Have I Got a Book for You!

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The bestselling author-illustrator and creator of publishing sensation Scaredy Squirrel presents a character you just can't say "no" to: salesman Mr. Al Foxword. Al can sell anything. You can't help but be impressed by his lineup of satisfied customers: he's sold an icebox to a penguin, an umbrella to a fish and a dirt vacuum to a mole. Al knows you're looking for a great book, and this is your lucky day. Say goodbye to books that leave you bored and uninspired. Research shows that 100 percent of Al's customers ...
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Overview

The bestselling author-illustrator and creator of publishing sensation Scaredy Squirrel presents a character you just can't say "no" to: salesman Mr. Al Foxword. Al can sell anything. You can't help but be impressed by his lineup of satisfied customers: he's sold an icebox to a penguin, an umbrella to a fish and a dirt vacuum to a mole. Al knows you're looking for a great book, and this is your lucky day. Say goodbye to books that leave you bored and uninspired. Research shows that 100 percent of Al's customers notice a dramatic increase in happiness after buying his book. Not totally convinced yet? Just when you think you're ready to close the book on this relentless salesman, he comes up with a clever tactic that you simply can't refuse. The retro design and the sheer absurdity of Foxword's powers of persuasion make for an off-the-wall picture book with major crossover appeal that pokes fun at our hard-sell society.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
Jokes and interactive fun are the point here ... Give this to Mo Willems’ legions of Pigeon fans.
Quill and Quire
... a self-reflexive and broadly comic parody of self-promotion that invites its young readers to become critical consumers of advertising.
Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author Melanie Watt calls her book "cheesey." And it is different. She is writing about a Mr. Al Foxword, a persistent salesman who claims he can sell anything and will do just about anything to sell this book. His satisfied customers attest to his salesmanship. He has sold an icebox to a penguin, an umbrella to a fish, and a dirt vacuum to a mole, but he now says he is going to sell a great book. Ace salesman Mr. Foxword tells the reader you "won't have to read books that are boring, school books that aren't funny, or cookbooks that have bad recipes." He is going to make you an irresistible offer, a book you cannot refuse to buy, and if you buy it in the next ten seconds he will even throw in a book mark. Mr. Foxword then goes into selling mode—he tries everything to convince you to buy this book. He predicts great things in the future for you, and, a great idea just came to him. Buy two books and give the second one as a gift, or wear it as a hat, or use it as a coaster. And if you buy hundreds of this book you can build a book fort. In final desperation, Mr. Foxword tells the reader "you better hurry because the books are flying off the shelves." That is his last sales pitch. Mr. Foxword is getting tired so he tells the reader he has to go, but leaves a warning behind. You can look at this book, but if you break it, you buy it!!! Yes, this book is cheesy, but it is fun, and, oh, so different. Reviewer: Della A. Yannuzzi
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—Al Foxword is such a good salesman that he can sell an umbrella to a fish. In his clashing plaid suit and carrying a briefcase, the toothy rodent is smooth, persuasive, and, well, cheesy. He tries to sell readers a book called Have I Got a Book for You! Charcoal pencil illustrations are digitally assembled and feature bright orange, yellow, and green. Foxword's clever sales techniques make this book funny to the hilt. It is going to be well loved by older readers who will laugh out loud at the jokes. If you think you'll pass on this title, he has one more sales technique—"You break it, you buy it!!!" The book concludes with a ripped page.—Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews
Children with a taste for TV infomercials now have a literary equivalent to savor any time. Watt, creator of Scaredy Squirrel, dishes up toothy, toupee-topped super-hawker Al Foxword who, fresh from selling iceboxes to penguins and umbrellas to fish ("Al's the best! The AQUA UMBRELLA changed my life!" exclaims a finned customer), delivers a high-pressure sales pitch for this very title-his "#1 BESTSELLER!" Are you a tough sell? Al is willing to work for your dollars, offering personal compliments, compelling rationales ("Say GOOD-BYE to boring books. You know the ones I'm talking about . . . "), an enticing premium, even ideas for what to do with multiple copies. And if all that doesn't reel you in, he has one final trick up his sleeve. Looking like some sort of rodent and dressed in loud plaids, Al projects a personality as big as the emphatic exhortations plastered across the simply drawn, brightly colored scenes. Driven by a particularly artful use of page turns, this makes compelling reading. Have your credit card ready. (Picture book. 6-8)
From the Publisher
... a self-reflexive and broadly comic parody of self-promotion that invites its young readers to become critical consumers of advertising.

... a self-reflexive and broadly comic parody of self-promotion that invites its young readers to become critical consumers of advertising.

Driven by a particularly artful use of page turns, this makes compelling reading. Have your credit card ready.

Driven by a particularly artful use of page turns, this makes compelling reading. Have your credit card ready.

Jokes and interactive fun are the point here ... Give this to Mo Willems’ legions of Pigeon fans.

Jokes and interactive fun are the point here ... Give this to Mo Willems’ legions of Pigeon fans.

Foxword’s clever sales techniques make this book funny to the hilt.

Foxword’s clever sales techniques make this book funny to the hilt.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554532896
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 900,117
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mélanie Watt is an acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal.

Mélanie Watt is an acclaimed children's book author and illustrator. Her books include the Scaredy Squirrel, Chester and Learning With Animals series, Augustine, Leon the Chameleon and Have I Got a Book for You! She lives near Montreal.

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  • Posted August 26, 2009

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    A humerous look at SALES!

    This is another great book from Melanie Watt, author of the SCAREDY SQUIRREL and CHESTER series. Welcome to the world of sales and a humerous look at what a salesman will do to make a sell. Melanie Watt's illustrations are amusing and keep the reader engaged right up to the shocking end! Kids will enjoy this book but parents just might appreciate the full extent of Melanie Watt's humor. A must have for any picture book enthusiast!

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

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    One Persistent Salesman

    "Have I Got a Book for You!", by Melanie Watt, is a hilarious story about a fox who could sell an icebox to a penquin. Mr. Al Foxword could also sell an umbrella to a fish and a vacuum cleaner to a mole.

    In this book, Al is trying to sell us a book. He is speaking directly to the reader and he is using every sales pitch known to man. Al could easily get a job on a late night infomercial program. He has an answer for every objection.

    When I was a school librarian, I was always trying to "sell" my students on books. This book is perfect for sharing aloud with students. Kids will be laughing their socks off.

    The story has a surprise ending that will put a smile on the face of your most serious child. I LOVE this book! Young children will find the book funny and entertaining. Older students will recognize the salesmanship techniques that Mr. Foxword is using. This book is a great example of persuasive writing. Get this book today...you will be glad you did!

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