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Just a Story



written and illustrated by
Jeff Mack

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Neal Porter Books
Imprint
Print
ISBN
9780823446636
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Reading is wild, dangerous…fantastic! The possibilities are endless, the perils enormous—good thing it’s just a story.

A boy happens upon a discarded book that transforms a library into an escalating series of near misses and close encounters with dastardly pirates, a herd of scooter-riding elephants, a big blue whale, and is that an alien in an Elvis wig?

But surprise, he escapes without a scratch, because it’s just a story…

With an exuberant art style reminiscent of newspaper comic strips, illustrator Jeff Mack brings imagination to life in this riotous tale about the power of reading.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

32

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 11"

Dewey

E

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Nov 2020

Book Genres

Fiction

Topics

Books and reading. Adventure and adventurers. Imagination. Library books.

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Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2–A young white boy reads a book in a library, and the story comes alive; the library quickly is taken over by stampeding elephants, diaper-wearing dragons, butterflies, and even a UFO. The boy remains oblivious of the shenanigans occurring around him. Only the threat of a kiss, every young boy’s worst nightmare, snaps him out of his reverie. Of course, it was “just a story,” the chaos in the library symbolic of the vivid images a book can conjure in the imagination. Mack’s illustrations are bright and colorful. He is able to pack the page with personality and movement without overwhelming the flow of the book. The boy reads independently, which may inspire younger readers to do the same. On the back flap is an illustration of a young Black girl, who also appears at the end of the story to carry on the conceit. VERDICT The thrill of reading has been well documented, and this book doesn’t unfurl new territory; recommended for larger collections where the Mack’s work is already popular.–Chance Lee Joyner, Haverhill P.L., MA

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

K-Gr 2–A young white boy reads a book in a library, and the story comes alive; the library quickly is taken over by stampeding elephants, diaper-wearing dragons, butterflies, and even a UFO. The boy remains oblivious of the shenanigans occurring around him. Only the threat of a kiss, every young boy’s worst nightmare, snaps him out of his reverie. Of course, it was “just a story,” the chaos in the library symbolic of the vivid images a book can conjure in the imagination. Mack’s illustrations are bright and colorful. He is able to pack the page with personality and movement without overwhelming the flow of the book. The boy reads independently, which may inspire younger readers to do the same. On the back flap is an illustration of a young Black girl, who also appears at the end of the story to carry on the conceit. VERDICT The thrill of reading has been well documented, and this book doesn’t unfurl new territory; recommended for larger collections where the Mack’s work is already popular.–Chance Lee Joyner, Haverhill P.L., MA

ages 2-5
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$213.50 per Year
Interests
Animals,Beginning Readers,Fiction,Nonfiction,Picture Books,Storytime/Read Alouds
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