Illustrations © Thor Wickstrom

Book Fair Day

by Lynn Plourde Illustrated by Thor Wickstrom Dutton Children’s Books, 2006

Book Fair Day was tomorrow.
And everyone in Mrs. Shepherd’s class was anxious to buy
a new book or two at the book fair, especially . . .

Dewey Booker.

Dewey LOVED books—more than he loved bubblegum,
baseball cards, and bike-riding.

A booklover on Book Fair Day! What could go wrong? Dewey gives a big grooooooan when he discovers Mrs. Shepherd’s class will be the last class to go to the Book Fair in the library. He’s certain there won’t be any books left by then so he’s determined to find a way into the Book Fair earlier in the day. But getting on his knees and sneaking in with the kindergarten class doesn’t work. Climbing in the library window at recess doesn’t work either. Someone seems to be spying on him and letting Mrs. Shepherd know he’s at the Book Fair too early. Who is the spy? And will Dewey be bookless at the end of the day?

Reviews

Librarians and teachers will adore sharing this one with students - it will require more than one reading to be able to pick up on all of the things included in the clever illustrations.
Children’s Literature

Fans of Plourde’s School Picture Day (2002), Teacher Appreciation Day (2003), and Pajama Day (2005, all Dutton) will recognize many old friends in this humorous episode . . . Plays on words related to books and reading abound. Wickstrom’s colorful cartoon illustrations capture the zaniness of the boy’s antics. Readers who love a good story as much as Dewey does are in for a treat.
School Library Journal

The duo behind School Picture Day (2002) and others have come up with yet another special event to send Mrs. Shepherd's classroom into a dither . . . Over the top, yes, but full of verve.
Booklist

Dewey loves books of all kinds . . . young bibliophiles will enjoy reading about this kindred spirit. Wickstrom's smiling, spindly-legged watercolors of a multicultural classroom are a big plus.
Kirkus

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