Thursday, January 2, 2020

2. The Favorite Book

The Favorite Book. Bethanie Deeney Murguia. 2019. 32 pages. [Source: Library] [Picture book]

First sentence: How do you choose a favorite, a best?

Premise/plot: Don’t let the title confuse you. This book is not about having a favorite book. I repeat it is not about books or reading. It is an abstract concept book about having favorites. It encourages readers—potentially of all ages—to think about the subconscious process of having favorites, of choosing or preferring this to that. Why do you love what you love? How does something become your favorite? Is there a science to it? It is both simple, kid-friendly and complex. The text is simple enough in its rhyming that readers can enjoy it and interact with the book—the illustrations and text. But it can also be read at a much deeper level.

My thoughts: I definitely have favorites. Favorite authors. Favorite illustrators. Favorite subjects. Favorite genres. Favorite hobbies. Not to mention more obvious favorites—favorite foods, favorite drinks, favorite people. I have never really thought much about how or why. I am not sure that it’s necessary to do so...but it can be fun.

I really enjoyed the text. It was great that it works on multiple levels. I thought it was fun and playful.

I definitely enjoyed the illustrations too.


© 2020 Becky Laney of Young Readers

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