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Two friends, Redd and Bloo argue over the possession of one special book with a green cover, hard cover, a nice spine, and pages turn from right to left--but unite when Bookworm walks off with it.


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Two friends, Redd and Bloo argue over the possession of one special book with a green cover, hard cover, a nice spine, and pages turn from right to left--but unite when Bookworm walks off with it.

30 review for Give Me Back My Book!: (Funny Books for Kids, Silly Picture Books, Children's Books about Friendship)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    So adorable while subtly describing the parts of a book and a little bit of book-making!

  2. 4 out of 5

    La Coccinelle

    I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one. The illustrations are the sort of simple, cartoonish pictures that don't really excite me. But I did enjoy the story about two creatures--Redd and Bloo--who fight over a book... until Bookworm steals the book from both of them. Then they have to come up with a plan to get their book back. In the process, they learn a valuable lesson. It doesn't appear to translate to any other situations, though, which is kind of funny; the book ends with the same s I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one. The illustrations are the sort of simple, cartoonish pictures that don't really excite me. But I did enjoy the story about two creatures--Redd and Bloo--who fight over a book... until Bookworm steals the book from both of them. Then they have to come up with a plan to get their book back. In the process, they learn a valuable lesson. It doesn't appear to translate to any other situations, though, which is kind of funny; the book ends with the same sort of rivalry, and you just know these two are probably going to find something new to argue about tomorrow. The illustrations are actually kind of interesting. The characters are all drawn in a simple style, but the coveted book (and other objects having to do with books) appear to be photographs. It's different, but it works here since the books really need to stand out. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It would be a great book for siblings who are always arguing over something. Although, they might just fight over this book, as well... Quotable moment:

  3. 5 out of 5

    Corban Ford

    Cute kids book that was actually kind of funny! (also a shameless short read to get closer to my Goodreads goal, these novels are taking their toll on me!)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Hope Chasteen

    Summary: I read this book for my transitional book requirement. This book is full of descriptive word and beautiful illustrations! I think it is exciting to read aloud and see how the two characters fight over the special book. The two main characters in this book are Redd and Bloo. They see how books are made and end up becoming friends. They start to fight over who gets to keep this "amazing" book. I think this gives the reader the aspect of how to enjoy reading. Evaluation: I understand that th Summary: I read this book for my transitional book requirement. This book is full of descriptive word and beautiful illustrations! I think it is exciting to read aloud and see how the two characters fight over the special book. The two main characters in this book are Redd and Bloo. They see how books are made and end up becoming friends. They start to fight over who gets to keep this "amazing" book. I think this gives the reader the aspect of how to enjoy reading. Evaluation: I understand that this book is meant to be a transitional book, but I rated it with three stars due to its simplicity. I loved the images and usage of dialogue. Also, it shows the value of reading and friendship. Teaching Tip: I can see this being used in early grades to teach how to use dialogue and how to solve a problem. Therefore, it could be incorporated in a writing lesson or a social skills lesson. Given that this book is considered a transitional book, I would used it in a social skills lesson more, because of how the characters interacted.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I would actually give this 4 1/2 this was a great book. The pictures were cute and simple, the story was spoken in dialog bubbles, and there was a great point to the story. This would be wonderful to do for a storytime. There is a great teaching moment in the book towards the end, and it also teaches about how problems can be solved with teamwork. There can be all kinds of fun activities that can be used to go along with the story and they can also do a craft by "creating" their own book as well I would actually give this 4 1/2 this was a great book. The pictures were cute and simple, the story was spoken in dialog bubbles, and there was a great point to the story. This would be wonderful to do for a storytime. There is a great teaching moment in the book towards the end, and it also teaches about how problems can be solved with teamwork. There can be all kinds of fun activities that can be used to go along with the story and they can also do a craft by "creating" their own book as well.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bridgette

    A laugh out loud read! Remember fighting with your siblings over everything? Are you a parent who constantly hears "that's mine!"? If so,then you will love this book . All things are better when you think someone else wants it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    A book about the care and handling of books. A great how to library read for the very young. Also about sharing and making and keeping friends. Adorable illustrations of two monsters- very expressive!

  8. 5 out of 5

    BrookesEducationLibrary

    This is actually very clever in that it is teaching readers what exactly a book is, how it's made and what it's for, the importance of sharing books and knowledge and overcoming silly arguments. Very cheeky!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Would love to do this as a partner-read for story-telling; think that would make it even funnier.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Aliza Werner

    Great intro to parts of a book and showing book love!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Huge hit with my students this week! Great review for parts of a book and the humor is A+!!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan Bamforth

    Sweet. All about friendship and teamwork and a small hint about writing books and enjoying it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    What starts out as an argument over whose book the green book is, develops into teamwork to get the book back from sneaky bookworm. Very cute characters and the story is told through dialogue, which flows well. I really like how the bookworm snatches the book, then retreats to her den to read. You may think this is a long book from the number of pages, but it reads quickly, and I think children will be engaged throughout.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (FabBookReviews)

    If you are already familiar with Ethan Long's zany and jolly approach to storytelling (Fright Club, Pig Has a Plan and numerous other popular titles!), then you might already be aware of the kind of story you might be getting here with Give Me Back My Book! Co-authored with illustrator Travis Foster, Give Me Back My Book! is a conversational-based picture book with a wacky, farcical edge. Friends Redd and Bloo experience a bump in the relationship when Bloo discovers that Redd might have just tak If you are already familiar with Ethan Long's zany and jolly approach to storytelling (Fright Club, Pig Has a Plan and numerous other popular titles!), then you might already be aware of the kind of story you might be getting here with Give Me Back My Book! Co-authored with illustrator Travis Foster, Give Me Back My Book! is a conversational-based picture book with a wacky, farcical edge. Friends Redd and Bloo experience a bump in the relationship when Bloo discovers that Redd might have just taken his favourite green book. Alas, Redd, in a truly stubborn fashion that exasperates Bloo tremendously, refuses to give back the green book- until it is snatched away from them both by a sly, hat-wearing worm named Bookworm. Redd and Bloo then must come together to 'bait' Bookworm: by creating the most fascinating, captivating new book to make Bookworm return the stolen green book. Give Me Back My Book! relies, as Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie titles do, on speech bubbles/character dialogue to carry the entire story. While this format can be tricky, it actually works well here as the back-and-forth is pretty straightforward, clearly delineated- not to mention that the bright and funny illustrations more than perfectly highlight the key moments of the story! I have had the opportunity to read this story multiple times now, and I find that it grows on me more and more each time I read it. I think for an older, willing, and receptive storytime audience (Kindergarten-age, perhaps and above) might especially appreciate the farcical nature of the story; but it's also wholly enjoyable as a story experienced in pairs or smaller groups! Altogether, a totally entertaining read from the team of Foster and Long that fans of authors such as Ed Vere, Mo Willems, Ame Dyckman, or Jan Thomas might flock to. I received a copy of this title courtesy of Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and comments are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Digital illustrations complement a humorous story about reading and book possession. I'm sure that more than a few bookworms will be able to relate to the plot. When Bloo sees Redd reading a book that looks a lot like his, he becomes upset and wants the book back. Redd describes the elements of his book that make it unique such as letters that form words and chapters and illustrations. It even has one page with a folded corner, which Bloo recognizes as one he folded. While the two creatures are Digital illustrations complement a humorous story about reading and book possession. I'm sure that more than a few bookworms will be able to relate to the plot. When Bloo sees Redd reading a book that looks a lot like his, he becomes upset and wants the book back. Redd describes the elements of his book that make it unique such as letters that form words and chapters and illustrations. It even has one page with a folded corner, which Bloo recognizes as one he folded. While the two creatures are arguing, Bookworm comes along and steals the book. The two adversaries decide to form an alliance and write and draw their own book to be traded for the one Bookworm has. While it might be expected that things will calm down now that the book has been recovered, the two are just on the verge of fighting over Redd's glasses while Bookworm enjoys her new book, one that she claims is "the best book ever!" (unpaged). Fans of The Day the Crayons Quit may enjoy this quirky title, and there may be some young readers who will relate to fighting over a book. In my case, that never happened since my brother and I both had our own designated areas for books to keep things harmonious. Honestly, I rarely put any book that I am reading down for very long so the possibility of someone picking it up and taking it is not very how. While I found the story amusing, it went on a little longer than I might have liked. Still, it will have appeal for some youngsters.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Hatch

    Give Me Back My Book! / by Travis Foster and Ethan Long -- San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2017. (52 pages) RANGE 3 -- PICTURE BOOKS SUMMARY: Two friends, Redd and Bloo, argue over the possession of one special book with a green cover, hard cover, a nice spine, and pages that turn from right to left -- but unite when Bookworm walks off with it. (verso) Travis Foster and Ethan Long offer this hilarious story about the joy of reading, which brings people together in unexpected ways, and which prov Give Me Back My Book! / by Travis Foster and Ethan Long -- San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2017. (52 pages) RANGE 3 -- PICTURE BOOKS SUMMARY: Two friends, Redd and Bloo, argue over the possession of one special book with a green cover, hard cover, a nice spine, and pages that turn from right to left -- but unite when Bookworm walks off with it. (verso) Travis Foster and Ethan Long offer this hilarious story about the joy of reading, which brings people together in unexpected ways, and which proves that each book truly belongs...to the people who love it. (bookjacket) REVIEW: I will read any book about books and reading -- and this one was a good find. I feel the very same way about certain books -- they are mine and I don't want to share them because I'm afraid they will either never come back or get damaged while they are gone. Redd and Bloo come up with a very clever plan to get the book back from Bookworm that works out for everyone. I like how the story defines the parts of a book. FORMAT: the drawn images of Redd & Bloo & Bookworm are mixed in with real images of books and craft materials. All narrative is in conversations that appear in dialogue balloons (almost like a graphic novel). FURTHER FUN: 1) Have kids create their own book and bind it like a real book with cardboard or thick stock paper; 2) Let kids share and read the other books created; 3) talk about dialogue balloons.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Smith

    Friends Redd and Bloo have a problem when Bloo sees Redd reading what appears to be his favorite green book. Of course, like many, Redd insists it’s his book and holds on to it. “My book is green and has lots of pages! I’m 100% sure that is MY BOOK!” Bloo says. The arguing goes back and forth until a colorful hat-wearing worm snatches the book from both. Redd and Bloo can’t seem to get the worm to come out of the ground with the book. Will it be lost forever? The story manages to unobtrusively sl Friends Redd and Bloo have a problem when Bloo sees Redd reading what appears to be his favorite green book. Of course, like many, Redd insists it’s his book and holds on to it. “My book is green and has lots of pages! I’m 100% sure that is MY BOOK!” Bloo says. The arguing goes back and forth until a colorful hat-wearing worm snatches the book from both. Redd and Bloo can’t seem to get the worm to come out of the ground with the book. Will it be lost forever? The story manages to unobtrusively slip in various things that make up a book: pages, letters, spine, etc. Cons: None Pros: This humorous story and illustrations are just right for young children. I like that it teaches cooperation and teamwork and as a side, I love that the basic parts of a book are included in the story.  

  18. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Ethan Long has a great track record when it comes to laugh-out-loud stories. This book is another uproarious read. Long's partnership with Travis Foster was a win-win! Redd and Bloo fight over a book. Each being is sure that the book belongs to them. While they are squabbling Bookworm sneaks up and steals the book. Both Redd and Bloo are shocked and try several ways to get the book back. Eventually they come up with the idea to create a different book that maybe they could trade Bookworm with. It Ethan Long has a great track record when it comes to laugh-out-loud stories. This book is another uproarious read. Long's partnership with Travis Foster was a win-win! Redd and Bloo fight over a book. Each being is sure that the book belongs to them. While they are squabbling Bookworm sneaks up and steals the book. Both Redd and Bloo are shocked and try several ways to get the book back. Eventually they come up with the idea to create a different book that maybe they could trade Bookworm with. It works! After they recover the precious book Redd and Bloo decide that the green book belongs to both of them. A fantastic read for storytime.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria

    I am all for any story that makes books something worth fighting over. Because, let's face it, they are! This book is perfect for using funny voices to distinguish between characters. The written portion is entirely dialogue between two characters fighting over a book. Because I of this, I would recommend the book for children six and up, as they will have to infer parts of the story from some of the illustrations. But as long as the child you're reading it to is old enough to infer from the ill I am all for any story that makes books something worth fighting over. Because, let's face it, they are! This book is perfect for using funny voices to distinguish between characters. The written portion is entirely dialogue between two characters fighting over a book. Because I of this, I would recommend the book for children six and up, as they will have to infer parts of the story from some of the illustrations. But as long as the child you're reading it to is old enough to infer from the illustrations, this is a fun book that is a hoot to read out loud.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Very simple illustrations that tell a story and much more. Cute simple characters ! The author shares with the reader how to compromise with others. The bookworm is appealing as a character and adds an additional direction to the story. The book also discusses the parts of a book and how a book is made by authors and illustrators. It shows the simple materials that one might need to create their own book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jj

    A fun book which does something a little different and cool. This was co-authored AND co-illustrated by an illustrator (Travis Foster) and an author-illustrator (Ethan Long). Each is one of the main characters: Redd is Foster and Bloo is Long. It's a fun experiment that works fairly well here, and is recommended for fans of either or both to check out--and yes, the plot revolves around fighting over books, so it's hard not to enjoy this much biblio-enthusiasm.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kat Harrison

    A book that is told entirely in speech bubbles, "Give Me Back My Book!" tells the story of two friends, Redd and Bloo, who are convinced that the other stole (gasp!) their prized book. While they cheekily argue, young readers get a little lesson about the makings of a book (spine, pages, table of contents, etc.). I adore the mixed medium of photographs and digitally rendered illustration - gives it dimension but shines in its simplicity. Perfect for new/about-to-be readers.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    The two little creatures in this story are arguing about who the green book belongs to. Is it Redd? Is it Bloo? The fight goes on until Worm comes up and takes it from them. It's a neat story about cooperation and friendship. The neat thing about this book is when the creatures explain what is in a book: there are words, and the words make up sentences, etc. Nice touch.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    A green book and ownership is the problem in the story. Every character wants this book and to prove he owns it. The story describes what a book is and how to prove it belongs to one specific character. Then a new book is created. I like the way the friendship builds in this story and the ending. I would certainly buy it and read it with children.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    Redd and Bloo argue endlessly about the green book. Who owns the book? Wait, aren't books for sharing? Then, when Bookworm steals the book, it is up to Bloo and Redd to unite and get it back! Give Me Back My Book! is full of humor, giggle-worthy illustrations, and joy for the love of reading!

  26. 4 out of 5

    A Allen

    Redd and Bloo are fighting about who the green book belongs to when a bookworm SNATCHES it up. Redd and Bloo work together to get the green book back by making their very own book with lots of art supplies. Red and Bloo are happy to share the green book after retrieving it from the bookworm. No worries; the bookworm is also satisfied in the end.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joanne Zienty

    Three delightful characters deliciously drawn, a story that provokes smiles, snickers ANDS imparts information about these amazing things called 'books.' And a lesson in cooperation and sharing. What more can you ask from a picture book?!?! This one is definitely a fun time and will make a great read aloud.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Very funny book that takes 2 creatures (a blue rabbit named Bl00, and a red, ear-less, tail-less something named Redd) from squabbling over who owns a green book, to cooperating to create their own decoy book to get the green book back from a Bookworm. Very silly images save the book from being a didactic story of cooperation, and what kid doesn't enjoy hearing silly creatures squabble?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    A story of two monsters fighting over a book that each claims their own. A bookworm comes along and steals it in the middle of the fight. They have to trick the bookworm to get it back. By working together they realize they can share the book. Even the bookworm, though tricked, is happy with the fake book with which she was tricked.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    Fits with Miss 3's current enjoyment of picture books that have speech bubbles she can point to. Miss 3 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors. Fits with Miss 3's current enjoyment of picture books that have speech bubbles she can point to. Miss 3 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.

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