Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Reader review

The ReaderIn this timeless picture book, a new reader trudges through deep snow with a mysterious suitcase in tow. He has something important to share with his faithful companion, who bolts ahead to wait at the top of a tall hill. Our small hero climbs higher and higher, until finally, he is there, too. Then he opens his suitcase ? click, click ? and soon the only sound in the world is the sound of him reading their very favorite book to the very last page?the very last word. (goodreads summary)

One snowy day, a boy and his dog are determined to reach the top of a very tall hill. He has his red sled, warm drinks, a crunchy snack and something very special waiting inside his suitcase for the two to share. When he makes it to the top, they play in the snow making snowballs, angels and a snow dog. The time finally arrives for him to open the case and inside is the best book waiting to read out loud to his faithful furry friend!

A nice story about a boy and his dog spending time together on a cold snowy day finding the perfect place to read a special book.  The subtle watercolor illustrations stand out against the backdrop of a blanket of white snow, giving me a chill when I think about how cold and snowy it could be.  The text is quite simple but sweet as the two share an adventure filled snow day enjoying the wonderful outdoors and special time together reading a book. Afterwards, the two embark on a downhill adventure home on their red sled making it a truly great day. I think this is a "just right book" for ages 3-6.~

Title: The Reader
Author: Amy Hest, illustrated by Lauren Castillo
picture book
Pub. date: October 2012, Amazon Children's Publishing
Hardcover, 32 pgs.


  1. This one sounds like it will make a nice birthday present for some young people I know. Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Giving the gift of reading is a wonderful thought. I hope they enjoy their birthday present! Thanks for reading my post......