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Book or Bell?
Contributor(s): Barton, Chris, Spires, Ashley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1681197294     ISBN-13: 9781681197296
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: October 2017
Annotation: Engrossed in a book, Henry decides to ignore the school bell, which sets off a chain reaction.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Books and reading; Fiction.
Bells; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
- Juvenile Fiction | Books & Libraries
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017007101
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.10" H x 10.00" W x 0.35" (1.05 lbs) 32 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 October #1)

School bells keep things running smoothly, as any student or administrator knows, but a boy named Henry is tired of them interrupting his reading. When Henry refuses to leave his seat, the finely tuned machine of his school breaks down: because he isn't in the cafeteria line, "the food that would have gone on Henry's tray went—SPLOT!—onto the floor." And "with the best player missing from PE, lots of balls rolled out of the gym... and into the street." The mayor, governor, and a senator are called in, but their solution—louder and louder bells—only make things worse. Barton alludes to but doesn't entirely explore the ideas of appropriate reading times and the pitfalls of life ruled by the clock. His exaggerated descriptions of the klaxons are sure to get big laughs, though: one "blasted like a ton of air horns getting smashed by a freight train." Spires has as much fun drawing the chaos caused by the booming bells, which blow the ink off whiteboard and send clothes and backpacks flying. Ages 4–8. Author's agent: Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary. Illustrator's agent: Claire Easton, Painted Words. (Oct.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 September)

K-Gr 2—Finding the perfect book means everything to Henry, for once he has started reading, nothing will convince him to stop—"He decided to just stay put." No version of a louder bell, not even the "mega-giga-decibel monstrosity illegal in seventeen states" preferred by the state's Senator Brilliant can make him budge. Recommendations from his teacher, principal, mayor or governor are ignored, until his teacher discovers the call to his heart—a personal interest that builds and then surpasses his favorite book about bicycles. Digitalized watercolor and ink art follows the mayhem as a succession of illustrations highlights the chain-reaction effects of Henry's insistence on staying put. Fantastical machines designed to get his attention perfectly match the pacing of humorous text with the "bronkitybronkitybronkity…" of an increasingly louder bell. VERDICT Designed to appeal to any child dreaming of the perfect read and a bit of control over their surrounding environment, this offering features plenty of action with a satisfying ending. A suggested general purchase for all libraries.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

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