Monday, January 22, 2007

But Excuse Me That Is My Book

Child, Lauren. 2006. BUT EXCUSE ME THAT IS MY BOOK. New York: Dial. ISBN 0803730969 [Suggested Grade Levels K-1]

Charlie and Lola are a charming brother-sister team created by author and illustrator Lauren Child and they have appeared in previous picture books and in their own cartoon show. When their father tells Charlie and Lola that he is taking them to the library, they are happy. Lola has it all figured out. Today she will check out her favorite book. It doesn't matter that she's checked this book out repeatedly in the past. It is her favorite and her best. "But Charlie, Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies is a very special book that is my favorite and I really need it. Now. Now. Now. Now. Now!" But when the pair arrive at the library, Lola discovers her book is "lost" and "completely not there!" Charlie reminds her that this is a library and that many people check out books. But Lola is convinced that Beetles, Bugs, and Butterflies is HER book. Can Charlie convince her that she might like another book just as much? Or will this library trip turn into a disastrous fit? Funny as ever, Child once again illustrates a valuable lesson that children everywhere can relate to.

Read aloud other library-themed books like WILD ABOUT BOOKS by Judy Sierra, LIBRARY LION by Michelle Knudsen, and BEATRICE DOESN’T WANT TO by Laura Numeroff. Have children write and illustrate their own imaginative library adventures.

Other books by Lauren Child:
Child, Lauren. I WILL NEVER NOT EVER EAT A TOMATO. ISBN 0763621803
Child, Lauren. I AM NOT SLEEPY AND I WILL NOT GO TO BED. ISBN 0763629707

By Becky Laney

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