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Wild About Books

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  • Posted September 28, 2014

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    This one is a keeper. I love everything about this book and you

    This one is a keeper. I love everything about this book and you will too, if you love books and zoo animals. I was subbing some afternoon and the librarian read this to my third graders before check-out time and to be honest, I think I enjoyed it more than they did. I couldn’t wait till he finished so I could write the name of this book down so I get my hands on it as I didn’t think he gave the book the justice it deserved. The book was dying as he read in a monotone voice, he didn’t point out all the great illustrations nor did he highlight some of the great references in the text, he killed it. I knew with the right person reading this book, this book could be a gem! Let me tell you the illustrations are terrific, the pages are glossy and just opening this book, there are so many details within each page, you will want to just look at the pages before or after reading the text to make sure you get the full effect. The text is amazing. The story centers on Molly the librarian who pulls her bookmobile into the zoo by mistake. As she starts to read Dr. Seuss, the animals in the zoo surround her and start to read the books she has. Each animal has a favorite book or genre so whether they are hanging from trees, lying in the water, reading to their babies and many other situations, they are reading. The author is very creative in attaching the books to the animals. So what happens to the zoo as the animals read, the zoo changes. Written in black, this text rhymes and yes, some of the words are hard to pronounce and understand so if you read this book to younger children, please explain some of the words. Words like niches, devoured, haiku, and resistance might need to be explained. The book is funny but younger children might not totally understand all the concepts unless you explain them to them. For example: the hyenas liked joke books, “the boa constrictor squeezed Crictor too tight”, and porcupines wrote with their quills. I’m so excited to find this gem and know it will be one I will be sharing in the classroom. This would make a great gift too!

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  • Posted June 29, 2010

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    An enchanting celebration of animals and books!

    Author Judy Sierra's playful, rhythmical, rhyming story of animals and books, combined with Marc Brown's cheerful, fanciful, lushly colored pictures, makes for a delightful book so enjoyable that it's hard to find words to describe it. The text is worthy of Dr. Seuss, and it's appropriate that the book is dedicated to the good doctor. I was immediately drawn to the book by its cover art, then found that what's inside is even better!

    WILD ABOUT BOOKS is fun, and funny, a read-aloud treat and a feast for the eyes, a celebration of animals and books, reading and writing. And this is one picture book that parents are sure to enjoy at least as much as their children do. Everyone will be wild about this delightful, beautiful book!

    Sheila Beaumont

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  • Posted April 27, 2010

    My 4 year old twins LOVE this one - and it is fun for me to read too

    We LOVE this book in my house. Very sing-songy prose which makes it easy and fun to read. Sweet plot line and introduces lots of more obscure zoo animals (gnu for instance). If you like Dr. Seuss, you'll love this one. Great illustrations too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Wild About Books

    This is a great kids book, good rhyming, fun story and lots of animals. Fun for adults too.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    really great book

    this is a really wonderful book. well-written and humorous, with beautiful illustrations. my 2 1/2 year old is obsessed with it, and even we love reading it over and over with him

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

    Wild About Books makes kids wild about reading!

    Judy Sierra's clever story about a librarian who accidentally drives her book mobile into the local zoo immediately captures the imagination of the young reader. Molly introduces the various animals to not only reading and caring for books but also to writing - linking the essential concept that good readers make good writers. Even the "reluctant" animal readers find something of interest. The book is wonderfully illustrated in rich, vibrant colors and it's rhythmic patterns are best read aloud. This is one of my children's favorite bed-time reads. It is a great choice for early elementary-aged children.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Wonderful Book!

    I read this book to my son's elementary school (K-3) during out Parents As Reading Partners Program. The children loved it and especially loved seeing the illustrations of and hearing about books mentioned that they're already familiar with. It's a terrific read-a-loud book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2006

    Wild About THIS Book

    This is a wonderful book. My son is 11 months old and he loves to look at the pictures and even listens to the rhythmic words. This book is so clever and cute, it entertains our whole family over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2004

    Wild about the book!

    Kindergarten teachers are always on the lookout for great read-aloud books and this is surely one. When the librarian accidentally drives the bookmobile into the zoo the animals are introduced to books and reading for the first time. And they love it! The text rolls right along in a fun-to-read lilt and the illustrations tell a story of their own. Look for familiar children's books among the animals' choices. The boa reads 'Chrictor,' the crocodiles read 'Peter Pan.' It's been great fun reading to adults, can't wait to read it to my class.

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    Posted October 20, 2009

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