Synopsis from Scholastic:
Henley hates to read.
When Henley is supposed to be reading before bed, he builds a castle with his sheets.
Henley hates reading so much, he took a wagon full of books to the town swimming pool to find out how well they could swim.
When the daunting task of finding his favorite book is assigned at school, Henley is at a loss. He goes to the library and the bookstore. He looks at so many books of all shapes and sizes, but none of them have made Henley excited enough to read more.
After a fruitless search, Henley returns home, but defeat quickly turns to triumph with one exciting discovery: his mother kept all the books that he wrote when he was younger. That is when Henley gets an idea.
At school the next day, Henley is just as excited as his classmates. And he shares the new book he wrote, The Book Boy. Because there is a book for everyone, even if you have to write it.
About: My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World was written by Malcolm Mitchell and illustrated by Michael Robertson. It will be published on 12/29/2020 by Orchard Books, an imprint of Scholastic, paperback, 32 pages. The genres are picture books, writing, and fiction. This book was intended for readers ages 4 to 8, grades Pre-K to 3. According to the publisher’s website, “Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe” and their mission is to “encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.” Please see below for more information about the publisher and author.
My Experience: I started reading My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World to my 16-month-old daughter on 12/1/2020 and finished it that same afternoon. I read it again for her that night at bedtime. She loved this book because after I read, she pulled the book to herself to flip through it again. I can see we will be reading this same book every night for awhile. Good thing I also enjoyed it so I don’t mind the repetition. I liked the organization of the story and definitely the humor about books. How some stories are boring that the book should be used as a pillow or if it could swim any good at the town’s swimming pool. My nine-year-old son read it that first day I opened the bookmail. He loved it. He said he related himself to Henley about what he thought of some books and also because they both wear glasses!
My Very Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World introduced Henley. He’s on the hunt to find his favorite book after his teacher assigned him and his classmates to bring a favorite book to school to share with the class. He got panicked because he couldn’t find his favorite book at the library or at the bookstore. People thought he hated to read but it was just that some books had big words he couldn’t understand or that the story went on and on with no end in sight. Finally, his mom’s advice planted an idea in him and he discovered where his very favorite book in the whole wide world was.
This picture book was an awesome read! I’m sure many readers can relate. A book about reading and lots of book illustrations! Love it. I read through the story to my daughter and then I flipped through it again slowly pointing out colors and things to teach her. I like Henley’s adventures to the library and bookstore especially how helpful the librarian and bookstore owner were. I’m glad this book has children clapped and cheered for books and reading. Love Henley’s classroom diversity. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: reading, books, humor, illustrations, classroom diversity
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Malcolm Mitchell is the rookie who helped the New England Patriots win Super Bowl LI. He’s also the founder of an initiative called Read with Malcolm, which introduces book ownership to students, and works to improve literacy in schools. Malcolm’s Share the Magic Foundation promotes the benefits of reading to kids in underserved communities. As the New England Patriots Summer Reading Ambassador, he encourages summer reading. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo and info were provided by the publisher).