Wild About Books

Wild About Books


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Winner of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award

It started the summer of 2002, when the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, by mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo.

In this rollicking rhymed story, Molly introduces birds and beasts to this new something called reading. She finds the perfect book for every animal—tall books for giraffes, tiny ones for crickets. “She even found waterproof books for the otter, who never went swimming without Harry Potter.” In no time at all, Molly has them “forsaking their niches, their nests, and their nooks,” going “wild, simply wild, about wonderful books.” Judy Sierra’s funny animal tale coupled with Marc Brown’s lush, fanciful paintings will have the same effect on young Homo sapiens. Altogether, it’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375825385
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/10/2004
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 61,550
Product dimensions: 12.54(w) x 11.04(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Judy Sierra is the author of many critically acclaimed children’s books, including the bestselling collection of funny poems, Antarctic Antics; Silly & Sillier; and Tasty Baby Belly Buttons. She lives in Castro Valley, CA.

Marc Brown is best known as the creator of Arthur the aardvark, but you will find no aardvarks or animals wearing glasses in this book. Drawing upon his classical training at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Marc Brown’s colorful paintings for Wild About Books reflect the naïve spirit of folk art at its best. “Judy Sierra’s story gave me the opportunity to indulge myself in painting,” said Mr. Brown, adding that this is the book of which he is most proud. He lives in Hingham and Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

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Wild about Books 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
alyssabuzbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a fun, lighthearted book that teaches children how to care for books through rhyme.
jmilton11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: FantasyReview: The animals in the story are telling and reading stories, which could not happen in real life. The author makes this book believable because children's imaginations will eat up zoo animals reading for fun.Plot: There really is no conflict in the book, so there is no real climax or resolution. The author uses poetry and the rhythm keeps the book interesting throughout the whole thing.Media: Acrylic paintAge: Primary
brittneydufrene on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great illustrations and writing! "The tale of librarian Molly McGrew who, by mistake, drives the bookmobile into the zoo." The story is about animals learning to love to read. This book is the perfect way to promote the joy of reading.
Jill.Barrington on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A diverse group of zoo animals learn to love reading when a librarian mistakenly makes a stop at the zoo with a bookmobile.
booschnoo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of fantasy because it personifies animals. The author created a world in which the reader could believe that animals read and enjoy literature.Stars: StyleAge: Primary/Intermediate
alswartzfager on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites. It is about a library bus that collides with a zoo and all of the animals begin to read all of the books. The whole story rhymes. It would be good to tie into a lesson while teaching children about rhyming words. The illustrations are great too. I think many children of all ages would enjoy this book. It is illustrated by Marc Brown.
tshrum06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a good example of fantasy. It gives animals both animal and human characteristics. So the animals become relatable to the reader, but maintain their animal qualities to remain believable. The story is simple and interesting and draws the reader into this made up world that they sort of want to be a part of. Age Appropriateness: Primary, IntermediateMedia: Oil paint
whitneyharrison on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book shows how a bunch of animals at the zoo learned what reading was and went wild. Each animal reads books, then writes them and then they even talk about reviewing them. This is an awesome book to show how great reading is to students. There are also references to books that the animals liked best. And they are real books!
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My 5-year-old's review: "This is a very good book."
jsb021 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite book of all time! It describes a zookeeper, Molly McGrew, who introduces books to all of the animals. From otters who read Harry Potter to scorpions who write stinging book reviews, this book is a treat for children of elementary to middle school years! Great for read aloud.
ReadAloudDenver on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wild About Books is a fun, fun book to read aloud! And not just for kids but for adults as well (double-entendres explained on JudySierra.net). And it¿s written by and about a librarian! It¿s a story of how Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, accidentally drives her bookmobile into the zoo. All the animals get excited about ¿this new something called `reading¿¿ and even writing books as well. They get so excited that they even build a ¿zoobrary.¿ This is a very good book for reading aloud because it is large (12x9), has brightly colored illustrations and lots of animals to point out. Phonological Awareness is featured in Wild About Books in a fun and delightful way through rhyming words and a rhythmic cadence. For example: Hyenas shared jokes with the red-bellied snakes, And hey howled and they hissed till their funny bones ached.(hilarious picture of a hyena and snakes reading a joke book with a ¿Knock, knock¿ joke and a ¿Why did the chicken cross the road?¿ joke)
paroof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this book and my son loves this book - but I probably love it more. The librarian accidently? drives the bookmobile into the zoo and before you know the animals are reading. The rhythm flows nicely and it's clever and the pictures are charming. Big thumbs up!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This one is a keeper. I love everything about this book and you will too, if you love books and zoo animals. I was subbing some afternoon and the librarian read this to my third graders before check-out time and to be honest, I think I enjoyed it more than they did. I couldn’t wait till he finished so I could write the name of this book down so I get my hands on it as I didn’t think he gave the book the justice it deserved. The book was dying as he read in a monotone voice, he didn’t point out all the great illustrations nor did he highlight some of the great references in the text, he killed it. I knew with the right person reading this book, this book could be a gem! Let me tell you the illustrations are terrific, the pages are glossy and just opening this book, there are so many details within each page, you will want to just look at the pages before or after reading the text to make sure you get the full effect. The text is amazing. The story centers on Molly the librarian who pulls her bookmobile into the zoo by mistake. As she starts to read Dr. Seuss, the animals in the zoo surround her and start to read the books she has. Each animal has a favorite book or genre so whether they are hanging from trees, lying in the water, reading to their babies and many other situations, they are reading. The author is very creative in attaching the books to the animals. So what happens to the zoo as the animals read, the zoo changes. Written in black, this text rhymes and yes, some of the words are hard to pronounce and understand so if you read this book to younger children, please explain some of the words. Words like niches, devoured, haiku, and resistance might need to be explained. The book is funny but younger children might not totally understand all the concepts unless you explain them to them. For example: the hyenas liked joke books, “the boa constrictor squeezed Crictor too tight”, and porcupines wrote with their quills. I’m so excited to find this gem and know it will be one I will be sharing in the classroom. This would make a great gift too!
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
A librarian mistakenly drives her bookmobile into a zoo causing a stampede amongst the animals to get to the visiting library and find out what reading is all about.  Like a true dedicated bookworm, Molly McGrew, with  steadfast confidence and on a mission to satisfy the animal's curiosity, succeeds in turning them into avid readers and even writers.  This fantastic rhyming book takes the reader on a jolly romp with the animals and just might be an inspiration for your child's reading skills to escalate.  Cleverly the author uses playful language: "llamas read while eating their lunches", and "a hippo wins the 'Zoolitzer Prize', just to focus on a few.  She hands out tall books, small books, fat books and thin books and even waterproof books to the otters. You discover the crocodiles reading about Peter Pan, the elephants reading Dumbo and the giraffes reading about basketball.  Everyone has a book that interests him and the librarian even goes so far as to teach the animals proper respect and book etiquette towards their valued books. The illustrations are  charming and the animals (even the more ferocious ones) are adorable.  Marc Brown has done a fantastic job in capturing just the right colour pallet and energy to move the text to the next level.  The book is a fun, fun read and I highly recommend it.  Kids, parents and especially librarians will be thrilled with this book and the positive message it brings about the joy of reading and writing.
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HappyreaderSB More than 1 year ago
Author Judy Sierra's playful, rhythmical, rhyming story of animals and books, combined with Marc Brown's cheerful, fanciful, lushly colored pictures, makes for a delightful book so enjoyable that it's hard to find words to describe it. The text is worthy of Dr. Seuss, and it's appropriate that the book is dedicated to the good doctor. I was immediately drawn to the book by its cover art, then found that what's inside is even better! WILD ABOUT BOOKS is fun, and funny, a read-aloud treat and a feast for the eyes, a celebration of animals and books, reading and writing. And this is one picture book that parents are sure to enjoy at least as much as their children do. Everyone will be wild about this delightful, beautiful book! Sheila Beaumont
TwinMommy More than 1 year ago
We LOVE this book in my house. Very sing-songy prose which makes it easy and fun to read. Sweet plot line and introduces lots of more obscure zoo animals (gnu for instance). If you like Dr. Seuss, you'll love this one. Great illustrations too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great kids book, good rhyming, fun story and lots of animals. Fun for adults too.
nycmamaEH More than 1 year ago
this is a really wonderful book. well-written and humorous, with beautiful illustrations. my 2 1/2 year old is obsessed with it, and even we love reading it over and over with him
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JillyPec More than 1 year ago
Judy Sierra's clever story about a librarian who accidentally drives her book mobile into the local zoo immediately captures the imagination of the young reader. Molly introduces the various animals to not only reading and caring for books but also to writing - linking the essential concept that good readers make good writers. Even the "reluctant" animal readers find something of interest. The book is wonderfully illustrated in rich, vibrant colors and it's rhythmic patterns are best read aloud. This is one of my children's favorite bed-time reads. It is a great choice for early elementary-aged children.
The_Queen_of_all_PARPdom More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my son's elementary school (K-3) during out Parents As Reading Partners Program. The children loved it and especially loved seeing the illustrations of and hearing about books mentioned that they're already familiar with. It's a terrific read-a-loud book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book. My son is 11 months old and he loves to look at the pictures and even listens to the rhythmic words. This book is so clever and cute, it entertains our whole family over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A motivating book for encouraging children to get into books and read. Plenty of adult humor and play on words to keep all ages interested at multiple levels of enjoyment. Be sure to have plenty of great books on hand for kids to go wild over after reading this one aloud.