Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Please Bury Me in the Library

Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Please Bury Me in the Library

Please bury me in the library jpgTitle: Please Bury Me in the Library

Author/Illustrator://J.Patrick Lewis/ Kyle M. Stone

Published by:  Hartcourt books.  2005, fiction, Poems

Age appropriate for: eight through eleven./ grades three through five.

Resources: There were no best teacher guides or resources that I could find but one idea I  had was discussing the idea with kids of how one gets ”buried” in a good book in the library.

Themes: Humor, Poetry, Libraries, books

What the Jacket says: There’s nothing like curling up with a good book, but you have to be careful. The perfect phrase can pull you in, and before you know it a minute turns into an hour, and hour turns into a day, and a day may turn into…eternity.

With a tip of the hat to Edward Lear, X.J. Kennedy, and Lewis Carroll, renowned poet J. Patrick Lewis whips up a concoction that is both ghoulish and giddy. New comer Kyle M. Stone provides warm, funny illustrations that make this the perfect treat for any book lover.

Climb into a comfy chair with this kid-friendly homage to reading—and bring plenty of provisions.

First Three Sentences: What if books Had Different Names?

What if books had different names?

Like Alice in…Underland?

Furious George,

Goodnight Noon,

Babar the Beaver, and

A Visit From Saint Tickle Us, or

Winnie-the –Pooh Pooh Poohs,

Why I loved it: It is a little different from the usual picture books I get. And totally different from any picture book I have read up till now. It is a hilarious poem book making fun of all the classics and twisting them into funny themes and plots. As you can see from the title list above it is a spoof on classics. A Parody. It had me smiling and laughing. A third grader would get the most out of this I think having been introduced to the usual poems and books by then. And any adult with even a high school reading level would end up laughing hysterically like I did.

And here are my gifts for my writer friends:

Twenty, no ten, things to think about when writing.

And for ALL m y Friends! Believe in yourself:

I’m trying to do things differently by offering my gifts at the end of PPBF posts. After all the reason I am writing is because of Perfect Picture Book Friday and that should take priority. Hope to see all of you here on Tuesday.

Please join other bloggers in Perfect Picture Book Friday over at Susanna Leonard Hill’s site to see other fun books.

For more links to Perfect Picture Books, a collection of bloggers who contribute at Susanna Leonard Hill’s site, click here.

Tell me what You think. Do you like this new format of offering my gifts later on in the post?

And what do you think of this book? Do you think you would want to read it? Why or why not?

See you Tuesday! X0xoxo

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About ClaraBowmanJahn

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29 Responses to Perfect Picture Book Friday/ Please Bury Me in the Library

  1. Catherine Johnson says:

    This sounds magical, Clar. What a great find. Of course JPL is behind such a book. And yes your links go nicely later on. Happy Friday!


  2. What a hysterical book, Clar! I need to check this one out. And yes, I love your gifts. . .thanks for sharing these links with us, regardless of where they are in the text.


    • clarbojahn says:

      🙂 Thanks, Jarm, I really wondered if it was pertinent and where to put them. Seems like the reason for the post should come first. Glad you like them.

      You would love this book, Jarm.


  3. Great to see picture books for older readers! I often miss books like these that aren’t shelved with the picture storybooks (at least at my library!)


    • clarbojahn says:

      Do you have a place in your library for juvenile picture books that you don’t know about? check it out ok? Because there are two places for picture books in mine. One for the younger set and one for the older. 🙂


  4. Thanks. I may have to have this title put in my will. It sounds like a great book. Since you liked it, you MUST read Face Bugs, also by J. Patrick Lewis. Of course, you may find all the buggy-ness just as creepy as the rather macabre rhymes in Please Bury Me.


  5. Beverly says:

    Hahahaha the parodied titles sound hilarious! Thank you!


  6. Love the opening! Gotta read this one!


  7. Yes! I would like to read it in a big comfy chair with a reading buddy by my side. The Mom Person sometimes says that when I die she will freeze dry me and put me on a shelf in the library.


    • clarbojahn says:

      Ha! good imagery for the Ma person. I would like to have a version of you as well. However I don’t need it to curl up in my chair and read. You will love this book, however. you read it. 🙂


  8. Margot Finke says:

    Bury Me in the Library sure has some neat twists on the usual PB for kids. I do hope the title doesn’t make some parents nervous. Added to my Book Reviews (kids to YA) on Pinterest.

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  9. Kids want humor, and this certainly fits the bill! What a refreshing concept for a book. Love it!


  10. Joanna says:

    I could see older elementary kids absolutely loving this, Clar. great find!


  11. Darlene says:

    What fun, for all ages.




  13. Clever title, had me hooked. Great review, now I want to know more… Thanks, Clar!


  14. Judith says:

    Clara thank you for another great resource. It’s appreciated. I am enjoying this aspect of your blog…


    • clarbojahn says:

      Hi Judith,

      Thanks so much for reading and participating in commenting. And letting me know what you like. I also love being part of Susanna’s blog hop on PPBF. It makes me so happy being part of a community of people who do the same thing. It is so rewarding. 🙂


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