From Library Journal
We expect a lot of Trelease, and this enticing anthology does not disappoint. The 50 selections, sensibly grouped by subject (real life, fantasy, classics, folktales) and difficulty, range from good to outstanding. Some are complete stories; others are appetite-whetting chapters from novels; all are aimed at K-4. Many pieces come from "old favorites" ( Bambi , Homer Price , Charlotte's Web ), while others have been rescued from undeserved obscurity (including a French gem, "The Magic Thread"). Each carefully chosen piece has also been given a setting that shows it to best advantage. Trelease easily captures the reader's interest, particularly with his engaging introductions but also with the lively note on follow-up reading that rounds out each selection. The buttonholing excitement of the title animates these fascinating mini-essays. Not only will this collection circulate, but the sources Trelease so enthusiastically describes will get a boost off the shelf too.- Patricia Dooley, Univ. of Washington Lib. Sch., Seattle
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Jim Trelease is the editor of two anthologies, Read All About It! and Hey! Listen to This, and the author of the one that started it all, The Read-Aloud Handbook. His writing has appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post.