Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Michael Emberley
Miss Brooks is a librarian who loves books. She tries to share her enthusiasm for books with the children, but Missy is having none of it. Then comes Book Week! And Missy is asked to wear a costume and tell the class why she loves her favorite book. Missy is certain that she will never fall in love with a book, but Miss Brooks remains sure that she will. Book Week arrives and Missy has yet to find a book she likes. They are either too flowery, too yippity, or too furry. Miss Brooks sends more and more books home with her but she complains about them all. Her mother tells her she is as stubborn as a wart. Wart? And Missy is off to find a book about warts where she finds and falls for Shrek!
Yes, this book does my librarian heart good, but it is also told with a great sense of humor. Missy while dismissive and grumpy is also written with just the right tone. Readers will wonder if there really is a book for this kid! The book reads aloud well, and I can see librarians using it and then asking for a chance to find each kid the right book for them. What a great way to sell our services!
Emberley’s art is a hoot. I adored all of the costumes of Miss Brooks as she tries to get kids excited about books. I particularly love the way that Missy is depicted with her overalls, woolly hat and glasses. She is purely an individual and it shows.
Recommended for any librarian to read and glow about, this book is also just right for kids who don’t think books are cool. They just might love this one! Appropriate for ages 4-7.
Reviewed from library copy.