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Miss Brooks' Story Nook (where tales are told and ogres are welcome) [Kindle Edition]

Barbara Bottner , Michael Emberley
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A hilarious companion to the New York Times bestselling Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t) about the power of stories and storytelling.
Missy loves her librarian, Miss Brooks. And she loves to go to Miss Brooks’ before-school story time. But to get to Story Nook, she has to pass Billy Toomey’s house—and she does not love Billy Toomey.
Billy always tries to steal her hat and jeers, “I’m going to get you!” It’s vexing. Then one rainy (and hatless) day, Miss Brooks changes story hour to storytelling hour. She teaches the kids about characters and plot and action and satisfying conclusions and encourages them to make up their own tales.
And that’s when Missy has a brainstorm. She sees a way to use her made-up story to deal with her real-life bully.
In this terrifically funny ode to inventiveness and ingenuity, Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley celebrate the power of stories and how they can help us to rewrite our own lives.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 2—When a power outage strikes during story time, the school librarian invites her students to create a tale. Due to conflicts of preference—ogres, snakes, kittens, or ghosts—the students create their own endings to the tale of Graciela the witch. The narrator, a charmingly disheveled young girl, decides to rev up the horror in her tale in order to intimidate the class bully. Emberley's cartoons detail imaginary reptiles and fearful children with equal panache. The story introduces some elements of fiction writing, such as plot, action, and endings. Elementary-aged readers will identify with the classroom dynamics.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

About the Author

BARBARA BOTTNER studied painting in Paris, worked as a set desinger, toured as part of an acting ensemble, and made animated shorts for Sesame Street before turning to writing and illustrating children's books. She is the author of more than 36 books, including Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I Don't) and Bootsie Barker Bites, illustrated by Peggy Rathmann.

MICHAEL EMBERLEY has been writing and illustrating children's books since 1979. He has more than 20 books to his credit, and he has a sister and father (Rebecca and Ed) who also make children's books. His hobbies include bicycle racing, bike riding, cycling, mountain biking, and avoiding driving.

Product Details

  • File Size: 8091 KB
  • Print Length: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IBZ40JI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,838 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has a great, creative conclusion! September 4, 2014
I loved this fantastic read aloud in which the power of imagination and storytelling defeat a neighborhood bully. Missy is often late for her favorite part of the day - Miss Brooks' Story Nook - because of Billy, who picks on her as she makes her way to school. When a power outage prompts Miss Brooks to encourage the students to make up their own stories, Missy is skeptical... she likes to hear stories, not make them up! But, before she knows it, Missy is creating her very own story with a villain that she battles in real life: Billy. A great, creative conclusion to this inspiring story about the power of story make this book a must.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Funny, fabulous wise and wonderful. Children will love it and librarians will adore. The pictures are fantastic. Barbara Bottner deserves to go down in the history of children's book writers as one of the best. I can't stop smiling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend all of her work August 6, 2014
charming, wise and admire all of Barbara Bottner's creations!
her capricious view of the world and her enormous heart is everywhere in
her writing ! Highly recommend all of her work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Brooks is MY kind of Librarian! August 10, 2014
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Miss Brooks is the never-tiring librarian who wants her students to love reading as much as she does. As a former elementary teacher and now a professor of children’s literature, I totally understand that feeling!

What seems evident to those who have shared the previous Miss Brooks story, Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don’t), teachers are delighted to see the development of Missy, from reluctant reader to being able to(and more importantly, WANTING to) put together a story, revise it, and use it as a powerful social tool.

This story addresses many real life classroom issues: reading, finding just the right book for your audience, plot development, bullying, and problem solving. It really shows that when children can write about their own topics, their motivation is high!

The delightful illustrations make this group of young children come alive with contorted faces, lots of expression, and that wonderful look when an idea has stuck!

Bottner and Emberly combine their talents with another winning book. Kids, teachers, and librarians will love this one, too!
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