Sunday, January 5, 2014

PICTURE BOOK - Little Red Writing - Joan Holub

Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
2013, Chronicle Books
HC $16.99
28 very thick pages
Goodreads rating:  4.09
My rating: 4/Liked it a lot
Endpapers: All the pencils on the way to school - on a white background
Title Page:  Left:  Pencil School News (with credits
     Right:  Title on notebook paper, "Write often and carry a big notebook."
Illustrations:  All the characters are pencils.  Sweet used watercolors, pencil (17 HB pencils, to be exact!) and collage.  They're gorgeous.
1st line/s:  "Once upon a time in Pencil school, a teacher named Ms. 2 told her class, "Today we're going to write a story."

My comments:   Now this is my kind of story!  I'm not sure how much kids will like it, but it sure is a great teacher book.  It's written sort of Ms. Frizzle-y with lots going on...meaning main storyline, thought bubbles, story within story, words sprinkled all over the page to read -- and lots and lots to think about.  It is visually gorgeous, too.

Goodreads:  Acclaimed writer Joan Holub and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet team up in this hilarious and exuberant retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, in which a brave, little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of writing a story, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener (the Wolf 3000)... and saves the day.

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