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Carlo Likes Reading Hardcover – August 6, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763615501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763615505
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 10 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This giraffe hero's entire world is labeled with name tags; the text "Carlo reads his bedroom" accompanies newcomer Spanyol's opening full-bleed spread, which identifies everything from the stars on Carlo's mobile to the bunny slippers by his bed. But Carlo doesn't just read for his own edification. About midway through the book, following his mother's example, Carlo reads the labels as well as books to eager audiences (including a duck family). The vignettes don't fit together into a coherent narrative arc, and Spanyol's choice of an ending seems odd: Carlo is last seen galloping on a hillside in a completely unlabeled landscape, as if the author is finally giving the giraffe a break from all that literacy training. Still, Carlo's bright-eyed, plush-toy cuteness and Spanyol's sunny, acrylic palette make every spread appealing. And youngsters should get a giggle from the way the author deliberately goes overboard on her tagging, identifying not just objects but soap bubbles, spilt milk, "goo," various insects and even Carlo's dad's bottom. There's plenty here to inspire pointing and identifying action on the part of emerging readers. Ages 2-6.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

reS-K-Carlo is a giraffe with bright eyes and a curious face. He goes from room to room in his house, visits some familiar places (park, store, etc.), and reads all of the labels on the objects and friends around him. For example, the spread for "Carlo reads the bathroom" shows a toothbrush, bathmat, shower, spider, frog, sink, etc. The featured items are realistically drawn in bright colors and very much a part of a child's world. It is also very clear that Carlo loves to read. In a way, this book is reminiscent of Richard Scarry's work. There are lots of things to point out and recognize and see what their "labels" look like in print. Young children know what a chair is but it's helpful to see the word tied to it. There is no story line but for youngsters learning objects, animals, etc., this is a fine book to share, one-on-one or with a small group.

Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Amara VINE VOICE on June 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
My almost 3 year old is completely and totally taken with this book! We are reading it many, many times a day. It's such a simple yet somewhat unique concept---a giraffe goes through his day reading the labels which are on everything in his environment. They are not labeled like Richard Scarry books, but have pictures of actual labels attached to them with strings. It looks so cute when things like a row of ants are labeled! I think this book is giving my daughter the idea that you can read the name of anything---not that someone that young really needs to learn that yet, but if there's a book that she loves and which teaches also, that's fine with me! Her favorite page shows Carlo reading a baby book to a baby giraffe. The book shows reading as a enjoyable everyday activity. I really do highly recommend it!
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By Lynn Addicott on November 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My grandson who is 5 signed this book out of the library and fell in love with it .
He loved the pictures and laughed so much at Carlos reading hid Dad .
It is a favorite of his . I'm so glad I found it in Amazon.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Carlo the giraffe likes to read. Objects in his house are labeled---even his dad. Spanyol's simple text is appropriate for toddlers and young preschoolers. Parents can encourage children to identify the objects and begin to associate them with the written word. Bold black text and bright colorful illustrations on double-paged spreads make an attractive format.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Grandma on March 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Our grandson didn't enjoy this book. I think he is too young for it. I have saved it for later.
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