Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't)

Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't)


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With the help of Miss Brooks, Missy’s classmates all find books they love in the library—books about fairies and dogs and trains and cowboys. But Missy dismisses them all—“Too flowery, too furry, too clickety, too yippity.”

Still, Miss Brooks remains undaunted. Book Week is here and Missy will find a book to love if they have to empty the entire library. What story will finally win over this beastly, er, discriminating child? William Steig’s Shrek!—the tale of a repulsive green ogre in search of a revolting bride—of course!

Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley pay playful homage to the diverse tastes of child readers and the valiant librarians who are determined to put just the right book in each child’s hands.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375846823
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/09/2010
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 479,759
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: AD560L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About the Author

Barbara Bottner is the author of more than 36 books. She lives in Los Angeles.

Michael Emberley has been writing and illustrating children’s books since 1979. He lives in Ireland.

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Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
vbmommyof3 More than 1 year ago
Dear cindersylv, FYI, Shrek! was a classic children's book BEFORE it was a movie...so the Librarian in the book was "worth her salt"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purchased this book for my daughter and can not download to our iPad even though it plainly states for iPad. VERY DISAPOINTED and payed for nothing!!!!
Kathleen Sparrow More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this to read to my students in my library for a special night. The read to me function does not work correctly. It will not read on 1st page without double clicking the text. On the 2nd page it starts reading on it's own. Not happy with that.
NookManager More than 1 year ago
i find the book good onlyy
cindersylv More than 1 year ago
I read this book through with absolute excitement at the story, the characters, the writing. But it turned sour as soon as the author used the book "Shrek" as the book that finally caught the attention of the reluctant reader. A book from a movie? Really? Any librarian worth her reputation could do better than that. It also appeared that the reader had never heard of Shrek. Again, really? Except for the Shrek reference this was a great story showing young readers that there are books that everyone can enjoy
Jessie_Bear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A young reluctant reader grouses about a persistently enthusiastic librarian, and struggles to find any enjoyment in books. This book about books is filled with references to other classic children¿s texts, such as Where the Wild Things Are and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Although there are humorous moments such as the protagonist not understanding Miss Brooks and betting that her costumes itch, it is the protagonist¿s negativity which drives the first three quarters of the book. She insults each of her peers, and is repeatedly depicted as isolating herself from them, oftentimes facing a different direction entirely. The turn in which the protagonist finally discovers a book she loves is funny, endearing, but somewhat forced. The one-eighty turnabout does not read as entirely believable, although it does send a positive message about there being a perfect book for every reader. This book is illustrated with a focus on character, with little or no background illustration and generous amounts of white space. Emberly uses pencils and tube watercolors to create the illustrations, doing justice to Miss Brooks¿ whimsy, as well as the protagonist¿s stubborn disposition. This book is appropriate for school and public library collections for children, and is recommended for children ages four to seven.
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Miss Brooks is the school librarian who loves books. She even dresses up as her favorite characters throughout the year. But when Book Week comes around the main character doesn't know of any books she likes. Until...she finds a book involving warts. William Steig's timeless favorite, Shrek, is showcased and the narrator falls in love with the book. She even hands out wart stickers to her friends.A great book for the classroom and even motivational enough to help the class create a Book Week of our own!
silly_tine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An exhilarating read that will wake up the latent reader in any child. Not only is this book perfect for reluctant readers, but in a clever and ironic twist, it's great for book lovers, as well. Barbara Bottner's intrepid librarian picks out cherished children's books to read to her charges, allowing young and old readers to relive these stories and recall how they touched our lives. Infectious characters, dry wit and funny slapstick, and a story that commemorates children's literature as a whole combine to make "Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don't)" deserving of all the critical and popular praise it has received.
restock on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another favorite. The students in the class that are not particularly fond of books found great reassurance and comfort in this book of a girl that does not like books. Her eventual discovery is exciting as well.
nicoally on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Miss Brooks, the kooky librarian, loves books, but one of the 1st grade girl dislikes book¿all kinds of books. She is not even interested when Miss Brooks dresses up and reads popular books, books on trains, dogs, or pumpkins. The little tomboy finally finds something she wants to share with everyone during Book Week¿warts! She dresses up like an ogre with warts and realizes that even someone like her can find something she enjoys at the library. The illustrations illuminate the humor in the story, which proves complementary to the story since storyline itself does not display the comicalness. The pictures portray Miss Brooks in comical costumes and daily attire, and demonstrate that librarians really enjoy their jobs. The pages also have lots of white space, which makes the reader focus on the characters instead of the background. The plot emphasizes that a library has something for everyone. Librarians will definitely appreciate the message of the book; however, younger children may not understand the message of the book, nor be intrigued by the mute color palate. This picture book will bring a smile to the readers face. Recommended for ages 5-8.
karenamorg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bottner, B., & Emberley, M. (2010). Miss Brooks loves books (and I don't). New York: Alfred A. Knopf.This book is a librarian¿s dream. There are always a few very hard to please, somewhat jaded children who pass through a school library. This book should capture their attention, as it is about them. Miss Brooks¿ character as a wacky, very enthusiastic school librarian should amuse most elementary school children, but the target audience is K-3. Both characters are very believable, and the transformation of the young girl from unenthusiastic library patron to a hardcore book fan is very authentic. Even her mother, refreshingly depicted as an artist/painter, is¿in a few sketches¿realistically shown to be nurturing, yet offbeat. The language is perfect, as when expressing her irritation at the librarian¿s over-the-top enthusiasm, she exclaims, ¿It¿s vexing.¿ A South Carolina Picture Book Award Nominee (2011-2012).
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great new book to read to school groups. The tagline for the book is "a librarian and a contrarian face off in this tale of a very reluctant reader." Miss Brooks loves to dress up in goofy costumes from Babar, The Runaway Bunny, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and more. When Miss Brooks assigns a book report (in costume!) for Children's Book Week, it prompts the best line in the book -"When I get home, I ask my mother if we can move to a new town. My mother says there's a librarian in every town."The artwork is done in a complicated process - "drawn with pencil, scanned, then printed onto Arches 90 lb. hot press watercolor paper using waterproof inks, then painted with tube watercolors," however, the final product is not complicated at all - simple, goofy characters on white space with the occasional penciled comment, (SNORT!)A very funny book - "And that is the slimy truth."Too funny!
paulaanweiler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The libraian's love for books reaches a child who thinks she hates books.
josephm1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for every librarian! Miss Brooks is a very high-energy librarian who refuses to lose her excitement and enthusiasm for books and reading even when confronted by a reluctant, pessimistic reader, Missy.
CardCatalogue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An adorable read-aloud that engages young children and encourages them to find books that they will love. Appealing watercolour illustrations add to the story.
kreierso on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An ideal book to read aloud to children who can't find a book for them. The illustrations of the book loving librarian and the frustrated Missy as she begs her mom to move to avoid "book week" are guaranteed to make any child who is feeling afraid of "book week" laugh.
heby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book aloud to my K-2 in the library this year. I even dressed up like Miss Brooks! The first grader in this story is easily relatable for many of the students (even in the early years) who have a hard time finding that perfect book. I loved the wacky librarian character and the excitement of books that she shares with her students.
egv on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sweet story of how Missy, a stubborn girl, doesn't like books at all and her quirky librarian tries to enthuse her and show her how fun books can be.
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