Saturday, April 29, 2017

Tool School by Joan Holub - NO

Holub, Joan Tool School, illustrated by James Dean.  PICTURE BOOK.  Scholastic, 2017.  $17.

Five little tools are off to school to improve their building skills.  The biggest lesson of the day is all about cooperation!

You would think that with big names like Holub and Dean (Pete the Cat) involved that this would be a no-brainer home run.  Uh, think again.  Pictue book or not, this book needed a few more pages to spread out the text-heavy narration and several of the rhymes were just clunky and would sound really weird if read out loud.  Dean’s illustrations and unnecessarily messy, which works great on Pete, but not on these tools.  Then there’s the typeface and spacing on the words – I couldn’t find anything telling me the typeface, but it was as bland as could be.  Hmmm – too bad.

NOT RECOMMENDED.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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