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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One Persistent Salesman March 11 2010
By Janette Fuller - Published on
Format: Hardcover
"Have I Got a Book for You!", by Melanie Watt, is a hilarious story about a fox who could sell an icebox to a penquin. Mr. Al Foxword could also sell an umbrella to a fish and a vacuum cleaner to a mole.

In this book, Al is trying to sell us a book. He is speaking directly to the reader and he is using every sales pitch known to man. Al could easily get a job on a late night infomercial program. He has an answer for every objection.

When I was a school librarian, I was always trying to "sell" my students on books. This book is perfect for sharing aloud with students. Kids will be laughing their socks off.

The story has a surprise ending that will put a smile on the face of your most serious child. I LOVE this book! Young children will find the book funny and entertaining. Older students will recognize the salesmanship techniques that Mr. Foxword is using. This book is a great example of persuasive writing. Get this book will be glad you did!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This is a totally daffy book about a slightly shady salesman that you simply won't be able to resist! Or can you? Nov. 22 2009
By D. Fowler - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Al Foxword is a shifty, sly salesman that could sell you a used toothbrush and make you happy you bought it. Of course he was sporting his best mismatched plaid suit when he had his picture taken for the Salesman of the Month plaque at work. You do have to look good if you're planning on selling stuff. He had many great testimonials to his name, including one from Penguin who claimed, "Al's a genius! I'm finally cook thanks to the ICEBOX 200 he sold me!" He sold an umbrella to Fish and a dirt vacuum to Mole. Both were very satisfied customers, but Al has something special to sell to you. Because it is "your lucky day," he's going to sell you a book!

He won't sell you Sleeping Beauty because that one will "put you to sleep," nor will he try to sell you a math book because that one is NOT fun (not at all). He won't sell you a book about cooking broccoli because it will "leave a bad taste in your mouth." Naturally the dictionary is out for obvious reasons. Before he goes any further with his sales pitch, Al says he would like to compliment you on what you are wearing today. He's going to throw you a few pitches that will entice you to purchase a very special book. He'll make sure you buy the book in a specified number of minutes AND will throw in a special bonus. Al says "I know what you're thinking: `Al, this is just too good to be true!'" Do you know which book the master salesman, Mr. Al Foxwood, is trying to sell?

This is a totally daffy book about a slightly shady salesman that you simply won't be able to resist. Of course if you remember salesmen like Crazy Eddie from New York or have a few hard sell salespeople in your area you're going roll your eyes and chuckle just picturing them when you see Al in action. This book has every sales pitch I've ever heard from "I'll make you an offer you can't refuse" to "Buy now! Quantities are limited." You've come to the right place if you want to buy a book, but if you want lemonade you're out of luck!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Watt does it again. Aug. 24 2009
By V. Campbell - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I am a big scaredy squirrel fan! Of course I was hoping that she would write other scaredy squirrel book but this one is great too. It has the same humor but it reminds me of an infomercial.

VC, Children's Librarian, Portland, OR
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What a salesperson! Just BUY this book! Nov. 17 2009
By avid reader - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I chuckled when I first started reading. Then, I laughed out loud. Then, I read it to a group of second graders. I'm telling you, this guy could sell ice to a freezer and the freezer would think that it was getting a deal! Short read that gets across, in a funny way, principles of selling techniques and sales-speak. Too bad Billy Mays is dead. I can almost him barking out the text of this book! Pair this with Agee's book Nothing. Nothing
even kids recognize the tactics in this book Feb. 28 2014
By Susan Pratt - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My class laughed and groaned at some of the sales techniques used in this book. They could all relate when we go to the package deal (duct tape not included) and were able to recognize "persuasion" used to lure them in everyday. Now if I could only get them to use this persuasion in their writing.....