The Library Book

Thames. Aug. 2021. 32p. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9780500652602.
PreS-Gr 1–A group of gleeful kids and their teacher visit a very special place—the library! The excitement is palpable as they imagine all the different kind of books awaiting them inside. All but one child, that is. Zach does not like to read at all. When asked if he will read, he offers an unequivocal “No!” and says that he would rather be at home watching TV. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm of his classmates quickly becomes contagious as they share with him books about cooking, adventures, poetry, and even his beloved soccer. Before he knows it, he is lost in a book just as his friends are. This story in verse would be great to share with a class prior to library visits. The art recalls Quentin Blake’s pen and ink cartoons and invites children into the pages.
VERDICT For first-timers or veteran visitors, this book is a perfect fit, and librarians seeking ways to support classroom newcomers will want to have this on hand.

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