Beatrice Doesn't Want To

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Overview

"Beatrice’s expressions are priceless. . . . This charming tale emphasizes the importance of finding the right book for the right reader." —- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Beatrice doesn’t like books, and she doesn’t like tagging along with her brother to the library. She doesn’t want to get books from the shelf. She doesn’t want to let Henry work. And she certainly doesn’t want to sit in a room full of kids during story hour. Is there anything that ...

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Overview

"Beatrice’s expressions are priceless. . . . This charming tale emphasizes the importance of finding the right book for the right reader." —- SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Beatrice doesn’t like books, and she doesn’t like tagging along with her brother to the library. She doesn’t want to get books from the shelf. She doesn’t want to let Henry work. And she certainly doesn’t want to sit in a room full of kids during story hour. Is there anything that could possibly change her mind?

On the third afternoon of going to the library with her brother Henry, Beatrice finally finds something she enjoys doing.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A host of reissued titles are back to greet a new generation of readers. Laura Numeroff's Beatrice Doesn't Want To (1981) returns with new illustrations by Lynn Munsinger. In this tale, Henry must take his obstinate sister to the library as he works on a report. But during a storytelling session, the librarian manages to change Beatrice's mind about libraries and books, if not her overall disposition, made all the more credible by Munsinger's emotive artwork. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
She is pictured as a dressed-up, long-eared puppy. Beatrice, however, is obviously just like many youngsters. Unfortunately she does not like books, reading, or even going to the library. Yet her older brother Henry has to take her there with him for three afternoons when he does his research for a report and must take care of her. Beatrice does not want to do anything Henry suggests. She just watches and pesters him. She also does not want to return to the library the next day, and really annoys him. By the third day, Henry decides she must go to Story Hour whether she "wants to" or not. Fortunately the librarian manages to capture her attention, and a new convert to the pleasure of books is made. Munsinger exploits the potentials of pencil, ink line drawings, and watercolors to illuminate the range of youthful body and facial gestures to broadcast emotions. Both of her anthropomorphic canines are masters at communicating those attitudes which we see in youngsters from time to time. There is just enough context to set the stages without getting in the way of the action. And the type is large and easy to read. We can only hope that we will have many successes like Beatrice out there in our libraries. 2004 (orig. 1981), Candlewick Press, Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Beatrice doesn't like books. The last place she wants to be is in the library, but her older brother has to complete a report on dinosaurs and she is in his care. Done in watercolor, ink, and pencil and featuring floppy-eared canine characters, the expressive illustrations perfectly capture the humor of the text. Beatrice's facial expressions are priceless as she repeatedly attempts to distract her brother from his work: she clings to him with adoring and overly exaggerated interest; she taps him on the shoulder and proclaims, "I'm bored"; and she holds his tail as she trails his every move. Finally reaching his limit, Henry drops Beatrice off in the storytime room. To her grudging amazement, her interest is piqued and she even laughs out loud when the librarian reads a story about a roller-skating mouse. When Henry is ready to go, he finds Beatrice sitting quietly in a big stuffed chair, totally absorbed in the book. This charming tale emphasizes the importance of finding the right book for the right reader.-Wanda Meyers-Hines, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Huntsville, AL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
"Beatrice didn't like books. She didn't even like to read. More than that, she hated going to the library." Unfortunately, her older brother Henry has to do his homework there and look after Beatrice as well. Henry unsuccessfully tries to interest her in the books. She watches him work and drives him crazy. The next day, she says she'll wait for him in a big, comfy chair, but she gets bored and drives him crazy again. On the third day, Henry sees a storytime advertised and drops her off. Though she fights it, the story of Albert Mouse wins her over, and Beatrice asks to look at the book herself afterwards. When Henry comes to get her, she says, "I don't want to!" As usual Munsinger's watercolor animals-in this case, dogs-are charmingly expressive. Watching Beatrice's face as she comes around is particularly wonderful. While big people might see the end coming, the target audience will enjoy the twist and wish for further adventures. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763638436
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 5/13/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 108,080
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: 140L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Numeroff

Laura Numeroff is the author of many best-selling books for children, including IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE and IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES, illustrated by Felicia Bond, as well as WHAT MOMMIES DO BEST, WHAT DADDIES DO BEST, WHAT GRANDMAS DO BEST, and WHAT GRANDPAS DO BEST, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. Of BEATRICE DOESN'T WANT TO, she says, "This story is definitely NOT autobiographical, as my favorite place to go as a kid was the library!"

Lynn Munsinger has illustrated more than ninety books for children,
including SCORE ONE FOR THE SLOTHS, SOMETHING MIGHT HAPPEN, TACKY THE PENGUIN, and HOORAY FOR WODNEY WAT, all by Helen Lester, as well as THE TALE OF CUSTARD THE DRAGON by Ogden Nash. She says, "I've always been a big fan of Laura Numeroff's writing, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this story to life. I particularly enjoyed creating Beatrice's character — she gave me the opportunity to create so many great facial expressions!"

Biography

If you give a series-prone author an inch, she'll take a mile -- and fortunately for fans of Laura Numeroff's books, she took her concept and is still running with it. Her aphoristic animal stories show what happens when you give a little something ... and get a big list of follow-up requests.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and its companion titles have become favorites not only of parents, but of teachers who like the books' visual elements and domino-effect storylines. Numeroff's other popular titles, What Mommies Do Best/What Daddies Do Best and What Grandpas Do Best/What Grandmas Do Best, are loving paeans to activities shared with adults.

A would-be fashion designer who grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in California with a mini-menagerie of pets, Numeroff's stock in trade is her "silly imagination" and her love of animals. Her versatility as a storyteller has been enhanced by the fact that she works with different illustrators, though it also means that all Numeroff titles may not suit the same reader. Her anthropomorphic stories often capitalize on fantasy, but she also has a knack for rhyme, evident in particular in her books Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers and Chimps Don't Wear Glasses.

Numeroff doesn't seem to run out of ideas for ridiculous situations to put people and animals in, nor does she stop celebrating what's special about family relationships. This is what will keep readers coming back to her titles, series-oriented or not.

Good To Know

Numeroff says her parents instilled a love of science and stamp collecting in her as a child, and she has grown into a collector as an adult. Among her collections: stuffed animals, old photographs, autographed children's books, and Halloween masks.

As a teenager, Numeroff was inspired by her sister to become a fashion designer, leading to her attendance at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn for college. "Unfortunately," she says, "I hated everything about the fashion department and I couldn't sew to save my life!" Instead, she took a class on writing and illustrating books for children. Her first effort, about the tallest girl in the third grade, was sold before Numeroff graduated. (Amy for Short is now out of print.)

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    1. Also Known As:
      Laura Joffe Numeroff
    2. Hometown:
      Brentwood, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 14, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Brooklyn, New York
    1. Education:
      B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2008

    Great story for kids

    This is the cutest book about a girl who has to follow her big brother to the library. She does not want to go to the library let alone read a book there. Her brother is working on a big report and is unable to give her attention, so she listens to the librarian read a book with an attitude because ¿I don¿t want to¿ By the end of the story she found she really enjoyed it and asked to see the book and read again to herself. This is a wonderful story about being more open to different things and in this case reading which is fundamental for children.

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