The noisiest kid in class is either called Ann Marie or Jack David, depending on which version of this book you’re reading. It’s interesting for adults read aloud and realize how differently we imagine the noisy little boy and girl when reciting exactly the same events, told with just the same words. But kids will undoubtedly be more interested in the fact that this is a fun story about children, in and out of school, with the most perfect spaces created for new illustrations. On the cover it says “illustrated by...” and leaves a space for your child’s name. Inside, nicely bordered pages (with an intriguing mix of words, illustrations and even quotations around the edge), invite the reader to illustrate their own story, with images of Anne Marie, or Jack David, or other members of the class. The writing’s fun too—a well-told simple tale of a child who can’t help making too much noise, a wise teacher’s gentle response, and the place outdoors where all that noise proves to be just what a class of children needs. The end of the book has a delightful bonus too—information about color for those children using colors to make their pictures, and about artists for those enjoying the “show” after the “tell.” Disclosure: I was given a free copy and I offer my honest review.
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