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The Wonder Book Library Binding – February 9, 2010

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—Here is a joyous, totally original potpourri of stories, poems, lists, palindromes, visual jokes, and random observations about the universal delights and conundrums of childhood. Set squarely in the world of the 21st-century child, with references to tae kwon do, 50 TV channels, and chocolate-chip pancakes, these varied musings nonetheless speak to everyone's inner child, young or old, mentioning table manners, dinosaurs, bratty children, whining, the tooth fairy, and moms and dads who can't relate. Simple, evocative, and childlike black-and-white line drawings, in concert with judicious and varied use of white space, perfectly capture the happy/sad/serious/silly moods of the selections. A book that can be opened on any page, it includes a handy, tongue-in-cheek index of key words and images to guide readers to subjects of interest. Make room on the poetry shelf between Prelutsky and Silverstein: fans of such well-loved titles as The New Kid on the Block (1984) and A Light in the Attic (1981, both HarperCollins) will flock to this winning volume of sheer fun.—Kathleen Finn, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, VT
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

This silly compendium of puns, prose, poems, and puzzlers raises questions that kids wonder about; e.g., “I wonder if a dog breaks a mirror, if it has 49 years of bad luck” or “I wonder if laughing hyenas ever cry. From one-liners to full-page poems, some of the humor is spot-on, while some may be a stretch for the primary level (“This little piggy played the stock market / This little piggy loved a gnome / This little piggy was a toast thief / This little piggy loved a nun.” Some ditties rely on visual jokes, such as “Week at a Glance,” which renames “Monday” as “Money Day” and depicts three piglets with coin slots in their backs—piggy banks. The childlike black-and-white sketches and compositions are reminiscent of Shel Silverstein, while the prose hints at Jack Prelutsky. Intended to be read in bits and pieces; an index closes, though its usefulness is limited. Grades 2-4. --Julie Cummins --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Library Binding: 80 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061429759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061429750
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,684,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maria Gagliano TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When I first flipped through the book, I was excited to read it to my kids. I wanted to read from cover to cover but found myself skimming which as I look know is exactly what Amy writes in the front of the cover jacket. "You can open the book up anywhere and read."

In A Nutshell: I think this is a brilliant book and really fun to read out loud. There are so many parts of the book I want to talk about like; Word Play (In Four Acts) "The Bicycle couldn't stand alone (it was two tired)". Bwaahah.


Stop That! Be Quiet! Please Sit Still!! About a little boy who is constantly being told to "Stop that, yada, yada, until the end when he and his father pass an old man rocking on his swing. Dad says, "Shhh, the man is resting." The man says, "Oh don't stop! Be louder! I am so glad that you are here! What a lovely spirit you have! And it brings me such cheer!


In the Sea
Don't look under
While I pee.....

The book is really cute! I expect it to be a classic loved by kids as well as adults.

For this mom, what makes a great children's book, is one that I don't hate reading over and over. The Wonder Book makes the grade.

What honey? You want me to read it again? Ok!

Oh that is just my daughter tugging and begging for another read. Got to go!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on June 13, 2010
Format: Hardcover
"I wonder who left something under the tooth fairy's pillow when she was little..."

Amy Rosenthal does a great job holding the attention of a child, and doing so at the child's level. There is something to be discovered on every page. She hooked my eight-year-old son and ten-year-old daughter on the first page with "Pancake College," an ode to the pancake cookin' dad. We've one in our household, so this delighted my kids.

The most popular composition in my household was "A Rose by Any Name," a poem about farting in a myriad of languages. The topic of passing bodily gasses is always a delight with any child. This poem had my kids' full attention and they had me reread passages several times, while they kept laughing--only pausing to try the new words themselves.

The Wonder Book is reminiscent of Shel Silvertein, with more quirkiness, and has a little bit of everything: word games, poems, stories, and palindromes (words or phrases that read the same backwards and forwards). I viewed the unnumbered pages as an incentive to hunt through the book, and there was a treasure on every page.

Paul Schmid's stick-like line drawings are reminiscent of a child's and add to the charm of this whimsical and fun book. They are detailed enough to capture the essence of expression, but not enough to get in the way of Rosenthal's mastery.

Ages: Preschool through 3rd grade

by Judy Miller
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Merrimon Crawford VINE VOICE on March 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Amy Krouse Ronsethal's THE WONDER BOOK is playful, joyous and just downright fun for kids and parents. THE WONDER BOOK is a book in love with language --- tongue teasers, rhymes, clever plays on words and nursery rhymes, palindromes, teasers and much more. Some are downright silly (in a totally fun way), others are clever as can be and still others have a certain sweetness mixed in with the joy, such as "Pancake College", a poem that expresses the closeness between father and child. Paul Schmid's wonderful black and white line drawings add to the unbridled, fun of the writing. THE WONDER BOOK can be read straight through, backwards (see the poem Prince Backwards"), or a bit at a time. THE WONDER BOOK is a celebration of life --- the humor of life and of language. THE WONDER BOOK can be enjoyed alone read alone but the fun will be increased if shared aloud with family. THE WONDER BOOK is aptly titled with its active spirit, exuberant energy and rollicking use of words and language. Quite simply, THE WONDER BOOK is wonderful!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bellyflop2228 on July 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am a teacher and I used the pages as a critical thinking exercise. I would share a page and have students answer critical thinking questions about it. It was an activity for when they finished work early. I don't think it would be a very good book just to sit down and read with isn't really a story but totally separate pages and ideas.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Wonder Book is full of things that touch on most aspects of children's lives. Having grown up with many varieties of poems - from serious and/or enlightening, to funny and enlightening -and raised my children with the same, I thoroughly enjoyed everything in this book. I would highly recommend it to be read by adults and shared with children. Thank you Ms.Rosenthal.
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