We love Amy Hest books. We read a lot of them before, so when I was asked to review her new book The Reader, I jumped at the opportunity. Since my six year old daughter is a very fluent reader, I wanted to share the book with her more like a discovery rather than a read-aloud, so I kept asking her questions as we were going through the pages of the book:
- Me (Holding the book): What do you think the book will be about?
- Anna: The reader, of course.
- Me: Who do you think is a reader?
- Anna: This child in the picture.
- Me: But he is outside with his dog.
- Anna: He is holding a suitcase. There must be a book in this suitcase.
- Later in the book…
- Me: What do you think about the pictures?
- Anna: They are beautiful. Did the person who wrote a book also drew pictures?
- Me: Let’s look at the cover. Lauren Castillo drew the pictures. She is an illustrator.
- Anna: I’d rather do both for my books. But I cannot draw as well as she does.
- In the end of the book:
- Me: How if the boy in the book like you?
- Anna: Well, he likes to read. But he has a dog, and he lives in a place with a lot of snow and no people. I really want to see snow this year.
- Me: What was a problem in the story?
- Anna: Mama! This is the story without a problem! It’s almost like a science book, and I haven’t even noticed it.
- Me: Would you recommend this book to A? (her best friend who is also 6)
- Anna: Umm… This book is kind of “babyish”. A likes real books like The Magic Tree House. But I would recommend it to B! (A’s sister who is 4).
In summary, The Reader is a beautiful picture book that will delight young readers. It could be a perfect “season starter” book as the world turns into “winter wonderland” in many parts of the country. I want to thank Amazon Children's Publishing for providing me a free copy for this review.