Have I Got a Book for You! Hardcover – Aug 1 2009
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Quill & Quire
The title of Mélanie Watt’s newest picture book pretty much says it all. Have I Got a Book for You! is a self-reflexive and broadly comic parody of self-promotion that invites its young readers to become critical consumers of advertising. Mr. Al Foxword, salesrat, makes a hyped-up pitch for the very book in our hands. Al’s previous customers include a mole (buyer of the Deluxe Dirt Vacuum), a fish (happy purchaser of an umbrella), and a penguin (proud of his latest acquisition, a fridge). Watt lays out Al’s pitch with characteristically zesty design and exaggerated, colourful cartoon images, playing off the stereotype of the sleazy salesman with plaid jacket, bow tie, and toupée. Throughout, she sends up advertising claims and sales pressure. (“Buy now! Quantities are limited!” “What’s better than this book? TWO books!!!”) In the small print on the back page, Watt thanks her editor “for buying into all my ideas, especially this cheesy one,” leaving the reader laughing, or perhaps feeling like an idiot for having forked over $17.95. This reviewer is definitely in the former category.
... a self-reflexive and broadly comic parody of self-promotion that invites its young readers to become critical consumers of advertising.―Quill and Quire
Jokes and interactive fun are the point here ... Give this to Mo Willems' legions of Pigeon fans.―Booklist
Foxword's clever sales techniques make this book funny to the hilt.―School Library Journal
Driven by a particularly artful use of page turns, this makes compelling reading. Have your credit card ready.―Kirkus Reviews
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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 today...you will be glad you did!