By Mordical Gerstein
Roaring Brook Press, 2009
Amelia Bloomer Award
The story begins with wondering what it would be like to live in a book; a fascinating concept for a young child.
Over breakfast, we meet the family members who live in the book and discover their story; but the youngest, a little girl, does not have a story. Mother Goose appears and points out that everything the little girl says is seen by “the reader”. Spotting the “huge…blobby thing” looking at her, embarrasses the little girl and she hides behind the goose. The goose takes her through her land of folk and fairy tales, where the reader can enjoy identifying each story. Her dog, with a detective, tries to help; her fish, who has joined a band of pirates, tries to help; and her brother, now an astronaut, makes suggestions, but these stories are not the little girl’s story. At dinner she knows what her story is and announces it to her family. They all cheer for her. After dinner, she writes her story. The book ends with the little girl lying in bed asking the reader to please close the book so she can sleep.
Imagining what it would be like to live in a book woven together with the young child searching for her story makes this a compelling story for young readers.