The Lonely Bookby Kate Bernheimer, Chris Sheban (Illustrator)
When a wonderful new book arrives at the library, at first it is loved by all, checked out constantly, and rarely spends a night on the library shelf. But over time it grows old and worn, and the children lose interest in its story. The book is sent to the library's basement where the other faded books live. How it eventually finds an honored place on a little girl
When a wonderful new book arrives at the library, at first it is loved by all, checked out constantly, and rarely spends a night on the library shelf. But over time it grows old and worn, and the children lose interest in its story. The book is sent to the library's basement where the other faded books live. How it eventually finds an honored place on a little girl's bookshelf—and in her heart—makes for an unforgettable story sure to enchant anyone who has ever cherished a book. Kate Bernheimer and Chris Sheban have teamed up to create a picture book that promises to be loved every bit as much as the lonely book itself.
- Random House Children's Books
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- 9.20(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
KATE BERNHEIMER is the author of the picture book The Girl in the Castle Inside the Museum, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Her most recent book for adults are Horse, Flower, Bird, a collection of stories, and The Complete Tales of Lucy Gold, the third novel in a fairy-tale trilogy. A fairy tale expert, she is the editor of My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me; Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Women Writers Explore Their Favorite Fairy Tales; and Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men in Fairy Tales. She is currently a professor of English at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. Visit her at KateBernheimer.com.
CHRIS SHEBAN is best-known for his luminous jacket art for Kate DiCamillo's acclaimed novel, Because of Winn Dixie. He is also the illustrator of many picture books, including Catching the Moon by the bestselling novelist of Bee Season, Myla Goldberg, and A Night on the Range by Aaron Frisch. He's been awarded three Gold and three Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators. Visit him at ChrisSheban.com.
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When browsing the shelves at the library or a bookstore, when I was little and now as an adult, I sometimes wonder, what some of the books are like, having heard of them or haven't heard of them. And of course if they've been checked out or read or bought. With this book, it got me thinking about that while reading. Plus there's just something about walking and looking at the spines and reading the different titles and authors that you probably heard or not heard of and wonder if their books are any good or not. A kind of mystery to it I guess. Or maybe I just love books. Right sorry, went to book land there. With this one, you kind of like and feel for the lonely book. A quick read but it has different emotions within the story. Well done. And good ending.
Do books have feelings? Do they have a pulse or a message they deliver in a soft whisper to your mind and heart? I think they definitely do. Were you ever browsing in the library or your local bookstore, sorting through titles, when one shouts to you, "Pick me!" You need to hear what I have to say right now about what is happening in your life's journey." I bet you have. This fabulous little book will tickle a book-lovers ears. The illustrations are soft and muted and beautiful to behold. Much of the setting of this lyrical narrative transpires inside a library with new books arriving daily ... "The library was busy every day with children looking for books about everything in the world, and the moss-green book about the girl in the forest was often chosen and taken home. Whenever the book was returned, it was placed on the shelf where the newest books lived. There was a long list of children waiting for the book, and it hardly ever slept at the library." After many encounters with eager new children wanting to read "the book" eventually the well-loved book became worn and tattered looking and less in demand and then.....completely forgotten. "Dropped in a dark corner by a daydreaming child, and not even the librarian found it." Until a dark-haired girl discovered it, rescued it from obscurity, brought it home, and enjoyed its soft whisperings." Alice accidentally left the precious book at the library, and try as she might both she and the kind librarian assistant could not locate her favourite book. Then one day.....no....not spoiling ..... You will have to check out the book and find out for yourself. Did Alice finally find her book? Where had it been living? All these are good questions that need answering dear reader. I know you will be very happy with the ending as all stories should have a happy ending (in my opinion) and everyone should live happily ever after, even if you are a lonely book.
What a beautiful delight!
I hate to say that this book is just precious because that sounds, well, just too precious for words...but it is in the sense of being a found gem. Beautiful in both illustration and words, it tells the story of a book that is loved by many over the years, but then forgotten only to be reclaimed later by a young girl who loved and remembered it. I'm sharing it at our B&N storytime this week...hopefully it will inspire my little listeners and other readers to recall their favorite childhood books.
Illustrations are beautiful and dreamlike and fill most of the 34 large size pages. The story is sparse, but there enough words to capture the imagination and heart of young children who love to be read to or who have already begun the 'reading-by-myself' stage. My four year old grandson, soon to be five, wanted it read to him over and over.