Read Anything Good Lately?

Read Anything Good Lately?

by Susan Allen, Vicky Enright, Jane Lindaman

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Children's Literature
Here is a fresh twist on both the themed ABC book and the variety and pleasure found in reading�two kids with alliteration to answer the question "Read anything good lately?" Sure. An atlas at the airport, a biography in bed, and on through a yoga book in the yard to the zodiac at the zoo. The cheerful, detailed and cartoonish illustrations give each reader a balloon that features a fragment of sample text, such as a piece of "Rock star" text and a picture for "gossip in the grocery store." It is enough to get any child thinking not only about all of the various things they read in the course of a few days, but of clever ways to say it: "Sports Illustrated at the spin rack? Baking instructions for the Bisquick?" This lively package ends with the question, "And what have you read lately?" with a page about other kinds of reading such as nonfiction, textbook, phone book, autobiography, or mystery for kids to play with. Just right for starting the school year with a discussion of the many things people read over the summer, it also presents one more way to play with the alphabet for those who have mastered it well. 2003, Millbrook Press, <%ISBN%>0761323228
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-From "an atlas at the airport" to "a yoga book in the yard" and "the zodiac at the zoo," a little girl moves playfully along through biography, comics, dictionary, encyclopedia, magazine, poetry, quotations, recipes, and a variety of genres. Reading the "gossip in the grocery line," "updates under an umbrella," and "whatever in the waiting room" are somewhat looser variations on the theme but still acceptable. While relevant, choosing "literature at the library" might perpetuate a stuffy stereotype were it not for the pleasant cartoon illustration of a bean-bag chair, colorful shelves of books, and two little girls-one reading, the other enjoying an active pet rodent. The bespectacled, voracious young reader is supported by a loving family, complete with little brother, cat, and dog, as well as ethnically diverse friends. The pages have white margins for text; balloon inserts are included in the art that gives glimpses of characters reading in the featured settings. The final page offers 11 more "kinds of reading" in search of a place. This book has more value as a catalyst than as an alphabet book or enjoyable story. Though the text lends itself to reading aloud, the illustrations deserve more time. A pleasant addition but not an essential purchase.-Jody McCoy, The Bush School, Seattle, WA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A child's question prompts another's alphabetic reverie in this invitation to consider the many things and places to read: an atlas at the airport, a biography in bed, a gossip magazine in the grocery line, and on up to a zodiac (i.e., horoscope) at the zoo. The authors give non-paper media a nod, too, with information on the Internet, and leave the exercise open-ended with a closing list of additional types of reading material for readers to match with locations. In page-sized cartoons, Enright follows her smiling young bookworm from place to place, showing her reading alone and with company, indoors and out, up a tree, even in a Jacuzzi. Serving as a reminder to parents too, that reading opportunities are all around, this presents an engaging literary game likely to continue well beyond one pass through the ABCs. (Picture book. 5-7)

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Lerner Publishing Group
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7.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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