Reader, don't waste your time with this book. ?You might as well stick it back on the shelf,? the narrator warns. ?Or toss it under your bed. You don't need to read it because it looks like nothing happens in this book.? But, wait, he's spotted something. There's a trumpet without a trumpeter. And there's a tiny car without a driver. And a baton without a twirler. Maybe if you keep turning the pages, you'll find out who is missing these items. Maybe they are all together, getting ready to do something awesome. Maybe something amazing does happen in this book after all!The text and visual narrative work hand in hand in this playful, page-turning meta picture book, encouraging children to join in on the quest to find the seemingly missing story. By speaking directly to readers, Judy Ann Sadler's intriguing story piques their curiosity, and award-winning Vigg's quirky, humorous illustrations slowly reveal hints about the story that allow readers to piece together the mystery before the narrator does. This book makes for an engaging read-aloud that invites enthusiastic audience participation. The question underlying all the fun --- what elements are needed for a story? --- couples nicely with classroom story-building and writing exercises. In a special touch, the busy parade at the end of the book appears on a gatefold spread.
|Publisher:||Kids Can Press, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.90(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 7 Years|
About the Author
Vigg is an award-winning editorial illustrator whose work has appeared in various magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. Vigg is also part of the creative duo Bellebrute. He lives in Longueuil, Quebec.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book got 2 stars because I liked the illustrations. And it still almost only got one. I felt like the book sends the message that the only way to get kids interested in something is to tell them it's not there. Like you're supposed to be tricking into them to keep going just to see what could be going. It 1) avoids actually having to do any work in writing a story and 2) undermines encouraging children to want to read just for the enjoyment of it.
The narrator warns the reader that nothing happens in this book and you'd be better off returning it to the shelf, but as you continue to flip through the pages, you find clues about what exactly is happening and witness the narrator joining in something after all. The idea behind the book is clever, and kids will enjoy seeing the different things the narrator finds and how they come together to form something in the end. Whimsical illustrations will appeal to many readers. I read a copy from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own. 3 stars.