Can I Bring Woolly to the Library, Ms. Reeder?
Product Code: 92827
Binding Information: Paperback
Ages: 5 - 8
Availability: In stock
Once upon a time there was a boy who presented a well-thought out proposal for his teacher, Ms. Johnson, convincing her that bringing a pterodactyl to school would be a good idea. The boy is back, and this time he has several reasons why bringing a woolly mammoth to the library would be advantageous to the librarian, Ms. Reeder, and the library’s patrons.
For instance, Woolly could help with the shelving. If that didn’t work out because he has a tendency to knock over the stacks, he could join the kids in the reading corner and let them read aloud to him to improve their reading skills (and his!). His particular contributions are countless.
This hilarious story is full of fun illustrations of the crazy antics at Woolly’s hometown library. Readers will not only have a good time with Woolly, they’ll learn a few things about the library, such as how to acquire a library card, how to behave (no stomping or bellowing), and how important a library is to its community.
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Booklist - February 1, 2012A young boy tries to convince librarian Ms. Reeder that bringing his pal, Woolly the mammoth, to the public library would be rewarding for all. For example, Woolly could get a library card (and get handwriting help from a volunteer); return the books to the shelves (he knows his numbers and ABCs); even tow the bookmobile if it's stuck in snow. Potential issues can be easily addressed--for instance, if Woolly's footsteps are too loud, supersize slippers will do the trick. It seems as though the boy has considered everything, but will it persuade Ms. Reeder? The boy's peppy, if somewhat lengthy narrative--directed toward Ms. Reeder and incorporating a refrained, persistent plea ("Can I? PLEASE?!")--is a fun read with a humorous concluding twist. Colorful, animated illustrations depict expressive, enthusiastic Woolly in both described and imagined scenarios. Library-familiar kids especially will enjoy the amusing premise and portrayals of recognizable experiences and activities, from storytimes to computer use (mammoth excluded, of course).
School Library Journal - March 1, 2012In the tradition of Grambling's earlier books, the young narrator of this persuasive text finds logic in every possible reason to achieve his objective. If only every library had a woolly mammoth. He would learn how to write and apply for a library card, learn not to thump or bellow (it's against the rules), shelve books on the topmost shelf, help check out books, and perhaps provide a soft spot to read for the youngest visitors. At the storybook costume party, he would also make a great "Little Red Woolly Hood," complete with enormous red cape and a basket with checkered napkin. A succession of illustrations captures an old-fashioned small-town library, the enormity of a sensitive cartoon mammoth, and the humor of the ridiculous in each watercolor painting. Text in bold emphasizes the narrator's insistent voice to the final page, as readers are invited to imagine the possibilities of yet another unusual addition to the library staff. For lovers of woolly mammoths and impossibly fantastic "whoppers," and readers in all libraries, this is a welcome purchase.
Library Media Connection - November 15, 2012The attractive and inviting cover pulls children into the story where a small boy asks the librarian if he can bring a huge mammoth to the library. He goes over a laundry list of things that Woolly might be able to do, such as shelving books on tall shelves. Even though Woolly knows all the library rules, he gets into some trouble. He really likes story hour but stories about the North Pole make him homesick. However, his friend Saber might take his place. Librarians will enjoy having this title in their collections as a good "What if…" book. Different animals could be used to discuss library rules and the problems that they might have in keeping them. Judy Love's colorful and expressive illustrations will appeal to young readers.