Wild About Books by Judy Sierra

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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!
 

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JUDY SIERRA is the author many bestselling and critically acclaimed children's books, including The Sleepy Little Alphabet; Born to Read; Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf; Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf; Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur; and the New York Times bestseller Wild About Books and it's follow-up, ZooZical. MARC BROWN, best known as the creator of the Arthur books and TV show, has drawn on his love of American folk art in his paintings for Wild About Books,ZooZical, and now Wild About You!
 
Published January 1, 2004 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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In lively rhyming couplets that beg to be read aloud, Sierra’s zoo animals are back, this time proving that it takes a village zoo to raise children…especially when those children are adopted.

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The animals become fascinated by reading, and by words, and she strives to satisfy them: tall books for the giraffes—titled Skyscrapers, Redwoods, and Basketball in Brown’s clever take—books in Chinese for the pandas, “And llamas read dramas while eating their llunches.” The insects write haiku, ...

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Still the best Dr. Seuss tribute ever, Sierra’s rhymed 2004 tale of a librarian who gets all the animals in the zoo reading and writing is even funnier and more kinetic with digital flourishes.

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Working in the same angular, heavily patterned style of the previous books, Brown offers active yet comforting spreads of the animals with their children (one scene invites readers to find the zoo babies that have wandered off).

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As the zoo's residents eagerly descend on the bookmobile, their species-appropriate selections will elicit chuckles from kids: a monkey grabs for a banana cookbook, two crocodiles open Peter Pan to the page featuring the croc that swallows a clock, giraffes pore over "tall books" (devoted to bas...

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Young kids will not be surprised to find animals reading books and writing their own stories because the line between themselves and the sweet, smiling animals in the story is a thin one.

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(Read-alikes if you can think of them) This is a great companion to the earlier books by the pair – Wild About Books and Zoozical.

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