Miss Brooks is the school librarian and she loves books! (A lot!) For storytime, she dresses up as a rabbit when reading The Runaway Bunny, an elephant when reading Babar, a wild thing when reading Where the Wild Things Are, and, well, you get the picture. Almost all the kids love the costumes Miss Brooks wears and the books she reads, but there is one little first grader, Missy, who does not. When it’s Book Week and all the kids are sharing their favorite books and costumes, Missy just dismisses them as “Too flowery, too furry, too clickety, too yippity.” So what story does Missy find that she wants to share with the children in her class? Well, Shrek by William Steig! A book all about snorting and warts and ogres. The book is a hit when Missy shares it with her class in the library and maybe she’s realized that books are not so bad after all.
Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t) by Barbara Bottner, Illustrated by Michael Emberley, hardcover, $17.99, Alfred A. Knopf Publishing
Happy Reading, Maryam