Jay and The Bounty of Books

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During summer vacation, eight-year-old Jay is bored, and his mother is worried. All Jay wants to do is watch television. Determined to cure him of his boredom, Jay's mother takes him to the library.

Jay spends the rest of the day reading and asks his mom if they can return the next day to find more stories. Once home, Jay disappears with his enormous pile of books . . . and reappears as a giant!

Suddenly the most famous boy in the world, Jay ...

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Overview

During summer vacation, eight-year-old Jay is bored, and his mother is worried. All Jay wants to do is watch television. Determined to cure him of his boredom, Jay's mother takes him to the library.

Jay spends the rest of the day reading and asks his mom if they can return the next day to find more stories. Once home, Jay disappears with his enormous pile of books . . . and reappears as a giant!

Suddenly the most famous boy in the world, Jay doesn't understand how he got so big. All he remembers is falling asleep reading. Finally, an expert explains to Jay that the knowledge from all of his books has made him enormous, but there is a way Jay can shrink back down to size.

In order for Jay to return to his usual height, he must share his newfound wisdom with others. So Jay begins to tell everyone the stories he read of dinosaurs and robots, animals and pirates, and everything under the sun. Eventually, he becomes his usual size--but only after making everyone else's imagination bigger.

Randall Ivey is a professor of composition, literature, and English at the University of South Carolina. This is his first children's book, inspired by his nephew, who loves reading and learning as much as his uncle.

Chuck Galey lives in Jackson, Mississippi, where he opened his own illustration studio in 1985. In addition to My Brother Dan's Delicious, SantaSaurus, Jazz Cats, and Rock 'n' Roll Dogs, all published by Pelican, he has illustrated more than thirty educational books.

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To get him away from the television, Jay's mother takes him to the library where he gets stacks of books about dinosaurs and robots, animals and pirates, and more. Jay takes them outdoors and continues to read until he falls asleep. When he wakes, he has become a giant. An expert tells his worried parents that the stories from all the books he read has made him grow; to return to his original size, Jay must share them with others. In doing so, " . . . his stories gave all of his listeners, man and woman, boy and girl, young and old, what they needed to become giants themselves-in their own way." Children may miss this abstract and rather heavy-handed message about the value of reading. The average-quality watercolors do a serviceable job of capturing the action.
—Luella TeutonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589803725
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.30 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Chuck Galey opened his own illustration studio in 1985. In addition to My Brother Dan's Delicious, SantaSaurus, Jazz Cats, and Rock 'n' Roll Dogs, all published by Pelican, he has illustrated more than thirty educational books.

Randall Ivey is a professor of English composition and literature at the University of South Carolina. This is his first children's book.

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