Reviews for Can I Bring Woolly to the Library, Ms. Reeder?

Booklist Reviews 2012 February #1
A young boy tries to convince librarian Ms. Reeder that bringing his pal, Woolly the mammoth, to the public library would be rewarding for all. For example, Woolly could get a library card (and get handwriting help from a volunteer); return the books to the shelves (he knows his numbers and ABCs); even tow the bookmobile if it's stuck in snow. Potential issues can be easily addressed--for instance, if Woolly's footsteps are too loud, supersize slippers will do the trick. It seems as though the boy has considered everything, but will it persuade Ms. Reeder? The boy's peppy, if somewhat lengthy narrative--directed towards Ms. Reeder and incorporating a refrained, persistent plea ("Can I? PLEASE?!")--is a fun read with a humorous concluding twist. Colorful, animated illustrations depict expressive, enthusiastic Woolly in both described and imagined scenarios. Library-familiar kids especially will enjoy the amusing premise and portrayals of recognizable experiences and activities, from storytimes to computer use (mammoth excluded, of course). Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
A boy proposes bringing his woolly mammoth to the library, where the animal might cause some trouble but might also prove to be helpful. Accompanied by busy, detailed art, the silly but purposeful story introduces children to library terms such as literacy services and to be shelved carts.

Kirkus Reviews 2011 December #1
As an introduction to the library, the book's plot runs long and sometimes misses the intended audience. In this loose companion to Can I Bring My Pterodactyl to School, Ms. Johnson? (2006), a child begs to bring his friend Woolly (mammoth) into the library. His refrain: "Can I bring Woolly to the library, Ms. Reeder? Can I? PLEASE?!" Unfortunately, Ms. Reeder never has an opportunity to respond or encourage the child to use the word "may." Instead, the boy lists the things Woolly might do in the library, from practicing his letters to getting a library card and participating in Story Hour. Imaginative scenarios depicting Woolly learning that he may not bellow in the library or thump around do not mask the didactic text. At least one comment--"being read to will help Woolly with his reading, too"--is clearly aimed at adults. Animated spreads illustrating Woolly tackling library tasks will tickle youngsters, but, in a questionable scene they will not understand, Woolly shakes down a patron for fines. Readers will sigh with relief when the boy announces that Woolly will not be visiting the library after all, only to turn the page to hear the child ask, "Can I bring Saber to the library, Ms. Reeder? Can I? PLEASE?!" For a more child-friendly romp through the library, try No T. Rex in the Library by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by Sachiko Yoshikawa (2010). (Picture book. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 March

Gr 1-2--In the tradition of Grambling's earlier books, the young narrator of this persuasive text finds logic in every possible reason to achieve his objective. If only every library had a woolly mammoth. He would learn how to write and apply for a library card, learn not to thump or bellow (it's against the rules), shelve books on the topmost shelf, help check out books, and perhaps provide a soft spot to read for the youngest visitors. At the storybook costume party, he would also make a great "Little Red Woolly Hood," complete with enormous red cape and a basket with checkered napkin. A succession of illustrations captures an old-fashioned small-town library, the enormity of a sensitive cartoon mammoth, and the humor of the ridiculous in each watercolor painting. Text in bold emphasizes the narrator's insistent voice to the final page, as readers are invited to imagine the possibilities of yet another unusual addition to the library staff. For lovers of woolly mammoths and impossibly fantastic "whoppers," and readers in all libraries, this is a welcome purchase.--Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX

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