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Put Me in a Book! [Paperback]

Robert Munsch , Michael Martchenko
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Book Description

Feb. 1 2010
All the kids want to be in a book — but it might not be as much fun as they think!

On their way home from a field trip, the class meets a famous writer who says he is looking for a kid to put in a book. Hailey volunteers, so the writer flattens her out, folds her up, and stuffs her in. But Hailey feels folded and scrunched and trapped and stuck, and asks the kids to get her out of the book. They try all kinds of things, but nothing works, until finally they have an idea &mdassh; and turn the tables on the famous writer!

Put Me in a Book! was inspired by a project that a grade two classroom in North Bay created and mailed to Robert Munsch — now they really ARE in a book!

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Quill & Quire

It’s fairly well known that iconic children’s author Robert Munsch uses real kids and the stories they tell him as inspirations for the characters and situations in his work. His latest effort is no different, though the means by which the children who appear in this story got there is interesting.

After writing to Munsch, a Grade 2 class in North Bay, Ontario, received a letter in return with a story about a girl who gets “put into a book” – literally. The class then created their own illustrated version, acting out the story and taking pictures of themselves, and sent a copy to Munsch. He was so impressed by their effort, he decided to publish the story with the class as the characters.

The story itself is classic Munsch, in the best possible way, though it lacks some of the whimsy and repetitive rhythms of many of his earlier tales. When Hailey and her class encounter a writer on a park bench, she asks to be put into the book he is working on. The writer obliges, folding her up and stuffing her into the pages. It’s up to Hailey’s classmates to figure out how to rescue her, which they do through trial and error.

Munsch’s onomatopoeic writing jumps off the page, while frequent collaborator Michael Martchenko’s watercolour illustrations imbue each page with a riot of visual stimulation that is sure to keep even non-readers mesmerized. Clever use of different typographic styles for key words adds visual interest and provides cues for adults reading aloud to make their delivery as Munschian as possible.

Though it is unlikely to attain the level of popularity of Love You Forever or Mortimer, this latest creation is an entertaining romp, and a welcome addition to the Munsch/Martchenko canon.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"...classic Munsch, in the best possible way..." — Quill & Quire --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Put Me in a Book April 12 2010
Wouldn't it be cool to be the character in a book? Just imagine it. All your friends and family would be so proud. Your teachers would probably even ask the librarian to put a copy of the book in the school library where everyone could see it. It would be great? Wouldn't it?

Well that's what Hailey thought too. That is, until it happened. Everything started off pretty good. Right up until Hailey found out that she'd literally be in the book! All that bending and squishing kind of hurt. Plus, she really wanted to get out and play with her friends.

It was at that point that Hailey and the rest of Mrs. O'Dell's class realize that Hailey was actually stuck in the book. No amount of pulling seemed to help. Was Hailey going to have to stay in the book forever?

I fun story. A little shorter on text than some of Munsch's other works. However, that worked in my favor as I could enjoy the book with younger kids with a slightly shorter attention span.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A weird book with a terrible ending Feb. 28 2012
An aweful book that I regretted reading to my daughter! I wonder what kind of sick mind wrote such a child book! The book is about a girl being physically put in a book by the writer. Her friends tried to rescue her and eventually succeeded. So far the story was just a bit odd and silly, not terrible. But this was not the end. The book took a disturbing turn that the rescued girl put the writer in the book forever as vengeance! Hello! I'm trying to teach my daughter to be loving and kind, and this book just set an example of hatred and mean. Don't buy it, it's not just the waste of money, but the negative things that may affect your kids.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dark, Disturbing Children's Book Aug. 21 2011
By cat
What a disturbing book! I can't believe that it was even made!

Hailey thinks it would be cool to be a character in an author's new book. But then he literally puts her in the book and she can't get out.
Her friends try various ways to extract her and she cries out in pain.

Finally she gets out and has her revenge on the author by sticking him in his own book... forever.
The end of the story shows the author stuck in the book begging to get out.

Pain, revenge and a terrifying ending are not what I expect to find in books for children at this age.

Munsch's books are really hit and miss. This one deserves a big miss. My daughter did not like this book and I didn't either!
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5.0 out of 5 stars robert munsch never fails to entertain! Feb. 27 2010
By F. Lee
robert munsch never fails to entertain! my children loved his books over 20 years ago and my grandchildren are enjoying those same books now.plus all the new ones coming out like his latest 'put me in a book!'its another winner!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth adding to your collection Dec 20 2011
Another interesting Robert Munsch offering. As usual, the illustrations of Michael Martchenko are comical and go well with the story.
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