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Jumping Off Library Shelves

by Lee Bennett Hopkins

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A fun group of poems that all relate to libraries
  gregresch | May 30, 2016 |
I liked this book for many reasons. First, the language was easy to understand and used good vocaublary for young readers. The writing was engaging and funny for children as well as provided excitement towards going to the library and choosing books. The plot was organized with a sequence order to the poems that the reader followed. The illustrations enhanced the magic of the poetry that was written about the library. The main idea or message of the anthology was to encourage readers to continue reading and visiting the library whenever they could because it is a magical place that will expose you to new books and ideas. ( )
  rbiegel | Mar 18, 2016 |
Jumping Off Library Shelves by Lee Bennett Hopkins features a collection of poetry that all share the theme of the joy of reading. Each poem is specifically and stylistically shaped when it comes to the format, making it very appealing to the eye. There are some words and phrases that are purposely separated from the other parts of the poem. Some of the poems are written in a more traditional poetry style, while others are not. This is especially apparent during the poem, “Roller Coaster.” For example, when the poem mentions how a roller coaster dips, the letters in the word ‘dips’ are arranged to make a visual comparison how a roller coaster takes a big drop. Words and letters from the poems are incorporated into many of the illustrations, making the poems come to life. The big message of this book is that reading results in new knowledge and endless possibilities. ( )
  VictoriaStagg | Sep 24, 2015 |
Poems can either interest a reader or bore a reader, but this book made poetry so much fun! Between the selection of poems by different authors to the illustrations, the reader is instantly hooked form the beginning. The selection of different poems through out the book draws the reader in to see what comes next. Although they have different authors, they all relate back to the library. The language through out was different because of the different authors. Each poem was written on a different level. “The library rocked from the roof to the floor.” “On your desk sits the vagabond tutor.” This can also draw a reader in because you can use the book for many different audiences. Most authors used rhyming through out to create the story. The big idea of this book was to bring the library to life and everything that happens inside. Even though a library may seem like a dull place, it has many adventures hidden inside. ( )
  JenniferNavarrete | Sep 21, 2015 |
I liked the book for three reasons. First, I liked how all of the poems are related by one theme. This theme revolves around the idea of a library being a warm and inviting environment. Each poem has the reader look at the items found within a library in a different way than it usually is. There are poems about walking inside a library, reading books, librarians, and library cards. Each poem suggests and offers alternative perspectives on the classic library items. For instance, in the poem “My Card,” the author shows how a library card is this amazing item that can bring a person book after book. The library card is not just a simple card; rather, it is an item that opens doors.
Second, I like the illustrations that are present throughout the book. For each poem, an illustration fills the whole page. These illustrations are filled with color and grab the reader’s attention. In addition, the illustrations support the concepts within each poem. For instance, in the poem “Enchantment,” the illustration is of a wizard. This supports the idea of books being enchanting items that are attention grabbing. Then, in the poem “Internet Explorer,” there is a picture of a child on a boat sailing out into the world. This is similar to how a child explores the world of information when on the internet. Furthermore, during the poem “Storyteller,” there is one image of a teacher reading to a group of kids and then another image with a dragon and other magical items. This brings out the point of how when a book is read, a story is produced, which can be filled with imagination and wonder.
Third, the lines of the poems are organized in a way that adds interest. Rather than the lines simply following each other in a straight downward form, the lines at times are in curves or off-center. For instance, in the poem, “I’d like a Story,” the lines are curved as if following a semi-circle shape. Furthermore, many of the poems end with the words in the last line spaced out and in a descending form. This occurs in the poems: “Library,” “Enchantment,” and “Midnight.” In addition, the words themselves are differentiated by some being italicized. This happens in “The Poetry Section,” when the author writes, “it reached out and grabbed me.” By italicizing certain words, there is an emphasis placed upon the text. This deepens the meaning of the text and engages the reader.
The overall message that the author seeks to display through this book is that libraries are warm and inviting places that contain mystery and excitement. On the front flap of the book, the author writes “Open library doors. Enter a world of wonder - your home away from home.” The author is seeking to show the reader how a library can grant you access to a world of ideas and worlds. By reading a book, the reader can be transported into a story filled with excitement and adventure. All one must do, is walk through the doors. ( )
  ChristinaAlms | Sep 18, 2015 |
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