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Wild About Books Hardcover – August 10, 2004

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PreS-Gr. 2. In this rollicking story, librarian Molly McGrew accidentally drives her bookmobile into the zoo, and then the fun begins! The animals draw close to listen to a Dr. Seuss story, and soon they begin stampeding "to learn all about this new something called reading." Many picture-book authors who try their hands at rhyme have less-than-stellar results. Here, the best part of the book is Sierra's handy way with a rhyming text that not only scans properly but also is both clever and full of images that will amuse children ("Tasmanian devils found books so exciting / That soon they had given up fighting for writing"). The wild animal goings-on offer illustrator Brown an opportunity to get away from his vaguely aardvarklike Arthur and create some real animals--in fact, about every animal one can think of. All the slaphappy art fits nicely into double-page spreads that allow the energetic action room to breathe. That's good because there are tons of things to look at, all in sunny colors. Not only are the animals reading books but they are also hugging them, licking the pictures off the pages, and trying their "hands" at writing. A wonderful advertisement for the joys of a literary life. Ilene Cooper
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This book is perfect for primary school libraries and all librarians, whether in school or not... A joy of a book and a worthy addition to any primary school library. School Librarian A compelling volume for encouraging both literacy in its widest sense, and books and libraries in particular. Ibby Link This ingenious book, with Judy Sierra's lively rhyming text, makes reading look fun - always a good thing. Marc Brown's bright cheerful pictures are full of little gems. Carousel A clever librarian quickly attracts a crowd when she launches the mobile library by reading aloud from Dr Seuss. 'In a flash, every beast in the zoo was stampeding / To learn all about this new something called reading.' There are fat books and thin books, funny books and sad books - something for everyone. Soon, all the animals are not only reading but writing too. An entertaining and inspiring introduction to books. Book Ahead 0-7 This beautifully illustrated paperback uses some highly imaginative and amusing rhyming text to tell the story of a mobile library which visits the zoo by mistake and soon instills the reading (and writing) bug in all the animals... This story certainly reinforces the message that there are books to suit all tastes and that everyone will find something they love when they step into a library. Child Care --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037582538X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375825385
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.4 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By B. Capossere TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Wild About Books is one of those kids' books that runs on all cylinders. The premise, the librarian drives the bookmobile into the zoo where the animals get hooked on reading, is original and full of opportunity. The language is simply fantastic--playful, sophisticated, rhythmic, full of great sounds and rhymes, and filled with puns aimed at older readers and adults. The artwork matches the language--bright and cheery, varied in color and size and layout, filled with as many visual jokes as linguistic ones. The book doesn't condescend to its intended audience of young children or to its secondary one--the adult reading it aloud. It is a bit long for the very young (two and under) but certainly three and up will find it a wonderful read and those who are between two and three will enjoy it as much if in truncated readings. Those 30 and up will enjoy it even more. One of the best picture books of the past few years and highly recommended.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Booklover on August 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My three year old son and I love this new book! It has a Dr. Seuss flavor to it which makes it fun and easy to read. It did start more conversations about zoo animals that we don't normally talk about at this age too which has been fun.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. K. Harrison on September 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
A love of reading is one of the first things parents should teach their children - reading books, signs, newspapers, cereal boxes and reading for life! Ms. Sierra's book, Wild About Books, takes that love of reading a step beyond by showing how animals of all kinds can love books, too!

Can you imagine a yak reading about grasses? A trout reading about flies? What about an elephant reading about the latest stealth methods?

Judy Sierra can! And Marc Brown can draw these amazing animals, too!

As a mom with four avid readers, Wild About Books is a wonderful, imagination-opening adventure into the zoobrary - combining a love of reading with a love of animals. The Seuss-like words flow from your lips as fast as the rabbits and gnus can turn the pages. The ideas and conversations that flowed after reading this book were nearly as much fun as the books - one daughter wanted to go directly to our local zoo...another took the book outside to read to our dog...the youngest wanted to know more about each animal...and on and on!

Books are written to be read and listened to. They are illustrated to draw the reader into the story content. Ms. Sierra and Mr. Brown have truly captured their young audience with both - giving insight into a flowing zoo world, while opening up the imagination of the child.

The Queen's kids rate Wild About Books all 10 piggies!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Pam - because someone has to be GOOD TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Wow. Grade-A book and tons of fun that a mom (and dad) can really love.

As mentioned by a previous reviewer, the rhythm and rhyme are wonderful. We read a great deal of poetry -Seuss, Goose, Silverstein, Emerson, Whitman -- and the quality of Ms. Sierra's prose really stands out as being worth the reading.

And, of course, hubby and I really like that all of the excitement is about books. [We're big book readers in our family, but I don't think enough good press can be had for books, reading and libraries.]

The artwork is imaginative and fun as well, with plenty of the more uncommon children's animals listed. Onyx and skinks, gnu and bandicoots, for example.

Five Stars. Great read-aloud. Great rhythm and rhyme. Fun pictures. It all adds up to a good time for children and adults alike. Definitely worth buying.

A sample follows so

you may judge for yourself:

"Raccoons read alone and baboons read in bunches,

And llamas read dramas while eating their llunches.

Hyenas shared jokes with the red-bellied snakes,

And they howled and they hissed till their funny bones ached."
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Santa Cruz Sally on November 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
What a totally delightful book! My granddaughter loved it, and equally important, so did I as the outloud reader. Judy Sierra's wit is clever enough to appeal to both the child and the child within us. Recommend it totally.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Sokol on October 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I bought one for each of my two grandchildren and plan on it as christmas gifts for nieces and nephews! This book is delightful and fom babies to school age children, I'm sure adults will enjoy reading it to children of all ages. I loved the story,the huge variety of animals, ryhming words, bright colours and illustrations. The ideas of what books the animals read according to their species were very cute. Having worked in a library for the past 8 years it was wonderful to see the authors subtle hints on teaching children on how to respect and take care of books and the plugs for other great titles and authors. Books are a wonderful gift that can be opened again and again.
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Format: Hardcover
"It started the summer of 2002,
When the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew,
By mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo.
Molly opened the door, and she let down the stair,
Turned on the computer, and sat in her chair

At first all the animals watched from a distance,
But Molly could conquer the strongest resistance."

And so begins this wonderful little story of how all of the animals in the zoo were introduced to book and to reading. The entire book is a continuous rhyme; and a well done one I might add. With its sing-song beat it absolutely captivates the little one when it is read to them

We are introduced to all of the animals living here, one after the other (even the bugs) and what their reading tastes are.

The art work here is great...sort of impressionistic with great detail thrown in for good measure and even a bit of the primitive pops-up here and there. Actually, the style Marc Brown uses in this one is rather unique and is quite eye catching - both in execution and in color combinations and blends.

Children instantly relate to the animals by putting themselves in the place of all the critters when it comes to picking out books. This is a wonderful book to encourage good reading habits and creates interest among the wee ones concerning books and what can be found in them.

The oversized pages and paintings along with the rhyming beat make this one an ideal group read. Much discussion can be mined from each page of this book. Kids like animals; they like looking at them and talking about them and when you mix those likes with books you have a very useful motivating and teaching tool.

I like this work. I wish I had written it and wish I had the ability to create the art work that is displayed her. This one is a winner all the way.

Don Blankenship
The Ozarks
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