Beatrice’s expressions are priceless. . . . This charming tale emphasizes the importance of finding the right book for the right reader. — School Library Journal
Beatrice doesn’t like books, and she doesn’t like tagging along with her brother to the library. She doesn’t want to get books from the shelf. She doesn’t want to let Henry work. And she certainly doesn’t want to sit in a room full of kids during story hour. Is there anything that could possibly change her mind?
About the Author
Laura Numeroff is the author of many best-selling books for children, including IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE and IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO THE MOVIES, illustrated by Felicia Bond, as well as WHAT MOMMIES DO BEST, WHAT DADDIES DO BEST, WHAT GRANDMAS DO BEST, and WHAT GRANDPAS DO BEST, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. Of BEATRICE DOESN'T WANT TO, she says, "This story is definitely NOT autobiographical, as my favorite place to go as a kid was the library!"
Lynn Munsinger has illustrated more than ninety books for children,
including SCORE ONE FOR THE SLOTHS, SOMETHING MIGHT HAPPEN, TACKY THE PENGUIN, and HOORAY FOR WODNEY WAT, all by Helen Lester, as well as THE TALE OF CUSTARD THE DRAGON by Ogden Nash. She says, "I've always been a big fan of Laura Numeroff's writing, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this story to life. I particularly enjoyed creating Beatrice's character — she gave me the opportunity to create so many great facial expressions!"
Date of Birth:July 14, 1953
Place of Birth:Brooklyn, New York
Education:B.F.A. with honors, Pratt Institute, 1975; attended Parsons College, 1975
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This story is about a girl named Beatrice has to go to library with her brother 3 days a week, but she never wants to go. After bothering her brother long enough, he found a sign about the librarian reading a book to some children. Her brother took her to the class, and at first Beatrice didn't want to be there. By the middle of the story Beatrice loved the story. When her brother came back to get her, Beatrice didn't want to leave the lirbary.
Beatrice is a bratty little girl, who has to spend three days with her brother at the library. She doesn't want to. Her brother tries to placate Beatrice is several ways. He is only successful when the librarian reads to her about a previous experience.This story certainly hits home with me. I am the second to the last of 6 children. I was a very bratty child. My siblings tried any and everything to keep me happy.Showing children how to help with their siblings is a very good lesson we could take from this story. Using this story with others that have the same ryhme sequences, could keep children interested in reading.
This is the cutest book about a girl who has to follow her big brother to the library. She does not want to go to the library let alone read a book there. Her brother is working on a big report and is unable to give her attention, so she listens to the librarian read a book with an attitude because ¿I don¿t want to¿ By the end of the story she found she really enjoyed it and asked to see the book and read again to herself. This is a wonderful story about being more open to different things and in this case reading which is fundamental for children.