Carlo Likes Reading by Jessica Spanyol

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This engaging story celebrates the joy of learning to read.

"Carlo reads to Crackers the cat.
Carlo reads with his friend Nevil.
Carlo reads to a baby."
Carlo the giraffe likes reading—and wherever he goes, Carlo reads everything he sees: at his house, on the street, in the park, at the market, and, of course, in the library. Jessica Spanyol's simple story and cleverly labeled illustrations invite us to point, say, and read through the day with Carlo—and her bright, fun artwork will appeal to readers and nonreaders alike.
 

About Jessica Spanyol

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Jessica Spanyol studied at the Bath Academy of Art, Brighton Polytechnic, and the Royal College of Art. Currently, she exhibits her work in galleries and teaches illustration part time. She says, "I wrote the first version of CARLO LIKES READING when I was six years old. 'Carlo' was the name of my brother's best friend. 'Crackers' was the name of our family cat.
 
Published August 6, 2001 by Candlewick. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Carlo’s library—readers will remember Carlo Likes Reading (2001)—looks like an exceptionally cozy house: toys, posters, mobiles, and flowers all about, along with books and computers.

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“Carlo sees yellow in the field.” The color yellow dominates this two-page spread, and various yellow objects sport a prominent tie-on tag that names them.

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After “reading” his bedroom (“curtain,” “clock,” “pillow,” “Carlo’s slippers”), Carlo reads the kitchen, his father (“tail,” “bottom,” “leg,” “leg,” “leg,” “leg”), is read to by his mother, then goes out to read to the cat, a friend, a baby, and anyone else who will hold still.

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Carlo and the Really Nice Librarian by Jessica Spanyol finds the bibliophile giraffe star of Carlo Likes Counting becoming friends with Mrs. Chinca, an alligator librarian who, though initially scary to Carlo, wins him over quickly.

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In Carlo Likes Counting by Jessica Spanyol, a follow-up to last year s Carlo Likes Reading, the titular giraffe counts from one to 10, with one number to a spread.

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the text "Carlo reads his bedroom" accompanies newcomer Spanyol's opening full-bleed spread, which identifies everything from the stars on Carlo's mobile to the bunny slippers by his bed.

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