I’m going back in time this week. I have a few new books to review, but my daughter has spent the week insisting I read an old favourite each night.
Meet Prue Theroux, the school librarian. The cool librarian.
Prue Theroux: the cool librarian / Gillian Rubinstein and David Mackintosh
(Red Fox, 2001 – reprinted 2010)
Miss Prue Theroux is the school librarian (spoiler alert!). And she makes books and reading fun.
She knows how to do anything and everything. She can make a chocolate cake. She knows the names of the football teams. She even dresses up on school dress-up days!
But when Miss Prue Theroux gets the flu, a substitute teacher comes instead. And he is much less fun.
We love this book. I like that it lists other fabulous books (in rhyme, no less!) as Miss Theroux hands out titles to the children and teachers, and that its rhythm varies without being difficult to find each time. My (four-and-a-half-year-old) daughter likes the illustrations, and she loves that reading is considered cool at Numbat Gully Primary School.
She also enjoys finding new words that need explaining. Rediscovering this book has added the words nook, bloodshot, aplomb and dunce to her vocabulary. (And exterminate, but fortunately that hasn’t come up in public yet.)
Recommended for children aged three and up, but those in the early school years will probably be able to relate best. You can buy Prue Theroux: the cool librarian from Booktopia here.
Have you read Prue Theroux: the cool librarian? What did you think?
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