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WILD ABOUT BOOKS by Judy Sierra Kirkus Star


by Judy Sierra & illustrated by Marc Brown

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Aug. 10th, 2004
ISBN: 0-375-82538-X
Publisher: Knopf

A rollicking, loving tribute to Dr. Seuss (to whose memory this is dedicated) and to books and libraries. Here’s a rhyme that works, without clunking but with inspired silliness in the best Seussian meter. Librarian Molly McGrew, resplendent in hot-pink trousers and a tropical striped jacket, drives the bookmobile into the zoo, with delightful results. 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, critiqued by the scorpion—not only a lesson in verse, but quite hilarious: the Dung Beetle writes: “Roll a ball of dung— / Any kind of poo will do— / Baby beetle bed.” The scorpion sniffs, “Stinks.” Brown’s paintings, rich in pattern and detail and wonderful color, show graceful, cheery animals. A storytime spectacular. (Picture book. 4-8)