A Squiggly Story by Andrew LarsenA Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen

A Squiggly Story

byAndrew LarsenIllustratorMike Lowery

Picture Books | September 6, 2016

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A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there's a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn't know many words. ?Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,? his sister explains patiently. ?Why don't you start there, with a letter?? So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story.

This picture book from award-winning author Andrew Larsen playfully and imaginatively explores a young child's process of learning to express himself. It promotes the idea that stories are available for everyone to tell, whatever way we can, and will inspire pre-readers to try writing stories of their own. The lively, fun illustrations by Mike Lowery incorporate story panels with dialogue bubbles, adding visual texture. Also helpful, the boy's story is shown both as he actually writes it --- with just a few letters, some punctuation marks and typographical symbols --- and as he imagines it. Celebrating self-expression, self-discovery and imagination, this book would enhance an early language arts lesson on writing, particularly on the parts of a story. It beautifully highlights the exciting worlds that are opened up when children begin to read and write. In a sweet touch, the boy and his sister model a close and supportive sibling relationship.
Andrew Larsen is the author of The Imaginary Garden and Bella and the Bunny. He is a stay-at-home father who finds time to write between laundry and lunch. He lives in Toronto, Canada.Mike Lowery loves to draw stuff. Art was his favorite activity in kindergarten, and he has grown up to create illustrations for everything from children'...
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Title:A Squiggly StoryFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:32 pages, 10.25 × 9.38 × 0.38 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:Kids Can PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1771380160

ISBN - 13:9781771380164

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not What you May Think Truth time...when i first picked up A Squiggly Story I didn't think The Bear and The Bee would like it. I figured the comic book style illustrations by Mike Lowry wouldn't appeal to them and just skimmed the story so made an assumption about the book. Well, you know what assumptions make don't you. Turns out they LOVED it. We were so lucky to see author Andrew Larsen read the book live and in person at an event here in Toronto this winter. Since then The Bear has been a budding author, creating stories whenever there is paper and a writing utensil nearby. In A Squiggly Story, a little boy admires his big sister who writes stories and wishes he could too. His sister explains that he can and together then begin to create the start of a story. When the boy brings the story to school, he shares it with his classmates who also contribute to the now elaborate and creative story. Larsen does an incredible job in his book of telling children that they are authors. Even if they can't spell all the words correctly, or even at all, they can still write a story. A little bit comic book, a touch of camp story tradition, and a whole lot of creativity, this book should be in all classrooms, especially early to middle grade classrooms. I would argue it even has a place in creative writing classes everywhere as a reminder that the beginnings of a story are just a pen or pencil mark away. Thanks Kids Can Press
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh One of the great joys of an educator is when young children begin to realize that letters make words and words make stories that can be read. When children learn to write, they are taking the first steps to being empowered to express their ideas. It is this beginning that Andrew Larsen captures in A Squiggly Story. I appreciate that the boy doesn't know how to write all his letters and that his words are conveyed through pictures since this is exactly how children begin writing. His sister encourages him along with his teacher and friends. I could see this book being a valuable resource in a preschool classroom as a way to reinforce the concept of letters creating words and that anyone can write.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for Kindergarten I love this book! The first time I read it to my 3 year old daughter she leapt up and said "I can write too" and made some beautiful squiggles. I have used this book in Kindergarten and it has been a huge hit. It highlights that all kids can be successful with writing. You just have to take the risk to try!
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Story writing for young readers, what comes next. Little brother longs to write stories like his sister but all he can do is make squiggles. With her help his simple markings become stories that only he can build. This book is a great resource for showing the process of writing to ages three to seven.
Date published: 2016-09-02

Editorial Reviews

A Squiggly Story is a charming little book that may help first-time storytellers keep trying to write stories, even if they lack the ability to draw proper letterforms, let alone put a complete sentence together.-New York Times