Friday, April 10, 2015

PPBF: Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book

Today's Perfect Picture Book Friday pick

The Best-Ever Bookworm Book,
by Alice Kuipers and
Bethanie Deeney Morguia
Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book
Written by Alice Kuipers
Illustrated by Bethanie Deeney Morguia
Little Brown Kids, 2014
ages 4-9

Themes:
siblings, creativity, writing

Opening:
"I'm Violet Small and I'm six minutes older than my twin brother. I love writing and I'm a great speller. I want to write the best-ever book in the whole entire world."

Synopsis:
Violet wants to write a story, but she needs the help of her twin brother, Victor. Victor would rather tend to his bucket of worms. Violet finally convinces her twin to make some suggestions. Unfortunately, ever time Victor tells part of the story, Violet hates the idea, changes it complete.y, and goes off on a writing tangent. In the end, they produce a book they both can love and share.

What I Love:
I loved the brother and sister characters with their individual personalities and voices. I am not always fond of narration from two perspectives, but Alice Kuipers did an amazing job in this book. I think it will be fun to reread and that it will spark readers' interest in writing their own stories, making art, and following their passions. And as always, I am pleased to find a picture book with siblings who can get along despite their differences. The eclectic collage art lends to the creative spirit of the book. I think this book will inspire readers to use their own unique creativity, whether in writing stories, making pictures, or digging in the dirt!

Bonus:
Courtesy Ashley Hackshaw
1. Make a bookworm bookmark like this one from Family Crafts.
2. Decorate your own writing journal like these from LilBlueBoo.
3. Here are a year's worth of story prompts for young writers on Hub Pages. Have students take turns writing a section of a story, alternating between scenes.
4. Cultivate a worm farm. Then donate the improved soil to a community garden or other non-profit.
5. Check out these and other Perfect Picture Books at your local library.


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Have you reviewed a Perfect Picture Book along this theme? Please leave the link in the comments below. Thanks!

Check out all the recommended titles for Perfect Picture Book Friday
for April 8, 2015 available on Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.

16 comments:

  1. We'll look for this one. Thanks for the recommendations!

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    1. Wow! You're up early! Thanks for being a subscriber.

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  2. I bet I'd like this. My brother and I used to write together, when we weren't knocking each other's blocks off! And I am a big fan of Superworm!

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    1. Cool! I hope you saved some of those old creations for school visits!

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  3. This sounds like a great story about how two very different siblings (twins) find a way to compliment each other. I'm curious how the story ends. I really enjoyed your "story prompt" suggestion. Didn't realize there are sites like that for children.

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    1. To be honest, the ending is a bit mild and a tad predictable, but the book was so much fun, I let it slide. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I need a mentor text that shows a brother and sister "working together." Thanks for sharing.

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    1. This one is very unusual, I don't know if it will work for your story, but I hope it does! Thanks.

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  5. Since we can't pick our siblings, it's always good to read books about how to get along with them! This is one for my to-find list. :)

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    1. LOL No, we certainly can't pick our family. But guys, if you're reading this, I wouldn't trade you for the world!

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  6. This looks cute - both the worms and the books and the idea of combining them. You had me at the title: bookworm.

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    1. Me too, Sue! I loved Victor and his tub of worms! Let me know what you think.

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  7. I'm with Sue above. You had me with the fitle. This sounds like a great book. I love picture books about writing. And for two siblings to do it who are very different sounds like conflict built in. :)

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    1. I think the author made a fun choice when she decided to have dual narrators: unusual and filled with tension. Thanks!

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  8. This looks sweet and fun :) Thanks for the recommendation for sure!

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    1. Add it to the pile! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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