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Have I Got a Book for You! Hardcover – Aug 1 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (Aug. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554532892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554532896
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Cheesy Salesman Oct. 23 2016
By Shelley S. - Published on
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I love this book, it's so cute and very unique. I love how cheesy and stereotypical the salesman is. He will do anything to try and sell you his book. This book is great for teaching kids to be smart consumers and not to give in to advertising and it does all in a very playful, fun way.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 18 2014
By John - Published on
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For grandson's school
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a salesperson! Just BUY this book! Nov. 17 2009
By avid reader - Published on
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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
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rip off Dec 6 2015
By fiftyone50 - Published on
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Short. Boring. Expensive.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 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!