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 CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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
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