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Author: Todd Parr

Illustrator: Todd Parr

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Publisher: Megan Tingley Books,

Material: board book

Summary: This is an imaginative book that explores how reading can empower you (man, woman, adult, child). This is a picture book that celebrates the joy of reading.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: na

Young Reader Reaction: reviewer did not read with a child

Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations are in Crayola® colors and remind me of the bright little cut-out puzzles from Europe made with wood. [You know, good Danish or Swedish design.] Each picture-page includes not only the story narrative but pictures of things with words in them. That association between words and how they can label objects is a subtle message for toddlers and beginning readers.

Pros: This is a well-written, simple story. The message that the author (and his publisher) care about helping kids read is bright and clear.

Cons: The only advantage for reading that Parr misses in this simple but well-written story is that reading prepares one for writing better.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! The book supports your effort to encourage reading at home, and Reach Out and Read's Effort to reach others.

If You Liked This Book, Try: THE PEACE BOOK   THE BEST PLACE TO READ   THE FOOT BOOK; Dr. Seuss's Wacky Book of Opposites

Educational Themes: This one is quite straight forward: reading is fun. It's a great starting point for encouraging a positive outlook toward reading.

Notes: Profits from this book are donated to Reach Out and Read.

Award-winning author Carolyn Howard-Johnson offered this review.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2005

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