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I Still Hate to Read!

I Still Hate to Read!

by Rita Marshall, Etienne Delessert (Illustrator)

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
We have met our narrator, Victor W. Dickens, in his previous confession, I Hate to Read. Really known only to his dog Page, he is a rebel operating "under several different identities." While his family would like him to behave traditionally, Victor and Page are having a series of thrilling adventures as they read from "highly classified" documents. When asked by his teacher to bring a visual aid relating to lions to the class reading circle, Victor brings Page and takes the entire class on a safari across Africa. This success in school leads to support from his teacher and parents, making us wonder about his remaining a "rebel." We are reassured by the conclusion. This fantasy is enhanced by the appealing naturalistic characters involved in most unnatural situations. A rat, for example, is on a cell phone while his companion rolls a pair of dice and smokes a cigarette. A field mouse juggles chocolate coins; a raven sports an emerald in its beak. Over a yellow cloth cover bearing only the title is a paper jacket depicting with pastel-like smooth surfaces Victor and Page, looking at us over a book bearing the alternate title "I Love to Read," and obviously they do, but only in their own way.
School Library Journal

Gr 1-5 Victor W. Dickens, a self-described rebel and "lousy student," first introduced in I Hate to Read! (Creative Editions, 1995), makes another appearance. His true identity as a hard-core book lover is known only to his dog, Page, and to those who turn the pages of this appealing offering. The story of a boy who will not reveal his undercover passion (especially to his tattletale little sister) will find an audience among children lucky enough to have discovered the deep and mysteriously personal connections that one can develop with books and with reluctant readers as well. The fantastical illustrations featuring Victor and Page unleashed on the field of book-inspired imagination landscaped with surreal rats on cell phones and crows in top hats add to the fun, and will no doubt show struggling students that there might be something to all this reading business after all. Library programs in which children read to dogs should take special note-Page, the literature-loving dog, could be your new mascot.-Susan Moorhead, New Rochelle Public Library, NY

Product Details

Creative Company, The
Publication date:
Creative Editions Series
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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