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The Best Time to Read (Picture Book) Hardcover – July 26, 2005

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Picture Book
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (July 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375830251
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375830259
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–A boy is excited about his newly acquired ability to read and wants to share a book aloud with someone in his family. He goes through the house and yard trying to find a listener, but everyone is busy and (unfortunately) caught in a stereotypical moment: Mom is cooking; Dad is mowing the lawn; Grandma is knitting; sister is in a quandary over what to wear; brother is at the computer; and Grandpa is napping. Just when he's about to give up and is resigned to read aloud to his stuffed animals, his family comes through. The computer-enhanced artwork gives the characters a shiny, plastic-doll appearance. This rhyming story is not about the magical connection between a reader and a wonderful book, but it speaks of reading as a social activity that involves love and fun, and that may be its strength.–Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA
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K-Gr. 2. A proud young boy who has just mastered reading tries to find someone to listen to him demonstrate his new talent. But Mom is making beef stew, Dad is mowing, big brother is at the computer, big sister is trying on clothes, and so on. No one has time to listen to him read--not even Rover, who bolts at the sound of kibble in his dish. However, no sooner does he go to his bedroom to read to his bunnies and bears than there's a knock on his door: his entire family is ready to listen. Like The Best Place to Read (2003), the authors' first book about reading, this is presented in rhyme. Collage-style illustrations use patterned backgrounds to backlight the wide-eyed, plasticine-like faces of the characters and capture the elation of that magic moment when the lightbulb clicks: "I can read all by myself!" Budding bibliophiles arise! Julie Cummins
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janette Fuller on January 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
"May I read to you?", asked the young boy.
A young reader is searching for someone to listen to him read aloud. Is there anyone in his family who will take time to listen?
"The Best Time to Read", by Debbie Bertram and Susan Bloom, is a rhyming picture book that will entertain and delight young readers.

This picture book features a young boy who is just learning to read. He has a book in his hand and goes to each member of his family asking them to listen to him read the book aloud.

Unfortunately, it seems that everyone is busy and the boy retreats to his room to read to his stuffed animals. Wait! He hears a knock at his door and his entire family (even the dog) wants to listen to the boy read.

The book ends with a family story time on the floor of the boy's room.

When I worked as an elementary school librarian, I was always looking for books that would promote reading. This rhyming picture book is a perfect example of the kind of material that I enjoyed sharing with my students.

This book was originally published in 2005 and was released as an ebook for the Kindle in February, 2011. I viewed the book on my Kindle 3 (black-and-white pictures) and the Kindle for PC application (color pictures). The color illustrations, by Michael Garland, are amazing and add depth and emotion to the text. The black-and-white illustrations are clear and bright.

Each page of the book consists of a picture and three lines of text on the Kindle. The text appears above the picture and is clear and easy to read. The pictures take up about one-third of the screen and the lower portion of the screen is blank - it would have been nice to see the pictures filling up the entire screen.

This story promotes reading and family unity.
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By RC on June 13, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
My five-year old gives it 5 stars. He reads on his own now; he sat down and read it and he said he loved it!
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By Amy B. on May 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Such a cute book to read in the beginning of the year to introduce when is the right time to read. Thank you!
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