Book reviews...from picture books to adult books, as well as books-to-movie info, and other stuff I think is interesting. Note: Not all books reviewed or recommended are appropriate for all ages.
FEBRUARY 1, 2008
Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk
Teresa and I both enjoyed reading a new picture book by Daniel Kirk, Library Mouse. The story is about a mouse named Sam who lives in the library, and comes out at night to read and read, until one day he decides to try writing his own book. After he writes and illustrates his first book, Squeak! a Mouse's Life, he slides it on shelf, where kids find it and like it.
The librarians are surprised, and after Sam has written more books, the head librarian posts a note inviting him to a special "meet the author" event. But Sam is too shy, so he cleverly uses the event as an opportunity to encourage the kids to become authors themselves.
This would be a great book to read with students in library units, beginning units about different genres, or to kick-off creative writing projects....or just for fun!
Other favorite library-related titles of mine include Clarence the Copycat by Pat Lakin, The Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris, I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric Kimmel, The Library Dragon by Carmen Deedy, The Librarian from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler, and Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack.