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Read All About It!

Read All About It!

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by Laura Bush

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Tyrone rules the school!

He's king of the monkey bars, a math machine, and a science whiz.

The only thing he doesn't like about school is reading. Books are so boring! But when strange visitors start dropping by the classroom for story hour, Tyrone discovers there's more to books than just words on pages.

Tyrone and his friends are swept up in a


Tyrone rules the school!

He's king of the monkey bars, a math machine, and a science whiz.

The only thing he doesn't like about school is reading. Books are so boring! But when strange visitors start dropping by the classroom for story hour, Tyrone discovers there's more to books than just words on pages.

Tyrone and his friends are swept up in a mysterious adventure that lands them in a most unexpected place. Mrs. Laura Bush and her daughter Jenna create a classroom adventure that will leave readers racing to the shelves!

A portion of proceeds to benefit Teach for America and The New Teacher Project.

Editorial Reviews

First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna collaborate in this entertaining picture book about the joys and benefits of reading. At the center of the adventure is Good Day Elementary School student Tyrone. Like many other young boys, restless Ty dreads classroom story time. Things change suddenly, however, when a mysterious disappearance sets Tyrone and his buddies off on an exciting search.
Publishers Weekly


Reviewed by Lucy Calkins

When his homeroom teacher, Miss Libro, reads aloud each day, Tyrone stubbornly ignores each story. He flies paper planes or pokes at his shoe with a pencil. One day, Tyrone actually listens, and he's amazed. Book characters spring to life, right in the classroom, and disappear when the book ends.

There are people who will love this book. After all, it addresses a problem seen across the country: many children, especially boys, choose not to read because they see books as dull. The story line of a misunderstood character who learns an important lesson and is eventually able to succeed in school is a common, and often beautiful, trajectory in children's literature. The illustrator is loved for her work with the popular Junie B. Jones series. And the authors! The authors are sincere in their love of reading-plus, they are famous.

But good intentions are not the same as a good book. The message here is that something magical happens when readers are drawn into the lives of characters. Ironically, Tyrone, the main character and narrator, never does come to life. We do not empathize with Tyrone because he's a conglomerate of traits that do not fit easily in the same person. To begin with, although Tyrone is a braggart and a self-described class clown, he sounds like Laura Bush. Here is Tyrone describing a chapter-book pig that comes to life in his classroom: "He was dirty and disorganized. He ate the most grotesque combination of leftover school lunches." Tyrone promptly joins his classmates in teaching the pig table manners-not exactly what one might expect of a ruffian who tyrannizes the school.Even Tyrone's age is unclear. Although he struts like a teenager, solves algebraic equations and towers over kindergartners, the books his teacher recommends-among them Curious George and The Cat in the Hat-suggest an audience of five- or six-year-olds, and indeed, when the class gathers at Miss Libro's knee for story hour, they appear to be first-graders.

Brunkus's participation notwithstanding, the authors are not willing to let Tyrone be disobedient and difficult the way Junie B. Jones can be. They don't really want him to do his own thing with that pig. Theirs is a world where everything is in its place. Tyrone's mother gardens, his father plays catch, and his genius friend looks like a nerd. In the books his teacher reads aloud, princes save princesses. On opening day, the bulletin board promotes good manners, and the central display in the classroom is always a list of rules: always raise your hand, follow all directions. As Tyrone comes to love books, he loses his spunk, taming the pig of his bad manners-and personality-just as the school has tamed him. Tyrone turns from the class clown to the bearer of moral lessons. In the end, this is the book's central problem. In its world of regiment and order, there is never room for a wild rumpus.

Lucy Calkins, the Robinson Professor of Children's Literature at Teachers College, Columbia University, is also the founding director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and the director of the Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College.

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Children's Literature - Sara Lorimer
Tyrone Brown, an elementary school student, does not like books. Or rather, there are other things he would rather do than read: play tag, or weed with his mom, or play catch with his dad. He likes school, but he does not like the library, no matter how many times his teacher, Miss Libro, tells him that "You never know who you're going to meet in a good book." But one particular story hour draws him in, and then things get weird. A ghost pops out of a Halloween story, Benjamin Franklin walks into their classroom during a story hour about the Founding Fathers, and so on. A pig shows up at one point, and then disappears. Tyrone and his friends decide to be detectives and find the missing pig. They look in a few classrooms, then try the library. There is the pig. And that is the end of the story. Apologies if this review sounds like I'm telling you about a dream I had, but that's the way the book reads: it jumps around and doesn't quite have a conclusion, just an end. The illustrations are cheery, but there's nothing about this book that is going to inspire reluctant readers. Reviewer: Sara Lorimer
School Library Journal

Gr 1-3- This book begins on an odd note, as Tyrone Brown proclaims: "I'm a professional student and class clown." A primary-grade audience will be clueless as to what "professional student" means, and adults will be puzzled as to how a child can fall into that category. Tyrone explains that he enjoys science and math, but that books are "so last year" and that "the library is a boring place" with "stinky pages." He sits with his back to his teacher and colors on his shoe as she reads. Disappointed that the class is listening to the story instead of being awed by his "spaceship" (a paper airplane), Tyrone decides to listen, for a change. He not only discovers that he likes stories, but also that the characters emerge from the books. When Miss Libro reads about a pig, it pops off the page, and the children fall in love with it. However, after she finishes reading the book, the porker vanishes, and the children find all of the characters in the library. Tyrone's abrupt conversion is unlikely, as is his equally sudden ability to indulge in flights of fancy. Brunkus's bright and cheerful watercolor art features a multiethnic cast with expressive faces and energetic body language. Celebrity authorship and intriguing art will draw children to this entry, but for stories that combine fantasy with more logical plot development, stay with Carmen Deedy's The Library Dragon (Peachtree, 1994) or David McPhail's Edward and the Pirates (Little, Brown, 1997).-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
The nation's First Librarian and her daughter team up to present a well-meaning salute to the pleasures of reading. Like so many bright, active boys, Tyrone doesn't "despise" books; he just doesn't "prefer them"-until one day he actually listens during storytime and from then on he's hooked. In fact, when Miss Libro reads now, the characters from her stories physically manifest in the classroom. Brunkus depicts a genially multicultural group of kids, whose eyes widen in amazement as first ghost, then Ben Franklin then a pig pop out of Miss Libro's books. While appealing, the logic behind the characters' appearance never comes clear; the kids' stupefaction at the pig's disappearance at the end of its book is likewise unconvincing. The text displays a keen understanding of the psyche of the nonreading child, but it's unlikely to win any of them over with its muddied message. A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of this book go to Teach for America and The New Teacher Project; perhaps those nurtured by these organizations can work on effectively converting reluctant readers. (Picture book. 5-8)
ALA Booklist
This purposeful tale gets a real kick from the art. Brunkus, the illustrator of the Junie B. Jones books, offers highly colored pictures that find fun in classroom situations, both real and fantastical. Even nonreaders may be prompted to give books a try.

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9.20(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
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4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

For decades, Laura Bush has championed key issues in the fields of education, health care, human rights, and the preservation of our nation’s heritage. A hiking and outdoors enthusiast, Mrs. Bush encourages Americans to spend time in and care for our national parks.

The author of the bestselling memoir Spoken from the Heart, Mrs. Bush also founded both the Texas Book Festival and the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Today, as the chair of the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, Mrs. Bush continues her work on global health-care innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform, and supporting the men and women who have served in America’s military. 

Mrs. Bush holds a degree in education and a master’s degree in library science. She taught in public schools in Dallas, Houston, and Austin and worked as a public school librarian.

Denise Brunkus has illustrated more than sixty books for children, most notably the bestselling Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park, Read All About It! by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush, and Charlie Hits It Big by Deborah Blumenthal. Denise is basically a neat person, so adding smudges and smears to the art for Sloppy Joe was an unexpected thrill. She lives in Massachusetts.

Denise Brunkus es una conocida ilustradora de libros para niños con más de sesenta libros publicados, entre los que se destacan la exitosa serie Junie B. Jones, Charlie Hits It Big, Chocolatina y Groundhog Gets a Say. Vive en Massachusetts con su esposo y su gran colección de libros.

Jenna Bush Hager is a contributing correspondent on NBC’s Today show and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, which she wrote after traveling to Latin America in 2006 as an intern with UNICEF. Ana’s Story is based on the life of a seventeen-year-old single mother with HIV who struggles to shield her child from the life she had of abuse and neglect.

Hager remains involved with UNICEF and is currently the chair of its Next Generation initiative, which is dedicated to reducing childhood deaths around the world. Hager holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also coauthor with Laura Bush of the children’s books Our Great Big Backyard and Read All About It!

Hager is the daughter of former US President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. In 2008, she married Henry Hager, and they have two daughters, Margaret Laura (Mila) and Poppy Louise.

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Read All about It 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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This book is a decent story with a moral to it. The illustrations are beautiful as well as bright and happy. Any parent would be proud to have this in his child's library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book will delight young children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good book. It's good to see a book that concentrates on children reading. This makes a great gift for a child.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book itself was cute. Not great, but far from terrible. What really sells it is the illustrations, by the incomparable Denise Brunkus. This is the first time I've seen her work in color [apart from the front covers of the Junie B. Jones books], and it's simply outstanding. She really takes the just-average text and makes it come alive. I know the book's celebrity authors are the ones doing all the publicity tours for this title, but it's the illustrator who deserves most of the praise here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is lovely. The slam to the author's husband is not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'read all about it' is a very remarkable childrens book writtion by first lady laura bush and jena bush and it is about a young student who likes everything in his school except books and what I love about this bestseller is the joy in this young boys eyes whean his teacher shows him all the wonderful things he can apprieatte from the joy of reading. this is very hard to put down and the little boy tyrone is based on one of the students of laura bush whean she was a teacher. great gift idea for a friend or family member as well as an honorable tribute to teachers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I immediately went online to buy this book for my Granddaughter who is in the second grade. I feel that Laura Bush is the ultimate Mother and Grandmother and Jenna being a wonderful product of her parents.
Guest More than 1 year ago
very good well written,great story