Every night, after all the humans leave, Barnsie explores the bookstore, picks a book, and settles into his comfy chair to read. Tonight he has a shark book to read; he needs quiet, so he can concentrate. What's that noise? It's Noble, a pup who just arrived at the store today! Noble loves to explore and has lots of questions. Barnsie gives him a tour of the store, explains what books are and answers all of Noble's questions. All Barnsie wants to do is read his book, but when Noble picks the shark book, Barnsie has had enough. He takes the book, goes to his comfy chair, and ... hmmm. Reading just doesn't feel the same. Now what?
What cute story! I expect readers will quickly pick a favorite character based on their personality! They are the Oscar and Felix of the bookstore, which is great, because readers ultimately learn that being different makes for great friendship. I love that Noble is an adventurous interrupter. Kids will easily see themselves in that role.
I figured the two would read together, but I loved how Noble retains his personality. The story is circular, with the end starting out just like the beginning. Awesome! Don't miss all the subtleties of the story! There is a lot to enjoy in the illustrations, as well as the author's explanation of books and how stories are constructed (characters, series). Where your preschooler won't understand it, your second grader will ... which extends the shelf life of this wonderful bedtime story.
Barnsie and Noble are adorable! Even as readers begin to understand where the story is going, they will love the illustrations and the events that build to the end. Enjoy a good story, sneak in a discussion about social skills, and laugh, too!
This is a picture book about reading books at bedtime.
Have fun with this book - explore the illustrations. Ask your child about the books you've read together - did you read books about sharks like Barnsie? Did they ever feel frustrated about trying to do something with a sibling underfoot? Show kids how the friendship works in families, too.
Events in the story also naturally lend themselves to discussions about sharing, compromise, apologizing, interrupting, and other soft / social skills.
9 and Up
3 to 8
Buy. The story is sweet and perfect for bedtime. Use it to be your guide on what book your child picks from the shelf to share tonight.