Book’s Big Adventure by Adam Lehrhaupt, illustrated by Rahele Jomepour Bell. Paula Wiseman Books, 9781534421837, 2021
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? When Book was new, his cover was bright and shiny and he had a spot on a prominent shelf. He went on great adventures in the hands of children and felt purposeful while he also enjoyed himself. Then, other books started to appear on the library shelves, and Book was moved to a less than desirable shelf. He began to get dusty, and he wallowed in his aloneness. Just when he thought he was doomed to remain a forgotten story, he gained a new life after the library discarded him for donation at a book sale. He was given a new home and spent days in classrooms and a museum. He even spent a cozy night sleeping in the arms of a loving boy. The end pages share excellent suggestions for places to donate and purchase gently used books, promoting the idea that reusing and sharing books is a wonderful way to build a reading community while being environmentally concious. The digitally brushed illustrations provide a wonderful mood and tone to support this creative story.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Anyone who loves books will love reading about Book’s adventures.
Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA
Date of review: 3/5/21