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A Book Hardcover – April 14, 2009
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Watch out! She's looking up at you. She travels past all kinds of fairy tale creatures, including the three bears, but decides that she's sure her story "is not a fairy tale!" Next she encounters a detective who thinks her story may have been stolen. The little girl wends her way past detectives and seedy characters of all sorts, including the ghost of a story that was "done in by a nasty critic," but decided that mysteries made her nervous. As soon as she escapes those pages, a white rabbit grabs her up claiming the queen would "be furious." Wrong story. And then there were all those pirates, those people in the historical novel and even her brother, the astronaut. Was she going to ever find a story of her own?
This was an ingenious tale, quite unlike any other I've seen in a children's book. The chase through children's stories of all kinds was a fun and very busy venture. The art work "matched" the theme of whichever story the little girl was racing through at the time . . . from whimsical to serious and beyond. Dear reader, this one is a keeper!
In sum, it's a terrifically pleasing read -- my son still giggles when the girl looks up at him and shrieks "Eek! What's that?" (Mother Goose: "That's a reader. Watch out, it can read whatever you say") -- with great potential to lead onward to other pleasing reads. What more could you want in a children's -- or any -- fiction?
The book is engaging right from the start. A nearly black page, with only ghostly outlines of a family in their beds tells us about a family who lives in the book. And when the book is closed, it is night and the family sleeps. Right away we want to open the book and meet the family.
Looking down into the book has the effect of drawing us into the story . We are especially drawn in when the main character in turn recognizes us, the reader - "EEEEEK! What is that huge... blobby thing that looks something like a face?" In some ways this feels a bit gimmicky, but it's an especially effective gimmick. My not-quite-four-year-old laughs with delight at this page.
The girl then draws us along with her, page by page, as she runs through many other stories attempting to find her own. We go through several different genres of stories - other people's stories - before the girl figures out her own story. I was rather disappointed, however, that with a clown for a father and a firefighter for a mother, we don't go through either of the parents' stories (we do, however, go through the fish's story - odd, that).
"A Book" is a tad hokey, but in a very original and enjoyable way.Read more ›
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Wonderful book by my favorite children's author. I bought this for my future granddaughter, Brynlee Beth.Published 7 months ago by Debra Goranson
My 4-year-old son loves this book. It contains references to the major fairy tales, and identifying those stories is part of the fun... Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by carrie
This is a fun look at book characters as a young girl breaks away from the other characters to go off and find her own story. Read morePublished on July 13, 2011 by Michelle H.
I first read this children's book to my granddaughter at the library. I was so taken with it that I bought it for her. Read morePublished on December 5, 2010 by Jordy
It is a fun, quick-read book. One that can easily be shared with younger siblings.Published on February 18, 2010 by B. Fielding