Please Write in This Book

Please Write in This Book

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by Mary Amato, Eric Brace
     
 

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When a teacher leaves a blank book in the Writer’s Corner for her students to find, with the instructions “Please Write in this Book,” she hopes it will encourage her students to talk to one another in its pages. They do, and the result is an epic classroom battle.

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When a teacher leaves a blank book in the Writer’s Corner for her students to find, with the instructions “Please Write in this Book,” she hopes it will encourage her students to talk to one another in its pages. They do, and the result is an epic classroom battle.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"comic and clever read...perfect for novice readers."
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Dream teacher Ms. Wurtz leaves a blank book for students to find in the Writer's Corner of the classroom. Find it they do, and a lively correspondence begins within its pages. Factions emerge soon enough, with Lizzy and Yoshiko striving for literature, and Luke ("rhymes with puke") and his buddies writing for the sole purpose of howling with laughter. The personalities come through sharp and etched in multiple alternating entries in the blank book. The many voices allow us to sense the peacemakers and the provocateurs, the self-absorbed and the anxious, and Milton the fact-hound who keeps trying to make serious sense out of all the verbal posturing. Amato has nicely captured the high-tension social hi-jinks of elementary school and crafted an amusing story in the context of a classroom focused on student inquiry. Eric Brace's funny spot drawings could induce the kind of laughter that makes teeth go flying out. This one is for the real teachers like Ms. Wurtz in whose classrooms, tests notwithstanding, students trade notebook entries, are permitted to generate conflict on the page, and get to resolve it in real life. This book is not only fun to read, it could spark weeks of interactive reading and writing in an elementary classroom.
Kirkus Reviews
When a teacher leaves an enticingly blank book in a corner, it becomes a record of classroom rivalries, diplomacy and growth in this deceptively lighthearted offering from the creator of the Riot Brothers. In a variety of handwritten-style entries festooned with childlike drawings, bossy Lizzy and brash Luke ("rhymes with puke") go head-to-head as animal-loving Keesha, meek Yoshiko, budding engineer Milton and others chime in. Slowly, the gross-out remarks, outraged responses, pleas for amity, wild tall tales, authentically lame verse and sycophantic comments take on a different character. By the end, everyone-even initially aliterate Jimmy-is on the same page, enthusiastically taking turns contributing to a collectively composed story about rescuing the teacher from alien kidnappers. Along with warming the cockles of any educator's heart, this record of successful class dynamics will draw reluctant readers with its funny dialogue and please fans of Kate Klise's illustrated romps. (Fiction. 9-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823421381
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
97
Sales rank:
383,492
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Amato is now known for her comic middle-grade novels. "The Word Eater" was Ms. Amato's first novel. She is also the author of "Snarf Attack", "Underfoodle, and the Secret of Life: The Riot Brothers Tell All", as well as "The Naked Mole-Rat Letters". Ms. Amato is a storyteller, poet, puppeteer, mask-maker, and quilt-maker, too. She makes her home just outside Washington, D.C.

Eric Brace is a writer and illustrator for the Shoebox Greetings division of Hallmark. He has illustrated several other children’s books and lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please write in this book is a very funny book. When my teacher read the book to me and my class we all laughed and when she was finished with the book we all ran to the bookshelf to get it. One of my friends got it first. we were all upset. the book is about a class who find a book in the writers corner. they all want to write in it and they always fight about it. it is a very good book. you should read this book to your class, give it to your daughter or son, or friends kid. This book is very very funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS. If you think this reccommendation wasn't good don't blame me i am only 10!!!!!!!!!!
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