You Can Read

illus. by Mark Hoffmann. 32p. Orca. Feb. 2017. Tr $19.95. ISBN 9781459813243.
PreS-Gr 2—Sure, you can read in a classroom or a library, but think of all of the other places you can read. You can peruse a best seller in the park or while cooking in the kitchen. Or you can pore over a book when cruising in a rocket while in deep outer space. Why not read under the sea or by a campfire? This work is a great way to teach children that they can read in a variety of locations. It also shows how books can take them anywhere they want to go and on all kinds of exciting adventures. This is an extremely entertaining offering for young listeners and their adults. Some of the side-by-side pages are pairs or opposites that provide good opportunities for discussion. The fictional titles featured are quite humorous. For example, a cookbook is aptly named Just Try a Bite. There are also some hidden lessons on the pages. One such lesson focuses on proper etiquette and reading at the table. And when reading and walking down the street, watch where you walk or you might step in…YUCK! The illustrations and hand-lettering are done in a digital format that makes the pictures pop off the page and will capture readers' attention. Children will find it amusing that they can read on the toilet or in their underwear!
VERDICT A fun read-aloud for a storytime or class visit. This book is definitely worth purchasing.

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