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Ready, Set, Read--And Laugh!: A Funny Treasury for Beginning Readers Hardcover – August 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books for Young Readers (August 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385321198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385321198
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Stephanie Calmenson's books have been called "marvelous" (Publishers Weekly), "lyrical" (School Library Journal), "hilarious" (School Library Journal), "sweet, funny, and right on the mark" (Booklist). She writes for babies, toddlers, elementary school kids and for all ages about dogs. Among her most popular titles are DINNER AT THE PANDA PALACE; THE PRINCIPAL'S NEW CLOTHES; LATE FOR SCHOOL!; OLLIE'S SCHOOL DAY: A Yes-and-No Book; MAY I PET YOUR DOG?; ROSIE, A VISITING DOG'S STORY and NO DOGS ALLOWED! Book #1 of the Ready, Set, Dogs! series written with Joanna Cole. A former teacher, children's book editor, and Editorial Director of the Parents Magazine Press Read-Aloud Book Club, Stephanie feels privileged to have found work that brings together her love of kids, words and laughter.

To read more, please visit www.stephaniecalmenson.com

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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Julie Fuqua on January 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book my 10 year old has picked up and read--just for the absolute joy of reading.We enjoyed this book very much! It's for early-beginner readers, but is a book that everyone can enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Online Queen on November 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
When my daughter started school, the kids had to read things like "the cat sat on the mat." She hated it; it made no sense to her (she is very smart). I found this book series, full of fun poetry and rhymes - she took to reading like a fish to water! Today, at 18, she reads voraciously, 200 pages an hour! She still loves those books! If you have a reluctant reader, this is the book of magic!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda on April 22, 2011
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My two kids read it many times. They were 5 & 7 when I bought the book. 2 years later, they still enjoy reading the book. Very good book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PryncesPhD on February 8, 2013
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My sons are in kindergarten and just learning to read. They were getting bored with their school books so I picked this up (and another by the same author). I was a bit worried that it would be difficult, but so far it is perfect. In each story there may be two or three words that are beyond their current reading ability, but they love learning new words, looking at the pictures and laughing at the content. A great buy for anyone who is looking for a book to supplement their early reader!!
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