- Paperback: 158 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (March 10, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481998080
- ISBN-13: 978-1481998086
- Source: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
- Rating: 4.5/5
“… he heard a strange rumbling noise coming from the kitchen. Then a loud crash. He got there just in time to see a small glacier go right through the kitchen wall, into the living room, and out the front door.” (from “The Glacier That Almost Ate Main Street”) A glacier that starts in a refrigerator is just one of the weird things that can happen in these twenty-one stories by Highlights for Children author Gene Twaronite. What if you showed up for school one day, but the school wasn’t there? What if words suddenly leapt off the page in the book you’re reading and floated away? What if the jet you’re on is afraid to fly? What if your parents gave you a real live rhino for your birthday? What if a little snake stretched and stretched to become the longest snake in the world? What if dragons really exist somewhere? What if …? Discover the answers to these and other questions. But be careful. Imagination can be a dangerous thing … especially if someone closes the book on you while you’re inside. While some of these stories were first published in magazines including Highlights for Children and Read (Weekly Reader), many are brand new. So what are you waiting for? Jump right in—have fun with your head!
I have a 5 year old and a 20 month old. When I read this book to them, they loved it. I also totally did too. Gene has a way with words that makes you laugh when necessary and enjoy the ride as you go.
This is my first encounter with Gene's writing and I must say that I find it refreshing. He makes you remember what it was like to use your imagination and be a kid. I enjoyed reading the stories as much as my kids seemed to like hearing them.
His introduction gives you a feel for the book and the person writing these great stories. The imagination and creativity that these stories include are amazing.
I highly recommend this for parents and even those adults (like myself) that enjoy being reminded that it's okay to be silly. This is a great collection of short stories!