Book or Bell?Book - 2017
The first page has Henry hooked.
The second page has him captivated.
The third page . . .
. . . will have to wait.
That is, unless Henry ignores the bell, stays put, and keeps on reading the most awesome book.
By not springing up with the ringing of the bell, Henry sets off a chain reaction unlike anything his school or town has ever seen. Luckily, Mayor Wise, Governor Bright, and Senator Brilliant know exactly what the situation calls for:
A louder bell. MUCH louder.
With this hilarious, high-energy satire from bestselling author Chris Barton and illustrator Ashley Spires, readers will be cheering louder still as one of their own continues to just stay put.
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It all started when Henry found the "most awesome", "amazing" and "stupendous" book to read in his classroom. It was about a bike, and Henry just couldn't put it down ... not even when the school lunch bell rang.
Henry ignored the lunch bell, stayed put and read on.
The cafeteria lady and the teacher couldn't believe it! Had a student ever missed lunch before to keep reading a book?
The principal and the town mayor were informed. They were incredulous. Perhaps the school needed a louder bell?
The next day, the old bell was replaced by one that sounded like an explosion at a drum factory.
But Henry read on.
What to do now? The governor was consulted and on the following day an even louder bell was installed in the school. Its blast sounded like a ton of air horns getting smashed by a freight train. The sound blew half the whiteboards off the walls and caused calamity on the streets close to the school ... but even then, Henry merely read on!
Now the bell was replaced again. The new bell was louder than the Daytona 500 and a whole squadron of planes. It blew everyone out of their desks ... but Henry continued to read, upside-down.
Obviously, a different solution was needed ... but what?
Children will be delighted by this hilarious story and its surprising conclusion.
** Recommended for ages 4 to 8 years.
** Reviewed by Sally Hengeveld, librarian, Stratford Public Library.
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