Joanna Cole and Stephanie Calmenson, creators of the well-loved anthology Ready... Set... Read!
, are back again to lure unsuspecting children into the world of words. They have gathered together stories, poems, and jokes, lavished with artwork by all-time favorite illustrators including James Marshall, Dr. Seuss, and Maurice Sendak. The stories, poems, and jokes in this learn-to-read anthology are guaranteed to tickle any young reader's funny bone. Who needs TV when such a mélange of side-splitting humor is available? The format is easy to read, with simple vocabulary, large type, and wonderfully fun and colorful illustrations. Children are introduced to the stories by authors and illustrators with whom they will soon become fast and lifelong friends. The Ready... Set... Read! books serve as a delicious appetizer to the full repast of children's literature. (Ages 5 and older) --Emilie Coulter
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2-This second collaboration by Cole and Calmenson is even better than Ready Set Read (Doubleday, 1990), as the selections are more in tune with young readers' sense of humor. Children will be amused and entertained by the 5 stories (including Nancy Shaw's Sheep in a Shop and an excerpt from James Marshall's Fox on the Job); 14 poems (by Karla Kuskin, Eve Merriam, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and others); and 7 assorted riddles, songs, and games. The illustrations are bright and cheerful; some are reproduced from their original sources, and some were done especially for this volume by Melissa Sweet and Chris Demarest. Adding to the volume's appeal to fledgling readers is the fact that it looks more like a chapter book than a typical beginning reader. Another bonus is the variety of literary forms included, which just might lead youngsters to other collections of poetry, rebuses, or riddles. A highly appealing anthology.Sue Norris, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
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