You’ll never guess
Where I have been
Or who I met
Or what I’ve seen.
Shall I tell you?
A pig and a striped-tail fox each begin with that refrain, leading the other one through an exciting revelation of the books they’ve just read. They become a part of the story they’re telling, just as one does when one falls in love with a book.
The illustrations convey how excited the pig and the fox are to share the stories. Each double-page spread is quite different in style, conveying how different the stories are, ranging from Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, Treasure Island, a comic book, a book about mermaids, and more. So many choices!
When both readers have shared, they agree to lend each other their books … because one of the greatest pleasures of reading is sharing the story with other readers.
The Big Book Adventure is a winsome introduction of summarizing a book (in words or in pictures) for young readers. It models sharing ideas about what you’ve just read in a way that interests others in reading the book. What a great way to kick off a book club meeting by starting with a reading of this book and chanting the refrain.
The front endpapers show book club membership cards (a craft idea!).
You’ll enjoy sharing this charming idea-sparking book with readers at the library, in your classroom, as well as in your home. And if it leads you to reading the classic books referred to, that’s a win-win.
The Big Book Adventure
written by Emily Ford
illustrated by Tim Warnes
Silver Dolphin Books, 2018