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I.Q. Goes to the Library (An I.Q book) Hardcover – January 1, 2003
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 3-Ever since his first adventure in I.Q. Goes to School (Walker, 2002), the little mouse has had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. He loves learning new things with the students in the elementary school classroom that is his home. In his latest outing, he joins the class as they visit their library during Library Week and learns all about its many resources. Fraser's simple story provides a satisfactory overview of the materials and services available in a contemporary school media center. The book's clean layout and design feature nicely understated but loving details such as thematically consistent endpapers and visual storytelling that begins on the title page. Like I.Q., this winning picture book should find a comfortable home in any school or library setting.
Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
K-Gr. 2. A story that might have been didactic is enlivened by cheerful illustrations featuring I. Q. the mouse, presumably a classroom pet. I. Q. is no ordinary rodent; he enjoys story hour along with the human students, and uses the library to get books, just as the kids do. Comedic elements, such as the titles of the books that the diminutive rodent climbs on, add fun for older children who are careful readers, and hints for kids who use the library ("Don't get a book by yourself if it's too high on the shelf") appear throughout the book on signs posted by Mrs. Binder, the aptly named librarian. I. Q. participates in all the Library Week activities, until it's time to get a library card. Who will sign as his "Parent/Guardian?" Happily, someone does. A sure bet during National Library Week, but fun anytime. Diane Foote
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Once there, Mrs. Binder, the librarian, reads a funny book to the class. I.Q. thinks the story is hilarious and is determined to check out the book. Unfortunately, Mrs. Binder reshelves the book, necessitating a week-long hunt by I.Q. Each day, as the class returns to the library to learn about its many resources, I.Q. tags along. While searching for the funny book he makes delightful discoveries about the treasures the library holds. Finally, on Friday, he finds the book. With the help of Mrs. Furber, I.Q. obtains his very own library card and checks out his book.
The illustrations, done in pencil, gouache, and pen and ink, depict the many and varied resources found in the library while at the same time featuring the comical actions of I.Q.
Fraser does a superb job at subtly weaving an introduction to libraries and their use into this warm, funny, absolutely delightful tale.
We took this book into a kindergarten class and incorporated it into a lesson on using the school library. The students adored the book---as well as I.Q.---and asked for repeated readings. Highly recommended. (...)