by: Daniel Kirk
Published by: Abrams Books for Young Readers
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Reviewed by Jamie Driggers
Sam is a library mouse. He spends his days sleeping behind the children’s reference books, and his nights reading. His imagination is so stirred that he desires to write books, and soon he does. It is when the children begin to discover and read Sam’s books that he inspires them to write as well.
I can’t make up my mind about this book. While at the outset it is a nice little story that encourages children to write, it almost feels like an agenda book more than a picture book. There isn’t much story to it.
I can see great benefit to reading it to a room full of writers at a writer’s conference. Or a room full of kids at the beginning of a creative writing class. But although my four children will sit through it and seem to like it, I don’t see much enthusiasm from them. The read-aloud is smooth and there is nice repetition. The illustrations are colorful and entertaining (Although there is one of the mouse that is disturbing to me. My kids don’t seem to be bothered by it at all.) There is nothing objectionable about the book, just nothing really remarkable.
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Author’s Web site: http://www.DanielKirk.com
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