The Best Time to Read

The Best Time to Read

by Susan Bloom, Michael Garland
     
 
The little boy from The Best Place to Read can now read by himself, and he's looking for an audience. But everyone--his parents, siblings, grandparents, even his dog!--is too busy to hear a story in this fun and lively tale. When our young reader finally settles in to read to his toys, he gets a surprise visit and learns that the best time to read is whenever

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The little boy from The Best Place to Read can now read by himself, and he's looking for an audience. But everyone--his parents, siblings, grandparents, even his dog!--is too busy to hear a story in this fun and lively tale. When our young reader finally settles in to read to his toys, he gets a surprise visit and learns that the best time to read is whenever you have loved ones to listen! With catchy, rhyming text and vibrant illustrations, this is the perfect read-aloud--anytime!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
A little boy has graduated from looking at the pictures in books to reading the words all by himself. This accomplishment makes him feel happy and proud. He wants to share his excitement with someone else, but everyone in his family is too busy to listen to him read. Mommy is cooking, daddy is mowing the grass, big brother is using his computer, big sister is trying on clothes, baby is taking a nap, grandma is knitting, and grandpa falls asleep in a chair! Rover, his dog, is the only interested party—until his dinner is served. The little boy believes that no one in his family has time to listen to him read, and he goes up to his room where he starts to read to his stuffed bunnies and bears. Suddenly, there is a knock on the door. It is his entire family, ready to listen to his story. The little boy excitedly invites them all into his room realizing that the best time to read is whenever someone you love has time to listen. This story's theme, along with its colorful illustrations and rhyming words, make it a great read aloud book for any beginning reader. 2005, Random House Children's Books/Random House, Ages 4 to 6.
—Lisa B. C. O'Connell
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A boy is excited about his newly acquired ability to read and wants to share a book aloud with someone in his family. He goes through the house and yard trying to find a listener, but everyone is busy and (unfortunately) caught in a stereotypical moment: Mom is cooking; Dad is mowing the lawn; Grandma is knitting; sister is in a quandary over what to wear; brother is at the computer; and Grandpa is napping. Just when he's about to give up and is resigned to read aloud to his stuffed animals, his family comes through. The computer-enhanced artwork gives the characters a shiny, plastic-doll appearance. This rhyming story is not about the magical connection between a reader and a wonderful book, but it speaks of reading as a social activity that involves love and fun, and that may be its strength.-Teresa Pfeifer, Alfred Zanetti Montessori Magnet School, Springfield, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Bertram and Bloom's The Best Place to Read (2003) took on the social geography of reading. This sequel addresses not so much the best time to read as the best people to read with-and that means just about anyone, anytime. In consistently upbeat, rhyming sequences, a young boy races about his house seeking someone to share his new book. He'll be happy to read to them, but the results are disappointing: Mom's cooking, dad's mowing, big brother-as big brothers will-wants him to beat it and all the others, even the dog, are busy, too. Well, there's always the captive audience of stuffed animals. The story is a gentle tribute to sharing and the pleasures to be found in reading, if only on the boy's part-until the end, when the family shakes free from their distractions. Garland's artwork is hit or miss; either you will be taken with his brand of alternately fuzzy and sharp elements and their seemingly 3-D qualities, or those beady eyes will give you the creeps. Still, there's no time like the present to deliver this message. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375930256
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/26/2005
Series:
Picture Book Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.24(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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