Thursday, October 05, 2017

Hooray for Books

Hooray for Books. Brian Won. 2017. HMH. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: "Where is that book? It's my favorite!" Turtle said. He searched his entire house--but no book.

Premise/plot: Turtle cannot find his FAVORITE book. Did he lend it to a friend? He visits his friend one by one to see if his book can be found. Each friend offers him a different book to read instead--one of their favorites. But Turtle wants HIS favorite book. Will Turtle find his book again?

Hooray for Books is the third in a series. Readers can also enjoy Hooray for Hat! and Hooray for Today! If you've read the previous books, chances are you'll enjoy this one all the more.

My thoughts: This book could have had a tragic ending. I can definitely relate to Turtle. There is nothing worse than being caught up in the panic of not knowing where your favorite book is. Until the book is found, how can normality ever be restored. In some cases, it can't. One then must seek out a new copy of a favorite book. (Which leads to the potential of a happy dance if you find the original, "lost" copy). When the search is on--the SEARCH IS ON--nothing can or will stop you. (I can relate to Turtle being completely disinterested in his friend's books. I will commend Turtle for being polite and not getting angry or pushy.) When the book is found, Turtle celebrates by reading it THREE times in a row. (If my favorite book was a picture book, I would so do this.) Will Turtle lend his book again? Here's where Turtle and I part company. Turtle does. He borrows his friends' books, and he lends out his again. (I personally am of the opinion that if you only have one copy of your favorite book, it should not be loaned; that's why you *need* multiple copies of your favorite book.)

The book celebrates stories, books, and friendship.

Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 8 out of 10

© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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