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The Little Red Pen Hardcover – April 18, 2011
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"A rollicking read-aloud, this is a book that begs to be turned into a class play, readers theater, or puppet show."—The Horn Book
"Stevens's enchanting, well-imagined, dimensional cartoon-style drawings of the office-supply characters imbue each one with a distinct personality to match their dialogic voices....This book is recommended for any classroom and should find a home in most libraries."—School Library Journal
"Will keep kids engaged, while both words and pictures create distinct, hilarious, highly animated characters from everyday objects."—Booklist
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The story moves along at a frenetic pace. My kindergartner enjoyed reading this story with me, relishing the parts where she could do voice-overs for the various characters - the stapler, the paper clips, the eraser, the feisty Spanish-speaking pushpin, and many more. As we were reading this delightful tale, I kept thinking this would make a great animated short! Pure fun and entertainment, this is the kind of story that will have children begging for repeated readings!
What I didn't like: As I said, I'm not sure young readers will get the humor. But to be fair, even though I spend a great deal of time will elementary students, I am from time to time surprised by what they find funny. I will withold final judgment until I have a chance to share this with my students. I do recommend that you share the original story of the Little Red Hen with young readers before sharing this story.
Recommended for: Amazon lists the reading level at ages 4-8. I would certainly recommend it for adults, but I'll have to test it out with my students before I'm comfortable making a recommendation for students.
Mrs. Archer's rating: 3 of 5 (based on illustrations alone, I would have given it a 5. Janet Stevens is an incredibly talented artist.)
The book is funny, sometimes screamingly funny, for adults and children alike, and the illustrations bring the mayhem to life.
If you have, or are, a cat, you'll recognize yourself in this book; and if you are, or have, a dog, you will learn when it's time to run for cover. In either case, you'll laugh, and whoever is with you will laugh as well.
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My first graders loved this book. I read it several times before the end of the school year.Published 14 months ago by Mary Blanding-Jones
This is a wonderful book! It takes you on an adventure that maybe you would never think of.
The pictures are great!