[Saturday Reads] Books That Engage Young Readers In Conversation

Myra here.

Every Saturday we hope to share with you our thoughts on reading and books. We thought that it would be good practice to reflect on our reading lives and our thoughts about reading in general. While on occasion, we would feature a few books in keeping with this, there would be a few posts where we will just write about our thoughts on read-alouds, libraries, reading journals, upcoming literary conferences, books that we are excited about, and just book love miscellany in general.

One of the reasons why we love books about books is how they engage young readers, seemingly in conversation, as they convince them to turn the pages, or let them know in no uncertain terms that this book will not be fun.


This Book Will Not Be Fun

Written by: Cirocco Dunlap Illustrated by: Olivier Tallec
Published by: Random House, 2017
ISBN: 0399550615 (ISBN13: 9780399550614)
Borrowed from the Jurong West Public Library. Book photos taken by me.

The book begins with the following lines that are very inviting.

This book will not be fun.

I’m just going to sit in silence

and wait for the book to be over.

Despite these clear injunctions, you can bet the young reader will continue turning the pages. It plays on the inherently subversive nature of kids who frequently say “No” – simply because. Mr. Mouse is evidently determined to be a boring, bespectacled creature who just wants to be left alone to read his own book. And so, despite the strange things happening around him, he decides to ignore them.

However, he is in for a rude awakening as creatures such as a Glow-in-the-Dark Kung Fu Worm among others, plunge him into darkness…

… and leads him right into a zero-gravity dance party.

Whether or not this book lives up to its ‘no-excitement’ rule, I shall leave for you to discover. As I was reading this book, I began to think about other titles that engage young readers, and here are a few that we have reviewed over the years. Click on the images to be taken to reviews of the books. Enjoy!

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