The Resource A book, by Mordicai Gerstein

A book, by Mordicai Gerstein

Label
A book
Title
A book
Statement of responsibility
by Mordicai Gerstein
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Once in a book by Mordecai Gerstein ... there lived a family of characters." This is the tale of one little girl's search for her own story
Tone
Character
Illustration
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2010
  • Amelia Bloomer List, 2010
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Gr 2–4— If you live inside a book, then a reader can follow your every word and deed—"EEK!"—as the heroine in this multilayered fantasy soon discovers. Every one of her family members, including the pets, has a story: dad is a clown, mom a firefighter, brother an astronaut. The goldfish seeks the sea while the dog is off to investigate odors. Only the girl is without a story, and she proceeds to travel through fairy tales, mysteries, adventure yarns, and historical novels in search of one. Each person and creature she encounters offers the pigtailed child in striped socks a story, but none suits her until she comes up with one of her very own. Humorous dialogue appears in parallelogram-shaped boxes. Aerial views dominate as different guides, one a Sherlock Holmes look-alike, lead the girl on her search. While young children may have difficulty following the many twists of this story, they will certainly enjoy some of the jokes and the humorous illustrations. They may also challenge themselves to identify some of the fairy tales and stories in which the girl becomes involved. And the starring role given to writing will appeal to their teachers.—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT --Marianne Saccardi (Reviewed May 1, 2009) (School Library Journal, vol 55, issue 5, p78)
  • Living in a book is a bummer if you’re the only character in the family who doesn’t have a story. That’s the problem facing Caldecott Medalist Gerstein’s (The Man Who Walked Between the Towers ) pigtailed protagonist—even her family’s pets have stories (“It’s the story of a dog who seeks interesting odors,” says the dachshund. “Goodbye. I’m off to sniff!”). The girl never does find a story she can drop into, but in the funny, freewheeling pages that follow, she discovers what a reader is (“EEEEK!” she exclaims, as she looks up and spots you-know-who peering down at her) and how the universe is filled with story possibilities, from historical fiction to Alice in Wonderland . Gerstein is playing at meta-fiction at a higher level than most authors do for this target group, and it’s possible that younger audiences will be beguiled by the spunky heroine and the comics-style dialogue balloons and mystified by everything else. (Why do the family members have individual stories instead of one collective story?) Aspiring writers may be the most receptive: they’ll see their own creative ambitions mirrored in the girl’s wily willingness to find her narrative voice. Ages 4–8. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed January 26, 2009) (Publishers Weekly, vol 256, issue 4, p118)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
306899
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Gerstein, Mordicai
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.G325
LC item number
Bo 2009
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 2
  • 4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Children's literature
  • Plots (Drama, novel, etc.)
  • Characters and characteristics in literature
  • Children
  • Authorship
  • Children's literature
  • Characters in literature
Target audience
juvenile
Label
A book, by Mordicai Gerstein
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Title from cover
Dimensions
26 x 27 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781596432512
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o259266794
  • (OCoLC)259266794
Label
A book, by Mordicai Gerstein
Publication
Note
Title from cover
Dimensions
26 x 27 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781596432512
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o259266794
  • (OCoLC)259266794

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