Character in the Book

Character in the Book

by Kaethe Zemach-Bersin, Kaethe Zemach-bersin
     
 

When the character in the book gets an invitation to visit his Auntie in her  book, he's all set to go. But when he tries to get out of his book, he runs into some trouble. He can't get out at the top of the page, and he can't get out at the bottom. So he tries going forward — and going forward works!

By foot, on wheels, unfazed by the

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When the character in the book gets an invitation to visit his Auntie in her  book, he's all set to go. But when he tries to get out of his book, he runs into some trouble. He can't get out at the top of the page, and he can't get out at the bottom. So he tries going forward — and going forward works!

By foot, on wheels, unfazed by the occasional mountain or river in his way, the plucky Character finally zips right out of his own book...and right into his auntie's.When the Character in the Book gets an invitation to visit his dear Auntie, he’s all set to go. But when he tries to get out of his book, he runs into some trouble. He can’t get out at the top of the page, and he can’t get out at the bottom. So he tries going forward, and going forward works just fine. By foot, on wheels, unfazed by the occasional mountain or river in his way, the plucky Character zips out of his own book—and right into his Auntie’s!

When the Character in the Book gets an invitation to visit his dear Auntie, he’s all set to go. But when he tries to get out of his book, he runs into some trouble. He can’t get out at the top of the page, and he can’t get out at the bottom. So he tries going forward, and going forward works just fine. By foot, on wheels, unfazed by the occasional mountain or river in his way, the plucky Character zips out of his own book—and right into his Auntie’s!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A wisp of a story occasions exuberant art in this sprightly offering from the daughter of Harve and Margot Zemach. As a Character in a Book, the eponymous protagonist enjoys "a nice life on the smooth, white pages." When his aunt invites him to come over to her book for a visit, he discovers that the only way out of his book is to go forwardand so across the pages he goes, via a variety of movements and modes of transportation, only to bid the reader farewell on the penultimate page, before he "jump[s] right out" on the very last spread. More a conceit than a full-fledged story, the text would satiate few readers if taken on its own. The illustrations, however, confer a robust vitality. Colorfully clad from his whimsical blue toque to his striped hose and lace-up shoes, the loose-jointed Character could easily have emerged as a jester from a classic storybook. Appropriately, his every appearance here suggests motion: Zemach captures him in just the right posture or attitude to intimate the action her text indicates, be it "skipping and hopping and running" (he appears three times, forming an arc across the spread), or "whirling and twirling and spinning" (he appears four times, in various phases of performing a cartwheel). The ample white ground becomes a canvas for the reader's own imagination, which will be almost certainly piqued. Ages 2-up. (Feb.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Breaking down the invisible wall between the performer and the audience is always a risky business. Ms. Zemach takes the risk in this book, and for the most part, it works. The Character has spent his life to date on the smooth white pages of the book, but now he has been invited to visit his aunt in her own book. That bit of information is revealed to readers in the first couple of pages. The rest of the book is devoted to describing how the character does, in fact, attempt to leave his book. It's a one joke book. But it's a good joke and the drawings are lively, the word choices engaging, and the suspense incessant. Young children who love absurdity will be smitten by The Character.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3In this charming picture book, the main character is the Character who lives on the book's white pages. This likable young man grows up there. He makes friends with monkeys, swims with dolphins and whales, and when he has some time to spare he plays music, gardens, and cooks. Then one day a new adventure presents itself: the Character's aunt invites him for a visit. His problem, however, is how to get from his book to his Auntie's. He can't get out of the top or bottom of his pages but when he goes forward his journey progresses nicely. From left to right, across rivers and through tunnels, and over the landscape of the white pages, he twirls, skates, pedals, and rides until he comes to the end of his book. On the very last page, of course, he finds the exit, and thanks his readers for their companionship. Kaethe Zemach's lively illustrations recall the buoyant outlook of the work of her mother, Margot Zemach, yet are uniquely her own. Her brightly painted the Character is a friend anyone could like, and his adventure is as visually well paced as the words that describe his story. White space is used to invite readers into the book, move them through it, and enhance the belief that this is a real place. Younger readers who harbor the firm belief that the characters in books have their own distinct lives will be charmed by this lively offering. Older readers will find much to ponder about the role that each of us plays in bringing a story to life.Barbara Kiefer, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062050601
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/30/1998
Series:
Michael Di Capua Books Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range:
2 - 8 Years

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