Wednesday, October 24, 2018

The Library Book by Tom Chapin & Michael Mark

- What Do You Do On A Rainy Morning? -

The text for this book was originally published in 1989 as a song, “The Library Song.” In 2017 it became a book showing a young African-American with cute hair and huge round glasses going to the library on a rainy Saturday morning.

The story/song should be fun for many readers since the characters, such as Pinocchio, Madeline, Winnie-the-Pooh, and more seem to pop from the books and join our young reader. The librarian is dressed in a skirt, jacket, matching heels and a ribbon tied around her neck. Behind her desk appears to be a card catalog and she is stamping what looks like due dates in each book. I am assuming she is being stereotyped, even to the point of shushing the girl, in order to be funny. When the librarian starts singing, the girl says, “Shhh!.”

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: I was confused over the need to stereotype the librarian and with the library being an older setting. Most kids wouldn't have a clue how libraries used to function so this humor would be lost on them. Why not a new setting?

What I Liked Most:  The book is a good introduction to the library and how much fun books can be.

Authors: Tom Chapin and Michael Mark
Illustrator: Chuck Groenink
Published by: Atheneum Books For Young Readers, 2017

  • Approx Words: 406
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Pages: 40
Illustrations: The illustrations are digital and pencil.

The Library Song / Tom Chapin and Moonboat

For Soft, Cute, Huggable Friends

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