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Wild About Books

byJudy SierraIllustratorMarc Brown

Picture Books | August 10, 2004

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Winner of the E.B. White Read Aloud Award

It started the summer of 2002, when the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, by mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo.

In this rollicking rhymed story, Molly introduces birds and beasts to this new something called reading. She finds the perfect book for every animal—tall books for giraffes, tiny ones for crickets. “She even found waterproof books for the otter, who never went swimming without Harry Potter.” In no time at all, Molly has them “forsaking their niches, their nests, and their nooks,” going “wild, simply wild, about wonderful books.” Judy Sierra’s funny animal tale coupled with Marc Brown’s lush, fanciful paintings will have the same effect on young Homo sapiens. Altogether, it’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys!
Judy Sierra is the author of many critically acclaimed children’s books, including the bestselling collection of funny poems, Antarctic Antics; Silly & Sillier; and Tasty Baby Belly Buttons. She lives in Castro Valley, CA.Marc Brown is best known as the creator of Arthur the aardvark, but you will find no aardvarks or animals wearing g...
Title:Wild About BooksFormat:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 12.38 × 9.38 × 0.37 inPublished:August 10, 2004Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:037582538X

ISBN - 13:9780375825385

Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must have!!!! I read this every year to my class! Doesn't matter how old you are, this book is for everyone! I've bought it for every child on my Christmas list!
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Go wild....read a great book! A librarian mistakenly drives her bookmobile into a zoo causing a stampede amongst the animals to get to the visiting library and find out what reading is all about.  Like a true dedicated bookworm, Molly McGrew, with  steadfast confidence and on a mission to satisfy the animal's curiosity, succeeds in turning them into avid readers and even writers.  This fantastic rhyming book takes the reader on a jolly romp with the animals and just might be an inspiration for your child's reading skills to escalate.  Cleverly the author uses playful language: "llamas read while eating their lunches", and "a hippo wins the 'Zoolitzer Prize', just to focus on a few.  She hands out tall books, small books, fat books and thin books and even waterproof books to the otters. You discover the crocodiles reading about Peter Pan, the elephants reading Dumbo and the giraffes reading about basketball.  Everyone has a book that interests him and the librarian even goes so far as to teach the animals proper respect and book etiquette towards their valued books. The illustrations are  charming and the animals (even the more ferocious ones) are adorable.  Marc Brown has done a fantastic job in capturing just the right colour pallet and energy to move the text to the next level.  The book is a fun, fun read and I highly recommend it.  Kids, parents and especially librarians will be thrilled with this book and the positive message it brings about the joy of reading and writing.
Date published: 2014-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is an amazing book for young children. It combines books and animals and rhymes. My 3yr old daughter loves animals and absolutely adores this book. It's a great introduction to poetry as well. Overall, it is absolutely wonderful! A must for every little person's bookshelf.
Date published: 2009-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous I bought this for my 3 year old. The rhymes are fabulous and she knows it is like a Dr. Seuss book. My 3 year old can even complete the rhymes. She likes to look for the baby animals in all the pictures.
Date published: 2008-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a fun read! A la Dr. Seuss, Sierra's rhyming is spot on. The vocabulary is wonderful - just thought provoking enough for my 5 year old! The way she combines most children's love of both animals and books is so compelling. I can even see older children enjoying the read aloud when learing about poetry. Marc Brown's illustrations are as wonderful as ever. He has managed to make all the animals look real, life-like, and amusing all at the same time. A great colaboration!
Date published: 2005-11-02