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Put Me in a Book! Paperback – Feb 1 2010
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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.See all Product Description
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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!
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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A good book. Not one of his best, but it was great for my little niece.Published 16 months ago by etrnlflame
Another interesting Robert Munsch offering. As usual, the illustrations of Michael Martchenko are comical and go well with the story.Published on Dec 20 2011 by Blair Kelsie