premise where can one go?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Robinson on August 1, 2008
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This is the book I keep on hand for a new baby gift. It gives the parents and child a cute message on how important it is to read to children at an early age. I was introduced to the book at a children's literature conference. I have gotten many thank yous years and years after the newborn was in school! Even though I am a retired kindergarten teacher - I am still contributing to early childhood eduaction! :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on December 21, 2012
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We liked that it was a boy and that the best place was with mom. The wording was very rythmic and fun to read to kids.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ga teacher on September 6, 2010
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I used this book in one of my Reader's Workshop lessons to talk about different places to read. My students reallly enjoyed this book and it sparked lots of discussions on where they like to enjoy books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Kriegler on February 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Wonderful poetry, excellent pictures, and fabulous message. This is a must-read for all little kids!
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By fonderrobert on July 12, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
It's an ok book for a first grader to read. It's simplified and an easy read. Read the book today.
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