I Do Not Like Books Anymore!

By: Daisy Hirst

Natalie and Alphonse REALLY like books. Picture books with Dad, scary stories with Mom, and especially stories they remember or make up themselves. So when it’s time for Natalie to learn to read, she thinks it will be exciting—she can have all the stories in the world now, and even read them to Alphonse. But when Natalie gets her first reading book, the letters look like squiggles and it isn’t even a good story; it’s just about a cat that can sit. “I do not like books anymore!” Natalie declares. But she still wants to make up stories. With Alphonse’s help, can she find a way to turn a love of telling stories into a love of reading stories?

Full-color screen-printed illustrations.

ISBN: 9781536203349

JLG Release: Feb 2019


Topics: Family life , Siblings , Books and reading , Learning to read , Writing , Storytelling

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Monster siblings Natalie and Alphonse are back. Natalie can’t wait to read aloud to Alphonse. She gets her first beginner reading book about a cat. The letters all look like prickles and bird feet. Nothing interesting happens to that cat. It just sits. Natalie decides she doesn’t like books anymore and doesn’t need to read, ever. Instead, she Monster siblings Natalie and Alphonse are back. Natalie can’t wait to read aloud to Alphonse. She gets her first beginner reading book about a cat. The letters all look like prickles and bird feet. Nothing interesting happens to that cat. It just sits. Natalie decides she doesn’t like books anymore and doesn’t need to read, ever. Instead, she will make up stories and tell them to Alphonse. He suggests that her story should be in a book with pictures. They draw the pictures, and Natalie dictates the story to their dad as he writes it down. Natalie can mostly read the book they’d written. Primary color and screen-printed illustrations depict the simple yet endearing monsterlike characters. Creative use of thick black lines adds detail and illustrates how Natalie sees letters as bird feet, squiggles, and scratches floating across the page. The thick lines also complement the bold kidlike font, creating child-pleasing typography. New readers will understand Natalie’s frustrations. VERDICT The siblings’ spirited approach to literacy could also spark inspiration in children to create their own stories and not surrender to prickles and bird feet. An appealing read-aloud for those not quite ready to read on their own.–Mindy Hiatt, Salt Lake County Library Services

Book Details

ISBN

9781536203349

First Release

February 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.3; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

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Topics

Family life, Siblings, Books and reading, Learning to read, Writing, Storytelling,

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