Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Funeral by Matt James - OPTIONAL

James, Matt The Funeral.  PICTURE BOOK. Groundwood Books, 2018.  $19.  978 1554989089.

Norma is a little happy because today she doesn’t have to go to school.  Instead she is going to her Uncle Frank’s funeral.. She knows she’ll see her cousin Ray there, but she’s not sure what else will happen.

Matt James is able to climb into the heads of every young person who has ever gone to a funeral.  He brings the experience to life without being flippant or irreverent, just honest.  I’m not really sure what to do with this book, however – who would want to read it before you take a child to their first funeral?  Would you read this outloud to a class?  Probably not.  I did like it as much as I liked The Dead Bird by Margaret Wise Brown, but it seems like a book that needs to be discovered, not presented.

EL (K-3), EL – OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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