First, my apologies for stating the wrong titles of two books! The correct titles are This Book Will Not Be Fun and A Squiggly Story. I’m exploring new ways to tell you about my favorite books, and prefer not to have a script.
Inside the front flap of the first book is the following excerpt. It provides you with a tasty sample of what’s to come.
“Welcome to my book. I assume you are reading this flap because you found the title inviting and are eager to read a book that promises no nonsense. Well, rest assured there will be no nonsense. Here you will find only sense. And logic! And scientific facts! So please take a seat in an ergonomic chair, sit up straight, and read attentively. And pay no attention to the giraffe on a bicycle.”
This is a Good Story is cleverly written! What a neat way to teach young writers about a setting, characters, conflict, climax and story plot. I love how the illustrations show the evolution of the story from the child’s perspective. Young readers will enjoy the way the main character narrates her thinking processes while writing. I like how the book demonstrates that we are constantly revising as we write.
A Squiggly Story will inspire emergent writers to tell their stories in whatever way they can! We know that pictures are the first symbols children use to tell a story, but wavy lines often follow. I think young readers will like the illustrations and accompanying speech bubbles.
As promised, here are a few more:
The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli
How to Read a Story by Kate Messner
Ralph Tells A Story by Abby Hanlon