Author: Kate Klise
Illustrator: M. Sarah Klise
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: March 10/20
I still remember coming across my first Kate & M. Sarah Klise book – Regarding the Fountain and how engaging it was and instantly knew I would use it as a read-aloud with my then grade six students. Their books are excellent mentor texts for epistolary writing. Their latest book is a tribute to librarians and touches the many ways that librarians break down barriers.
As with all their epistolary books, be prepared for the most relevant punny character names. Appleton Elementary has a new librarian Rita B. Dangerous, and her principal Noah Memorree has no recollection of hiring her. Things get heated when Ivanna Beprawpa, the newly elected school board president, mandates a new dress code and has issues with Rita’s green dot books, kids staying up late reading and adults loving the books she leaves for them to enjoy.
As with all their epistolary books, there is a wide variety of writing. I appreciated that they updated the formats from their earlier books that used letters to this book that includes emails and texts.
I love the many messages shared in this story, providing more insight into some of the roles of a librarian. The Klise sisters share censorship, reader’s advisory, research, making and standing up for what you believe. Make sure you check out the end-papers and some of the illustrations that highlight books that have and will stand the test of time as classics.
A fun read in a different format for book lovers and left me with my new favourite line.
OTHER BOOKS BY THESE AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS: Regarding the Fountain: A Tale, in Letters, of Liars and Leaks, The Phantom of the Post Office (43 Old Cemetery Road, #4) and Stay: A Girl, a Dog, a Bucket List
RECOMMENDED: Grade 3-6