Brilliant.

Summary:

This story in verse speaks with one voice through multiple narrators. Each spread depicts children of different races and cultures reading different kinds of materials and in different places. The illustrations pick up with more specifics about the different purposes of reading, such as a cookbook or playing an instrument. 


Parent Perspective:
I read this multiple times and I still spent more time exploring the illustrations than saying the words aloud. Reading this book is an exploration of all things literacy. It gives a nod to the reader that reading can be "monotonous," then shows ways to change that, as well as the practical purposes we need to be able to read. 

The illustrations complement the text and add to it as well. There is a lot going on in the imagery, so if you are reading this with a child, you'll be done with the text before they are ready to turn the page. All types of readers are represented whether it be disability or race. I also liked the mix of environments depicted, too.

I especially loved (and actually cheered) when I saw the girl reading braille and another girl using sign language. My one disappointment - and it is a minor nit - is that not once does it show a reader enjoying an audiobook. 


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers of every type are represented in this rhyming book that will excite - and entice - young readers.

Content Awareness Factors:

None. Just be prepared to build a treehouse or a Little Free Library.


Type of Book:
This is a rhyming story about the whys, wheres, and hows of reading ... and not just books!
Educational Themes:

Explore the illustrations!! They show all kinds of reading, from different materials to different ways to read (audio, braille, sign language). Point out the different ways the adults are reading, too. This is a great book for reinforcing not just the importance but also the joy of reading.

Reading Level:
2.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
8 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. It's a rhyming story with fun, imaginative illustrations. Kids are going to want this over and over and over again.

Title Just Read!
Author Lori Degman
Publisher Sterling Children's Books, Imprint Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © 2019
Illustrators Victoria Tentley-Krylov
ISBN 9781454925729
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Stories In Verse, Reading
Cybils
Reminder: Cover images, amazon.com and indiebound.org links are affiliate links. The Reading Tub can earn income via purchases made via these links. 100% of any income goes directly to our literacy mission.

You May Also Like...

Check out these books you may also like

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Josh Funk
Publisher
Sterling Children's Books, Imprint Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. © 2019
ISBN
9781454935063

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Sergio Ruzzier
Publisher
Chronicle Books © 2016
ISBN
9781452129075
Cybils

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Jenna Bush, Laura Bush
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
ISBN
9780061560750

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Saadia Faruqi
Publisher
Picture Window Books, Imprint Capstone Publishers © 2019
ISBN
9781515845799
Cybils

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Debbie Bertram, Susan Bloom
Publisher
Random House Children's Books, Penguin Randomhouse Company © 2003
ISBN
0375822933

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Toni Buzzeo
ISBN
9781932146912

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Judy Sierra
Publisher
Knopf Books for Young Readers, Imprint Knopf Doubleday © 2004
ISBN
037582538X