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The Best Time to Read

The Best Time to Read

Hardback Picture Book

By (author) Debbie Bertram, By (author) Susan Bloom, Illustrated by Michael Garland

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  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • Format: Hardback | 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 229mm x 231mm x 8mm | 295g
  • Publication date: 5 August 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375830251
  • ISBN 13: 9780375830259
  • Illustrations note: FULL COLOR
  • Sales rank: 633,497

Product description

The little boy from T"he Best Place to Read" can now read by himself, and he's looking for an audience. But everyone--his parents, siblings, grandparents, even his dog!--is too busy to hear a story in this fun and lively tale. When our young reader finally settles in to read to his toys, he gets a surprise visit and learns that the best time to read is whenever you have loved ones to listen! With catchy, rhyming text and vibrant illustrations, this is the perfect read-aloud--anytime!

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Bertram and Bloom's The Best Place to Read (2003) took on the social geography of reading. This sequel addresses not so much the best time to read as the best people to read with-and that means just about anyone, anytime. In consistently upbeat, rhyming sequences, a young boy races about his house seeking someone to share his new book. He'll be happy to read to them, but the results are disappointing: Mom's cooking, dad's mowing, big brother-as big brothers will-wants him to beat it and all the others, even the dog, are busy, too. Well, there's always the captive audience of stuffed animals. The story is a gentle tribute to sharing and the pleasures to be found in reading, if only on the boy's part-until the end, when the family shakes free from their distractions. Garland's artwork is hit or miss; either you will be taken with his brand of alternately fuzzy and sharp elements and their seemingly 3-D qualities, or those beady eyes will give you the creeps. Still, there's no time like the present to deliver this message. (Picture book. 3-6) (Kirkus Reviews)

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The little boy from T"he Best Place to Read can now read by himself, and he's looking for an audience. But everyone--his parents, siblings, grandparents, even his dog!--is too busy to hear a story in this fun and lively tale. When our young reader finally settles in to read to his toys, he gets a surprise visit and learns that the best time to read is whenever you have loved ones to listen! With catchy, rhyming text and vibrant illustrations, this is the perfect read-aloud--anytime!