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But Excuse Me That is My Book (Charlie and Lola) Hardcover – January 19, 2006

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PreSchool-Grade 1-During a trip to the library, Charlie helps his younger sister search for her favorite book, Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies. Lola is dismayed when they cannot find it, and though Charlie tries to distract her with other titles, but nothing measures up to her beloved tome. He patiently explains to Lola that it's not her book because it belongs to the library, meaning everyone can have a chance to read it. Although she is horrified when another girl walks by carrying the sought-after title, Lola reluctantly agrees to try Cheetahs and Chimpanzees instead, and ultimately decides that it might actually be the most best book in the whole wide world. The author does an excellent job of capturing the way youngsters think and act, and Lola epitomizes the typical child who doesn't quite understand the concept of borrowing. The story flows at a comfortable pace, and the language is easy to comprehend. The collage artwork is charming. Pastel backgrounds blend with brightly patterned materials and photo clips to provide a colorful setting for the appealing cartoon characters. An excellent addition to picture-book collections.-Kristen M. Todd, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY
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PreS-Gr. 2. For some children, only one book will do. Such is the case for Lola, who loves Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies, which is simply the best book in the world. Her older brother, Charlie, notes she's taken it out of the library several times but agrees to help Lola find it in the stacks once more. However, once they arrive, Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies is nowhere to be found. Charlie tries to explain that this is a library--other people check out books. Then he tries to get Lola interested in books on other topics: spies, airplanes, dinosaurs, Romans? No go. Parents will laugh knowingly at Lola's one-track mind , but Charlie's readers'-advisory efforts come through in the end. Lots of laughs and a high-energy text are matched by the exciting, eye-catching design and clever collage-style art. This story and the illustrations have also been reformatted as an episode of the television series Project Disney. Librarians will find the book helpful to use with young patrons who are in the same situation as Lola. Ilene Cooper
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (January 19, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803730969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803730960
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I could not wait for this book to come out, and picked up a copy for my daughter and my school library on its release date. My first grade daughter read this from cover to cover on her own, inflecting her own accent and "voices" for Charlie and Lola. She probably got that from the wonderful television show, which I highly recommend (Disney's Playhouse). As I a school librarian, I love Lola because she epitomizes the joys and struggles of being a young person. Young children like Lola do get fixated on a favorite book in the library, and sometimes get to thinking it's "theirs", and that there is no other book that can top it. Charlie is fantastic as the understanding older brother who guides Lola around the library, with each book becoming a new discovery. My students and my own children have loved every single book Lauren Child has put out, and this new entry will become a instant favorite! If you are new to Charlie and Lola, I urge you to pick up the first three books, and read them aloud with your children and/or students.
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I was looking forward to this one, since I like the episode it was based on. But this, in a nutshell, is the problem with this disappointing book: the first three books were original creations, this was based on a TV episode. It shows; it lacks the charm of the episode it was based on, let alone the charm of the first three books. This book moves Charlie and Lola from the charm of the first three, to the after-thought of a conglomerate.

It's not terrible...my daughter has enjoyed it (which, we should remind ourselves, is the true test of a children's book), but it hasn't had the staying power with her of the other books. I hope that if they do another C & L book, the book comes first, not the TV episode. Somehow, I doubt that will happen.
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This book is taken from an episode of the TV series and is not an "original" story. The writing and "flow" of the book is nowhere as good as the other books. I highly recommend the other books (that is, "Not Sleepy", "Too Small for School" and "Not eat a Tomato"). I also recommend the TV series on the Disney Channel - It is one of the few children shows that all of us (adults included) enjoy.
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This book is based on the Charlie and Lola TV series and isn't really by Lauren Child. You can tell by the third sentence that it lacks the charm and originality of the other 3 Charlie and Lola books. I was disappointed - however, my three year old doesn't seem to mind nearly as much as I do.
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I really debated about buying this book for my 3-yr-old daughter. True, she is in love with her 3 other "Charlie and Lola" books, as well as "My Dream Bed"--another wonderful Lauren Child book. Still, when I paged through this book in the bookstore I thought it had too much text on many pages, and overall it is certainly not as charming as "Tomato", "Not Sleepy", and "Too small 4 school".

Alas, despite my misgivings, my daughter loves this book so much! We read the book before she saw the corresponding episode of the "Charlie and Lola'" show on Playhouse Disney; then when she did see the show, she loved the book even more.

I agree with many of the other reviewers that this book is not as good as many of Child's other picture books. However, to a 3-yr-old in love with Charlie and Lola, Lotta, and even imaginary Soren Lorenson, this book is better-loved and more often requested than many other books.
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My daughter (2yrs) and I love all the Charlie and Lola books, but this one may in fact top the list for her! This book helped her learn about the library, what it's for, and how to behave when you go there. My daughter began asking if we could go to the library and so I took her. She already knew what to do!
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This book would be a delightful introduction to the library for a small child. Lola is obsessed with the book Beatles, Bugs, and Butterflies. Every time she goes to the library, this is the book she wants to sign out. She gives an elaborate explanation about why it is the very best book in the whole world. Her big brother Charlie explains how the books are to be shared with the community and all the wonderful options available to her on the shelves, but Lola wants her book. She is dismayed when she can't find it, and upset when she discovers another patron has signed it out. Charlie continues to try to interest her in other books and finally succeeds with Cheaters and Chimpanzees.

The story has a lighthearted but earnest tone. Charlie is a patient older brother in the face of Lola's stubborn insistence. The reader can easily imagine Lola protesting through the dialogue and illustration. We can almost hear the squeak of the library chair, possibly a beanbag one, when Lola throws herself into different positions as she expresses her frustration.
Lauren Child does her own illustrating. The text is integrated with fascinating pictures which seem to be a combination of rubbings, watercolor, collage, fabric, pen and ink, and possibly photography.

There are other books in the Charlie and Lola series and the characters are also featured on the Disney Channel. I can see why
her writing has become so popular. I'm sure your child to want to work his or her way through all of Lauren Child's wonderful books. Strongly recommended.

See more of Bonnie Ferrantes reviews of children's books here - http://steppingquietly.blogspot.ca/
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