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Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't) Hardcover – March 9, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 470L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (March 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375846824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375846823
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, March 2010: If ever there were a perfect picture book for those so-called "reluctant readers" this is it. Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't) tells the story of Missy, a little girl who rejects just about every story that comes her way. She complains that "They're too kissy. Too pink. And too silly." The tireless librarian Miss Brooks is not about to give up, nor is Missy's mom. When Missy realizes she'd like to read about warts, Mom comes through with an inspired choice that sets this picky reader on the path to book bliss. Leave it to the pros--author Barbara Bottner and illustrator Michael Emberley to hit the funny bone with this clever and quirky new read.  --Lauren Nemroff


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Too Kissy, Too Pink, Too Silly Stubborn, Smelly, Snorty Ogre

Missy 1 Missy 2 Missy 3


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A scowling first-grader in spectacles, a knitted hat, and overalls cannot stand her bubbly librarian, who dresses up in costumes for reading circle, where she introduces books about dragons, Pilgrims, presidents, and Groundhogs, even! For Book Week, everyone in class has to bring a favorite story, and the young girl has only grouchy comebacks for the other kids, who enthusiastically share books about trains (too clickety), fairies (too flowery), cowboys (too yuppity), and dogs (too furry). When the librarian sends the little rebel home with a bagful of books, she does not like any of them––until she finds a story about a stubborn, smelly, snorty ogre with warts, William Steig’s Shrek, and that makes her grab more books about ogres, just like her. The cartoon-style illustrations extend the comedy in images of the expressive girl and her librarian, who dresses in wild miniskirts, boots, and flowers and is far from the usual stereotype. Lots of fun for avid and reluctant readers alike. Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman

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Miss Brooks, Missy and their hilarious antics will have you reading and re-reading this delightfully funny book.
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The illustrations were endearing and the storyline was delightful.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D.J. McKenna on March 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A quirky gun-ho librarian meets her match in an equally quirky reluctant reader who dismisses every book Miss Brooks offers. "Too pink." "To yippity." The determined Miss Brooks carries on with hysterical aplomb (her 'storytime costumes' made me laugh out loud. OMG her ode to Hungry Catepillar is just too funny!) In the end, a perfect book for her picky reader is found. The ghastly "Shrek" wins the heart of the little book grinch. And this book won mine.

Dead-on humor in sly, mischievious wording by Barbara Bottner. Joyous illustrations by Michael Emberley -- that I predict will soon adorn every children's library in the country. (How could they not?!) Trust me, you're gonna LOVE Miss Brooks (and kids will be more than entertained. Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G.R. Davidson on March 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
You know a book is funny when the title alone makes you laugh. "Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't)" will have you and your child laughing out loud right through the very last page. It's impossible to resist loving and laughing with the characters that Barbara Bottner (through her hilarious story) and Michael Emberley (with his quirky illustrations) have created--from Miss Brooks, the whacky librarian who dresses up as her favorite picture book characters (including runaway bunnies and wild things) to Missy, the little curmudgeon who insists she does not like books ("they're too furry, too kissy, too pink"). Miss Brooks wants everyone to be as enthusiastic about reading as she is. But Missy can't seem to find anything positive about the books Miss Brooks, or anyone else, reads. Until...she discovers there is something she really wants to read about.
Miss Brooks, Missy and their hilarious antics will have you reading and re-reading this delightfully funny book. And it wouldn't be at all surprising if this is the book that inspires a love of reading and literature in your child.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Schwartz on March 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
An exhilarating read that will wake up the latent reader in any child. Not only is this book perfect for reluctant readers, but in a clever and ironic twist, it's great for book lovers, as well. Barbara Bottner's intrepid librarian picks out cherished children's books to read to her charges, allowing young and old readers to relive these stories and recall how they touched our lives. Infectious characters, dry wit and funny slapstick, and a story that commemorates children's literature as a whole combine to make "Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't)" deserving of all the critical and popular praise it has received.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patti Chadwick VINE VOICE on March 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was such a fun book! The illustrations were endearing and the storyline was delightful. I know kids like this who just won't give reading a chance and I applaud Miss Brooks for her methods in winning over this child. This is a great book to share with a reluctant reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader VINE VOICE on April 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The truth and brilliance of this book take my breath away. This is a not a sentimental testimonial to the joys of reading but a realistic and oh-so-humorous tribute to those kids who challenge librarians every day by declaring, "I don't like to read."

This declaration is often a plea as they really DO want to find the right book to read but they are afraid it will never happen. The young girl in this story is one of those kids. Reading does not interest her. The librarian, Miss Brooks, never gives up though. She is relentless in her efforts to make the match between book and reader. When it does not happen she is non-judgmental and just keeps trying.

The crisis arises during Book Week as each student must share a book they love. What happens if you do not love a book?

Emberley's Miss Brooks is a zany, costumed, book loving, cheerleader who is not offended at the child's lack of interest. Her demented "Hungry Caterpillar" costume is worth the price of the book. The child's slouchy, short stature and pulled down hat/hands in her pockets demeanor, tell us a great deal about her expectations for reading success. Later, her jubilant face tells the rest of the story when she does find the right book at the right time that is worthy of her attention. The book she loves is a perfect match, full of warts and snorts.
I wish every child had a patient "Miss Brooks" in their life to help them all find the "right" book to love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By De Bond on October 29, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What a wonderful book! It really hit home for my students who don't have the "Love" for reading yet. You'll enjoy it!
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Format: Hardcover
Librarians can be really funny. Miss Brooks was crazy about books. If there was a desk under all those books it would be a miracle. She had posters and signs that said things like "I love books" or "read." Of course the "love" was in the shape of a heart. Her love of books was as crazy as her hairstyle. Books made her smile, but they just made one little girl look bored. She just plain old did not like them. You name a book and Miss Brooks loved it. She would even dress up for story time and said, "I want you to get as excited about books as I am." Not very likely.

There was Halloween. Miss Brooks dressed up (ugh!) like a pumpkin. She loved to dress up for every holiday. She dressed up as a dragon, a leprechaun, a pilgrim, Abe Lincoln, and even a groundhog. Then when May came around Miss Brooks went crazy and said, "You each need to pick a favorite story to share with the class. I want you to wear a costume and tell us about it . . . " This Book Week could cause real problems for a girl who did NOT like books. It was time to ask her mother if they could move, but she just said "there's a librarian in every town." Was there ever going to be a book that a dedicated book hater might just fall in love with?

This charmingly hysterical tale will be the favorite of every librarian around, especially during Book Week. Of course, we can't forget the holidays. This book captures the very essence and enthusiasm of a dedicated librarian, one determined to make every last one of her young charges into book lovers (at least the lover of one). The artwork meshes perfectly with the story and of course everyone's favorite scene will likely be that of the smiling librarian buried in books at her desk. I loved the charming little twist at the end of the book. If this book isn't already on the shelves of your library, I'm sure someone, perhaps a dedicated librarian, will order it soon!
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