Sunday, August 7, 2016

Reading is for Idjits, by W. W. Rowe, illustrated by Charles A. Filius

Not knowing how to read can really get a kid into trouble.  Martin is a good reader, but his twin brother Morton thinks "Reading is for idjits!"  In W.W. Rowe's book Reading is for Idjits, we see the trouble that Morton gets into as a result of his not being able to read.  After several increasingly dangerous episodes, Morton's parents finally said he could have no TV, video games, or caramel-swirl ice cream until he learns to read.  When he does, he finds out that he not only enjoys it, but it can be a helpful skill!

Rowe's story is silly and simple, with a message greater than the telling.  Charles Filius's colorful, cartoonish illustrations add to the story.  Reading is for Idjits isn't destined to be a classic of children's literature, but it's a fun little story with a good message.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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