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Author: Mordicai Gerstein

Illustrator: Mordicai Gerstein

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Publisher: Roaring Brook Press,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This is the story of a girl in a book who does not know what her story is. Her father is in the book to show how a clown lives. Her mother says her book is about being a woman firefighter. Even her brother has a story: he is going to be an astronaut when he grows up. The little girl starts searching for her story. During her search she talks to the reader and walks through pages of famous stories like Alice in Wonderland and a Pirate story. In the end she writes her own story to live in. This is a picture book that you can enjoy as a story or look for other stories.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, independent reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 2.3

Age of Child: Read with and by a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book because the cover has a little girl running away from a bunch of characters and the little girl is looking up at the reader. My daughter wanted to find out what was happening. She laughed, she pointed things out, and she even talked back to the little girl. She loved this book so much we had to promise to go out and buy it for her for her next birthday!

Adult Reader Reaction: I really enjoyed the book and made my friends and family read it. I liked that the characters seem to be real people and the story is fun. I did not realize she would like it so much. She actually read it before me and could not stop talking about how fun it was and made me sit down right away and read it

Pros: This is a fun, imaginative, creative story that everyone can enjoy. You can share the story just for fun or search for other characters, stories, and meanings.

Cons: Absolutely none.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. All families with children should own this and all libraries must! I would buy this book for anyone and plan to buy it myself!


Educational Themes: This is an easy book to bring to life. You can talk about using your imagination and writing your own story. You can talk about the things you like or don't like that you'd put in your story. The author also suggests other stories/books without naming them ... can you pick them out?

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. S/He borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family

Date(s) Reviewed: July 2009

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