Book of the Week: Just How Long Can a Long String Be?!

Just How Long Can A Long String Be? by Keith Baker

Published: 2009 by Arthur A. Levine Books

Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it as Book of the Week:

I love that the main characters are a bird and an ant.

The book starts with a question: Just  how long can a long string be? A simple questions, but as readers will discover the answer – or rather answers – are infinite.

I think this book, like so many other ones, really captures the child’s imagination. It shows the things they could do with a simple piece of string – fly a kite, go fishing, and even hold up sweet peas.

It also showed that a long piece of string can make a real, knotty mess.

I loved how even though the characters – a bird and an ant – talk, they weren’t portrayed as cartoons.

I loved that there was an apparent sophistication to the book. This made me think the author doesn’t underestimate his audience.

Speaking of audience, both children and adults will love this book.

Each page had a different background color.

It’s a really simple, yet smart book.

It will make readers realize just how valuable a piece of string is. I mean, who knew all that could be done with string? Who really thinks about that?

I love the author’s attention to detail.

I love how the small ant doesn’t get swallowed up or forgotten in the book. He’s featured on every single page. But admittedly, sometimes you have to look for him.

The writing is simple. But it’s spectacular. This isn’t the kind of story that needs to be overdone.

I love how the writing and illustrations go hand in hand. One never outshined the other.


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