Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Book Review (Kids): Read All About It! by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush

Read All About It! by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush, illustrated by Denise Brunkus

Tyrone, "professional student and class clown" of Good Day Elementary School, isn't a fan of reading, despite his teacher Miss Libro's efforts to convince him otherwise.

"The library is a wonderful place!" says his teacher, Miss Libro. "You never know who you're going to meet in a good book."

Miss Libro, true to her name, is a fan of all things reading. (One of the more adorable aspects of Read All About It! is Miss Libro's daily Book List, posted in her classroom. It changes with each page of Read All About It! and in doing so, Laura and Jenna Bush pay homage to some classics of children's literature, such as Frog and Toad Together, Curious George, and If You Give a Pig a Pancake.)

But one day, Tyrone becomes interested in the story that Miss Libro is reading to the class. And then, cool things start happening and the books come to life. While reading a Halloween story, a real ghost appears! During a story about Benjamin Franklin, guess who walks in the classroom holding a kite?
The students become enamored with a pig, who steps off the pages and gives Tyrone a run for his money in ruling the school ... and an introduction to the coolest place in the school, a place where Tyrone, self-proclaimed non-fan of reading, has never been.

My kids enjoyed this book, which is recommended for ages 4-8. It's an adorable romp through the world and magic of children's books, and reminds all of us of how enchanting this world can be.

(Official disclaimer in official disclaimer small print: This book is written by a former First Lady and her daughter. That means that they are related to ... shh, don't tell anyone ... someone who was President of the United States. Studies have shown that students who read this book may recognize the name Laura Bush, and may question if she is related to the former President. Furthermore, studies have also shown that children who are exposed to the President of the United States in any form may show signs of becoming Republican, Democrat, Independent, Libertarian, conservative, liberal, or socialist and may demonstrate an inclination to vote when they are 18. It is also been proven that children exposed to the President may have a tendency to develop an appreciation or even something resembling respect for the the highest office in our land. You are advised to consult with your local political pundit before reading this book. The Betty and Boo Chronicles, et al cannot and will not be held liable for any political interest or thought from your child after the reading of this book nor does this review guarantee that this book will make said child into a lifelong reader. Read at your own risk. Thank you.)

1 comment:

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

I'm definitely bringing this book into our home - not only for your positive review, but for your "disclaimer" ... priceless!