Sunday, January 8, 2012

Never say never... some school age fun

I was not so sure that I would like Cece Mang's (author) and Joy Ang's (illustrator) new title,  I Will Not Read this Book when one of my librarian pals passed it along to me.  I'm sorry, I just don't like books that are overtly written and marketed to exasperated parents/teachers for their reluctant- reader-male-children.  Perhaps as the mother of girl-children I am not able to empathize.  Or as a woman who has usually found herself surrounded by voraciously reading males (father, brother, husband) I'm just not convinced that it's the subject matter of books that is to blame for a boys disinterest in reading.  In any case....

I was relieved to find that Mang's story is funny and Ang's illustrations are marvelous.  All of my eye-rolls and prejudices aside, I like it.  I like it alot, and I cannot imagine a class of first or second graders who would not agree.

A little boy refuses to read a book, even if you hang him from one toe or inflict all kinds of other pressures (an oncoming train or ticklish monkey, for example).  Will he ever give in?!  What will make him break at last?!  Fast paced, dramatic, and silly, this is a programming must-use I do believe.


I Will Not Read this Book, by Cece Mang and Joy Ang

Song to get some of the Sillies out:
Down by the Bay,
Where the watermelons grow...
Have a seen a goat where a coat?
Down by the bay.

(Repeat with as many silly rhymes as you and the kids have time for)

Wolves by Emily Gravett
A fantastically funny book that you should be afraid to read!  If you are a cute, fluffy bunny.  Hurray for more suspense and silliness in this storytime!

Never Take a Shark to the Dentist, and Other Things Not to Do, by Judi Barrett and John Nickle

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