Todd Parr, the author of The Peace Book, The Daddy Book, and It's Okay to Be Different, has crafted another affirmation for young readers. Reading Makes You Feel Good delivers a message that will resonate with every parent and bookseller. As usual, Parr treats readers to an inviting array of funny signs, labels, and hidden pictures.
And Parr sings the praises of books in Reading Makes You Feel Good. In his signature bold colors, he shows that reading can take you to faraway places, help you learn to make pizza-and you can do it anywhere. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Readers will recognize Parr's signature bold colors and style in this celebration of reading. His illustrations work to present and reinforce the message that reading is an achievable and rewarding task. Parr takes pains to provide positive reinforcement for early literacy tasksthe alphabet is on the wall, signs and labels are part of the illustrations, and there is a message of encouragement from the author at the end. The one line per page text, however, is confusing. His repeated phrase "reading makes you feel good because" sets up the expectation for parallel structure, but the phrases that follow do not move in that direction. In fact, they often are not about how the reader feels at all. Such reservations aside, this book is an effective read-aloud for preschool through first grade, when children are doing the hard work of learning to read. The large format spreads drenched in rich, contrasting colors make this a great read-aloud choice. 2005, Megan Tingley Books/Little Brown, Ages 2 to 5.
PreS-Gr 1-Parr highlights some of the advantages of reading, such as learning how to make a pizza or finding your favorite animal at the zoo. The cartoon illustrations are bold and cheerful. Once again, the artist embraces a wild palette with pink rabbits, a purple elephant, and green- , yellow- , and blue-faced people. The art includes many fun details, such as labels, signs, and an odd assortment of objects sitting in the freezer next to the TV dinner. Such details encourage children and adults to move beyond the text and discuss the pictures together. A few of the pages are less successful than others. For example, the accompanying illustration for "you can imagine you are a brave princess-" shows a traditional damsel in distress, yelling for help from her tower. This predictability is later offset by a spread showing a father and baby together in the park, each reading a book. This title was written to support the work of Reach Out and Read, and as a message book, it is similar to Rosemary Wells's Read to Your Bunny (Scholastic, 1998). The strong contrast in artistic styles, however, ensures that the books will appeal to different audiences. Children will enjoy Parr's bright, zany pictures and come away with the important lesson: reading both teaches and entertains, and is fun to do with someone special.-Suzanne Myers Harold, Multnomah County Library System, Portland, OR Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
"Parr sings the praises of books in Reading Makes You Feel Good. In his signature bold colors, he shows that reading can take you to faraway places, help you learn to make pizza-and you can do it anywhere." -Publishers Weekly, 2005