I Hate To Read!

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Victor Dickens hates to read, and nothing can change his mind. Or can it? How about a parrot with a peg leg? Or a rabbit with black barn boots? Or a field mouse with gold coins? Anything can happen on the whimsical, wonderful night when a little boy with a stubborn hatred of books discovers that printed words can take on lives of their own. Reissued here with a text crafted for even younger readers, I Hate to Read! won the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award upon its original ...
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Overview

Victor Dickens hates to read, and nothing can change his mind. Or can it? How about a parrot with a peg leg? Or a rabbit with black barn boots? Or a field mouse with gold coins? Anything can happen on the whimsical, wonderful night when a little boy with a stubborn hatred of books discovers that printed words can take on lives of their own. Reissued here with a text crafted for even younger readers, I Hate to Read! won the 1993 Benjamin Franklin Award upon its original publication.

As a third-grader who hates to read unwillingly looks at a book, the characters come alive and interest him so much that he really begins to care about them, and begins turning the pages.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although ``most of the time Victor Dickens was a really good kid,'' he manifests all the symptoms of the ``I Hate to Read Syndrome.'' One day, while Victor is pretending to read so that he can move on to his favorite activity--watching TV--an alligator pops out of the pages of the book and bids Victor to jump into his pockets, where other children await story hour. Victor resists the invitation, as well as those issued by a succession of outlandish animals who try to entice him to read. A bizarre dream turns the stubborn boy around, however, and when he awakens he decides that he feels ``a little sad'' for the animals, for ``What would happen to them if their stories were lost?'' So Victor opens his book to look for his friends, and, predictably, becomes engrossed. Marshall's text may be didactic but it is liberally sprinkled with clever wordplay, and her book design offers such diversions as folios facing every conceivable direction. Yet most impressive is Delessert's inventive art, which wreaks playful havoc with perspective and scale, and features striking, earth-tone pastels punctuated with splashes of vibrant color. Ages 6-up. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568462325
  • Publisher: Creative Company, The
  • Publication date: 4/16/2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 435,238
  • Age range: 5 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Etienne Delessert is an influential Swiss-American artist and author whose distinctive picture book illustrations have earned numerous honors, including two Graphics Prizes from the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Rita Marshall is an author and one of the most distinguished designers and art directors in children's publishing. Her work has earned gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators and the New York Art Directors Club.

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