Discussion Forums - Children's Books

Topic: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? By Lauren Child

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? By Lauren Child
Date Posted: 7/12/2007 9:36 AM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2006
Posts: 1,930
Back To Top

My youngest daughter (age 6) checked this out of the library and we read and laughed our way through it twice last night. Very humorous story about a boy who falls asleep and falls into his book only to discover that he is not welcome after all the mayhem he caused after defacing the book. Excellent use of different font sizes, fold out pages, and cutouts.

 

Here is a review:

 

When Herb falls asleep with his head on top of a dusty book of fairy tales, he finds himself stuck inside the volume with no quick way out. Chased by a raging Goldilocks, who is upset that he landed in her story, the boy journeys through a parade of fairy tales and finally gets caught in the middle of "Cinderella." All of his past mishandling of the book comes back to haunt him-Cinderella's kitchen is sticky with cookie crumbs, the Queen does not appreciate the mustache Herb has drawn on her face, and Prince Charming has been missing since he was cut out of the book and used as a birthday-card decoration. Child's wildly expressive collages include boldly patterned backgrounds, cartoon characters, and photographs in unexpected places. The text (and font) grows and shrinks and winds jaggedly through the story, and turns upside down on several pages. This fast-paced creative tale has some really funny moments.

Date Posted: 7/18/2007 3:12 AM ET
Member Since: 2/21/2006
Posts: 457
Back To Top

Oh, I think I need to look for this at our library!  It sounds hilarious!  Thanks for telling us about it.

Date Posted: 7/19/2007 10:25 AM ET
Member Since: 10/12/2005
Posts: 143
Back To Top

Sounds GREAT, I just requested it from our inter-library loan system and I'm #1 in line :D YAY!

Thanks for the review!!

Date Posted: 8/3/2007 1:31 PM ET
Member Since: 2/21/2006
Posts: 457
Back To Top

Too, too funny!  The kids and I checked it out this week, and laughed ourselves silly!  Grandma (my mom) was over at our house, and she got a kick out of it, too!

Thanks so much for alerting us to this fabulous book, Sheila!

~Jori

Date Posted: 8/4/2007 10:41 PM ET
Member Since: 10/12/2005
Posts: 143
Back To Top

A big thanks from us too, we just got it from the library this week also and everyone enjoyed it SO much!!

Date Posted: 8/6/2007 11:15 AM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2006
Posts: 1,930
Back To Top

I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as we did :-)