A BOOK FOR WOODY by Nicholas Heller


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Age Range: 4 & up


 Woody, a young pig in need of reading material for the trip home from his grandparents', sits down in front of a shelf with six books. Each book jumps out to convince him that it is ``the only one worth reading.'' Each one has a different content to offer: a moralistic tale, an adventure story, a funny book, a math book, a realist novel. The last book, entitled ``A Book for Woody,'' turns out to be the very book readers are holding. In this follow-up to Woody (1993), Heller's pictures of Woody and the talking books (black pen outlines, filed in with bright watercolors) are colorful, if somewhat stiff. But by-- successfully-- making the story so self-referential and the action so abstract Heller puts his book in a genre of storytelling that is a little unconventional and self-conscious, and a lot avante-garde. (Picture book. 4+)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-688-13377-0
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1995


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