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The Rights of the Reader Paperback – Oct 2 2006
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A refreshing and inspirational book that should never go out of print. * National Literacy Trust * A wonderfully economical and witty exploration of why we read and why we don't. -- Josh Lacey * The Guardian *
About the Author
Daniel Pennac is one of the most translated authors in France, with books including Dog and Eye of the Wolf appearing in more than thirty languages worldwide. Sarah Adams is an award-winning translator, winning the Marsh Award for Translation in 2005 for Eye of the Wolf.Quentin Blake is one of the best known children's author/illustrators, illustrating books by Roald Dahl, John Yeoman and Michael Rosen.
Top customer reviews
He relates many stories from his own time spent growing up and teaching. He believes in the power of the story. He thinks that when children are asked to answer comprehension questions when learning to read, all their love of reading disappears.
I really think he is on to something here. I teach fifth grade and read aloud all the time. Since the No Child Left Behind act has become law, I haven't had as much time to read aloud as I did before. I have so many standards to teach and especially in California where they are so high, that reading aloud time has been drastically cut. I loved this book because it validated what I believe.
He also wrote ten rights of the reader:
1. The right to read. I liked this right because even though I am a reader there are times when I don't read because life has gotten to me. I remember a real sparse time after the birth of both of my kids. I didn't crack a book for about nine months.
2. The right to skip.
3. The right not to finish a book. This hit home with me, too. I always felt guilty when I didn't finish a book for a book club, but I have the right not to finish a book whenever I don't like it.
4. The right to read it again - Harry Potter, here I come!
5. The right to read anything.
6. The right to mistake a book for real life.
7. The right to read anywhere. This applies to me since I have read many times in Disneyland - and I have pictures to prove it.
8. The right to dip in.
9. The right to read out loud.
10. The right to be quiet and not discuss the book with anyone.
I enjoyed THE RIGHTS OF THE READER a lot and recommend it to all who are readers or who work with children.
Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
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Quentin Blake's drawings are rendered in black on light cream pages in the Candlewick Press edition; they lose in the translation from the Walker Books colorful illustrations. Blake and Pennac (and translator Adams) are a good team.
Parents, teachers, and all who work with, live with, or have any contact with children should read the book. So should people who just want to dip in, to see if they like reading, read this book.
It doesn't get much better than this.