- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 24 pages, colour illus
- Publisher: Second Story Press
- Publication Date: 01/10/1998
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781896764092
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Review by AbigailAdams26
Although both of her parents were voracious readers, filling their house with books - stacked on shelves and tables, piled on the floor, stuck in odd places like the refrigerator, or inside dresser drawers - young Meena <i>hated</i> books, and read them as little as possible. To her they were just annoyingly common objects, always in the way, always liable (as they had done when they came tumbling down on her cat, Max) to cause a problem. Then one day, after rescuing Max from his perch on top of a tower of books, and winding up in a jumble of fallen volumes and dislodged characters - themselves fallen out of their respective titles - she discovers that she must read each story, in order to determine where the lost characters belong...Meena's discovery that reading is immensely pleasurable, and that books are friends that can be visited and revisited again, makes for an engaging story, even if the ending feels like a foregone conclusion. As someone who has taken to stacking excess books at the back of my closet, because my shelves are filled to capacity, I identified strongly with the household depicted here, and (of course!) liked Manjusha Pawagi's message about the joys of reading! The accompanying illustrations by Leanne Franson are full of fun, showing rooms bursting with books (or characters from books, as the case may be). All in all <u>The Girl Who Hated Books</u>, while not the most outstanding picture-book I have picked up of late, is a solidly engaging title, one I would recommend to reluctant young readers, or to the adults in the lives who are anxious to strike that spark of bibliophilia in them.
Review by sarahetuemmler
This is a story about a girl who simply hated to read books. Then she discovers that she is trapped in an imaginary world and in order to get out of that world, she has to read a book. It's a great story that is easy to follow and funny to children that are struggling to read books. I recommend it as it made me laugh because reading was never my favorite thing to do as kid.