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Wild About Books (2004)

by Judy Sierra

Other authors: Marc Brown (Illustrator)

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This modern fantasy was about a librarian named Molly who drove her library truck into the zoo. Molly opens up the library to all of the animals who go, "wild, simply wild, over wonderful books". Molly finds all of the different animals all of the different books they need, like tall books for giraffes. Reading inspires the animals to explore their own talents in writing poems and ballads and perform plays. SOme of the animals treat the books badly however they all work with Molly and the problem is resolved and the books are much loved again. This book would inspire young and old readers alike to go wild over wonderful books. ( )
  sommerkirk | Apr 21, 2015 |
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This book is called "Wild About Books" and it is written by Judy Sierra, with pictures by Marc Brown. This book is about a librarian who brings her mobile library to the zoo. Soon the animals are going crazy over all of the different stories and types of books. The animals love reading books so much that they decide to start writing their own books and giving reviews of others. The animals are convinced that they can have their very own library at the zoo and take care of their own books. I think my favorite part of this book is when the scorpion is giving reviews of other animals books. If you like funny books about reading, you'll love this book! This book makes you go wild, simply, wild about all the wonderful books. ( )
  kfrost32 | Apr 19, 2015 |
This is a book where Molly McGrew takes her library on wheels, and accidentally ends up at the zoo. She ends up getting the animals addicted to the books that she has in her portable library. The book goes through all of the different animals and how they use the books. It starts from them reading the books, to licking the pictures off the pages, and to writing their own books. The animals love the books so much that they build their own library at the zoo. Genre: fantasy, animals cannot read or write books. ( )
  amassingale | Apr 7, 2015 |
Wild About Books is a modern fantasy that encourages excitement about books and reading flowing into being able to write. Children will love this story of zoo animals reading and writing and Judy Sierra does a wonderful job a putting the words into rhyme. This book is appropriate for beginning readers. ( )
  jenniferm14 | Mar 9, 2015 |
This book was an educational way to introduce reading as a fun hobby to children, and I really enjoyed it. It starts with a librarian who mistakenly drove her public library “bookmobile” out near a zoo, and from there described how excited all of the animals were to pick out books on topics that they found interesting. I also liked how the book referenced Dr. Suees and Nancy Drew, and how all of the animals came running towards her to hear her read during the book. The author writes: “Forsaking their niches, their nests, and their nooks, they went wild, simply wild, about wonderful books,” which subtly shows what kinds of habitats animals live in/could be a good discussion to have after the book is read to a class.
The idea of wild animals (or a child’s favorite animal) being excited for reading will make them more inclined to enjoy reading as well. In addition, the illustrations are colorful and exciting and “wild,” and show all different kinds of animals on each page reading books that children might find familiar like Peter Pan and Dumbo. Throughout the book, I was connecting with familiar authors and titles, so I got to thinking about how fun it would be for kids to relate to a book that a hippopotamus was reading in this book.
I also liked how the book was written in sing-songy rhymes, like “the pandas demanded more books in Chinese. Molly filled their requests, always eager to please.” This shows that librarians are very helpful and there are tons of books to choose from at the library, whatever you’re interested in you should explore. This specific example also informed readers that pandas live in China.
As the book progresses, the animals decide to write their own books. I think this was a clever way to relate reading and writing, and maybe even spark creativity in children to do the same. She used relatable school struggles like “And although the gazelle couldn’t spell very well, like everyone else, she had stories to tell” that could help give children more confidence in learning from their mistakes and continuing to write. The last part of the book that I thought was very cute was when the animals changed the name in the zoo to “Zoobrary.” ( )
  tmalon4 | Mar 1, 2015 |
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When you visit the zoo now, you surely won't mind

If the animals seem just a bit hard to find --

They are sug in their niches, their nests, and their nooks,

Going wild, simply wild, about wonderful books.
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This book is for our favorite doctor, artist, poet, fun concocter: Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904-1991. -- Judy Sierra and Marc Brown
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It all started the summer of 2002,

When the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew,

By mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 037582538X, Hardcover)

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!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:43 -0400)

A librarian named Mavis McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake.

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