Bottner, B., & Emberley, M. (2010). Miss Brooks loves books (and I don’t). New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
This book is about a dedicated librarian who explores different methods to interest her students in reading. She dresses up and she encourages her students to dress up. Yet no matter how exciting she makes reading, there is one stubborn student who cannot find a single book of interest. Miss Brooks persists, working with the student until she finds an interesting book.
The book was an enjoyable, fun read. The bright pictures surrounding the text helped the book to come alive. The words flow easily for reading aloud, with no tongue twisting, so no embarrassing moments!
When presenting this book in a library setting, it might be fun to dress up like Miss Brooks did, or to have some dress up clothes available for the children to dress up themselves.
Let’s see what some other reviewers had to say about this book:
PreS-Gr 2–All children need a librarian like Miss Brooks. Her love for reading flows from every fiber of her lanky, quirky self. When not happily immersed in one of the colorful choices from the mountains of books surrounding her, she is dressed as Babar, a Chinese dragon, or a groundhog–her puppet-clad arm popping through a hole on the page. She shares stories with a diverse group of young people, and all are captivated–except for one. This first-grade narrator believes Miss Brooks is a little too enthusiastic–to the point of being “vexing.” During Book Week’s student presentations, the overall-clad girl with large, round spectacles and a woolen beanie finds the other kids’ books “too flowery. Too furry. Too clickety. Too yippity.” When her mother observes that she is as “stubborn as a wart,” interest is aroused, Shrek is discovered in the pile supplied by the librarian, and the transformation begins. An ogre costume and stick-on warts for the whole class complete the conversion to bibliophile. Children will delight in Emberley’s spirited watercolor and ink renderings of literary favorites from The Very Hungry Caterpillar to a Wild Thing. Bottner’s deadpan humor and delicious prose combine with Emberley’s droll caricatures to create a story sure to please those who celebrate books–and one that may give pause to those who don’t (or who work with the latter).–Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
Lukehart, W. (2010). [Review of the book Miss brooks loves books! (and I don’t), by B. Bottner & M Emberley]. School Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6717150.html
And then there’s this one:
If ever there were a perfect picture book for those so-called “reluctant readers” this is it. Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don’t) tells the story of Missy, a little girl who rejects just about every story that comes her way. She complains that “They’re too kissy. Too pink. And too silly.” The tireless librarian Miss Brooks is not about to give up, nor is Missy’s mom. When Missy realizes she’d like to read about warts, Mom comes through with an inspired choice that sets this picky reader on the path to book bliss. Leave it to the pros–author Barbara Bottner and illustrator Michael Emberley to hit the funny bone with this clever and quirky new read. –Lauren Nemroff
Nemroff, L. (2010). [Review of the book Miss brooks loves books! (and I don’t), by B. Bottner & M Emberley]. Amazon.com. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Miss-Brooks-Loves-Books-Dont/dp/0375846824
This review is also interesting:
A scowling first-grader in spectacles, a knitted hat, and overalls cannot stand her bubbly librarian, who dresses up in costumes for reading circle, where she introduces books about dragons, Pilgrims, presidents, and Groundhogs, even! For Book Week, everyone in class has to bring a favorite story, and the young girl has only grouchy comebacks for the other kids, who enthusiastically share books about trains (too clickety), fairies (too flowery), cowboys (too yuppity), and dogs (too furry). When the librarian sends the little rebel home with a bagful of books, she does not like any of them––until she finds a story about a stubborn, smelly, snorty ogre with warts, William Steig’s Shrek, and that makes her grab more books about ogres, just like her. The cartoon-style illustrations extend the comedy in images of the expressive girl and her librarian, who dresses in wild miniskirts, boots, and flowers and is far from the usual stereotype. Lots of fun for avid and reluctant readers alike. Preschool-Grade 2. –Hazel Rochman
Rochman, H. (2010). [Review of the book Miss brooks loves books! (and I don’t), by B. Bottner & M Emberley]. Booklist. Retrieved from http://www.amazon.com/Miss-Brooks-Loves-Books-Dont/dp/0375846824