Monday, September 19, 2016

The Little Crooked Bookshelf

A Squiggly Story

by Andrew Larsen and Mike Lowery

This week's pick is from cottager Kara LaReau.

What it's all about
A little boy admires how well his sister reads and writes: big words and little words, page after page, word after word. How can he write a story, when he knows his letters but doesn't know many words? Soon, he discovers a solution, and a squiggly series of letters and shapes turns into a twisty tale of a soccer ball, a seemingly-peaceful beach, a swiftly-approaching shark...and an alien rocket ship!

Why it's on The Little Crooked Bookshelf…

A clever tribute to the process (and power) of storytelling, via Andrew Larsen's sweet, funny text and Mike Lowery's graphic illustrations.

My favorite lines…
That night after dinner,
I sit down beside my sister.
Her face is buried in a book.

"I've been thinking about my story all day and I still don't know how to END it."

"Remember, you're the author," she says, without looking up. "You can do WHATEVER YOU WANT."

My favorite illustration…

Why kids will love it…

Kids (especially those who don't know how to write words yet, like the narrator) will find this story about "writing" a story tremendously empowering, not to mention highly entertaining.

Why grown-ups will love it…

This ingenious form of expression is sure to inspire young readers to squiggle out their own stories!


  1. Thanks for the recommendation, Kara :)!

  2. This would be a great book to book talk to the little ones at school visits. Great pick, Kara!