Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Boy and the Book

The Boy and the Book: A Wordless Story
story by David Michael Slater; illustrated by Bob Kolar
2015 (Charlesbridge)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

A young boy comes rumbling into a public library like a sci-fi monster into a crowded city. As all of the books in the children's section cower or run in fear, he grabs a blue one. The boy drags the book across the floor. He plops down on the floor and tears a page while tossing it in the air. Mom comes to take him home so he tosses the battered and bruised book aside. Some books come to comfort him while others bring glue and tape. When the boy comes back on a different day, the blue book goes on the run only to be snatched through a shelf opening. After seeing their friend being boy-handled once again, the book's pals quickly hatch a plan to save their tormented blue buddy. Using a banner, one book swings in a swashbuckling style to grab the blue book out of the clutches of the boy. End of the story? Villain vanquished? Not so fast! A great unexpected turn takes place and your appreciation of this book goes to a whole other level.

Love this book. Love, love, love. The twist in the plot is genius. I laughed out loud at the expression of the books as this tiny tormentor wreaked havoc. I can't wait to share it with my kindergarten friends.

This is a terrific book to share at the beginning of the year as you introduce your classroom library. It's a humorous way to encourage good book behaviors. You can also teach inference to a kindergarten class with this wordless wonder. Add this book to your wordless collection now!

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