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Kindergarten-Grade 2–A boy curls up in a cozy chair to enjoy his favorite book, whereupon readers are whisked away on a trip through different types of literature. The story assumes a book within a book format, as a turn of the page takes youngsters inside Charlie's pirate adventure. Here the layout resembles an open novel, with the title Shiver Me Timbers emblazoned across the top. A pirate digs up a treasure chest that contains–you guessed it–a book. Another page turn reveals that it is a collection of fairy tales, as Baby Bear finds Goldilocks in his bed reading his favorite story about a knight and a dragon. This pattern continues until the action returns to Charlie, still in his armchair, now surrounded by all of the characters. The spreads cleverly reflect the featured tales, and the endpapers show all of the volumes lined up on a shelf. Unfortunately, the loosely rhyming text is awkward to read aloud and the transitions often seem forced. Youngsters are ultimately left looking for more substance to accompany Scheffler's humorous, brightly colored cartoons. For a story that celebrates reading, try Michael Garland's Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook (Dutton, 2003), which deftly delivers hilarious, quirky tales.–Jill Heritage Maza, Conn Elementary, Raleigh, NC
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PreS-Gr. 2. The unusual endpapers for this appealing book show a shelf with 10 books: Shiver Me Timbers, Fairy Tales from a Forgotten Island, and so on. A boy named Charlie Cook reads those books, beginning with a tale about a pirate, who digs for treasure and finds . . . a book about Goldilocks, who creates havoc in the bears' house before retiring to Baby Bear's bed to read . . . a book about a knight, who defends himself from a dragon by reading aloud from a joke book, and so on. The pattern progresses through volume after volume, finally coming full circle in a clever conclusion. Children will enjoy wrapping their minds around both the art and the story as the tale sequences through book after book. Amusing pencil, ink, watercolor, colored pencil, and crayon illustrations make the most of each new setting and cast of characters, while varying page design and type make the volume-to-volume differences more apparent. Great fun. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 830 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (July 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142411388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142411384
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I don't think there's a better writer of children's books out there today than Julia Donaldson. Her books are perfect for reading aloud to a toddler: just the right length to keep the attention of reader and listener, great rhymes, and clever stories. This new book is no exception, and is worthy of a spot on your child's bookshelf alongside "The Gruffalo" and "The Snail & The Whale." This book is the literary equivalent of holding up a mirror while you're looking in a mirror: there are layers of stories within stories. Little Charlie Cook likes a particular book, the characters in his book like another book, the characters in that book like another book, etc., so that every page (whimsically numbered in a non-consecutive fashion) basically takes you into another book. The overall effect is like browsing through a whole children's library in a single book: you get a pirate story, an animal story, a knight/dragon story, an alien story, etc. I won't give away the ending, but suffice it to say it's clever like all of Julia Donaldson's endings. Bottom line: this book should appeal mightily to all the little budding bookworms out there, and to their big bookworm parents.
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I'm a huge fan of this author/illustrator team, and this book is another great one. The concept is very clever and engaging. I enjoy reading it almost as much as my daughter loves hearing it.
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My son (3 and 1/2 yrs old) enjoyed this story as it kept changing- the book within a book was a complicated idea that was fun and engaging, so it was a nice learning tool to teach him about different ideas.
While it's not his absolute favorite of Julia Donaldson's stories, I do recommend it and think it will grow with him longer than some of the other kids books out there.
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We love Julia Donaldson and this book didn't disappoint. It's about a person who reads a book about a person who reads a book about a person who reads a book about a person who reads a book, and we love it. My 3 year old loves it and requests it over and over.
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Not as good as the other Julia Donaldson books, in my opinion. It didn't help that the book was printed on really cheap feeling stock and felt more like a brochure than a book. The actual storyline is clever but perhaps overly clever for a kid and gets a bit wrapped up in itself. I wouldn't rate this in the same class as The Gruffalo, Highway Rat or What The Ladybird Heard.
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It takes a read through or two to get the flow of this book, but once you do, it's a very inventive and very cute story. One person reads about about the next and so on. Very creative. As has been the case with ALL of Julia's books, it's a huge hit with the 3 year old and us!
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My 4 year old and I love Julia Donaldsons books. The words roll of the tongue! They are a pleasure. This is an enjoyable book with a clever ending. However, it didn't have the same sort of character development as her other books. A pleasure all the same.

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Julia Donaldson is fantastic. Her books are perfect for children and adults alike. The stories are so entertaining I love reading them to my kids everyday. This story is no different. Very entertaining. This particular illustrator Axel Scheffler does beautiful artwork. The books he illustrates are worth buying for his work itself. The pictures are detailed and just as entertaining as the story. I am a huge fan of Julia Donaldson. Most of her books of not all are wonderful. But in combination with Axel Scheffler she is irresistible!
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