Monday, April 9, 2012
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen
Title: Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen
Author: Howard Binkow
Illustrator: Susan F. Cornelison
Publisher: Thunderbolt PublishingISBN:9780971539013
Howard is having a little trouble listening at school. As a result he finds that not listening can bring about lots of problems. First, during story time Howard is jumping and bouncing and not sitting and listening. His teacher yells at him. She wants him to sit, be quiet and listen. Howard ends up in the corner facing the wall all alone. At lunch time Howard's friends try to warn him about a slippery banana peel, but he doesn't listen. His food tray is up in the air and so is Howard. On the playground Howard doesn't listen and he gets hit in the eye with a ball. By the end of the day Howard is in the corner all alone, once again. But that is a good thing. Howard has a chance to think about his day. Will Howard learn to listen? You will have to read the story to see.
Binkow has done an excellent job of showing kids what can happen if they choose not to listen. Bad things can happen. The back of the book has tips and lots of questions for parents and teachers to have a discussion with kids about how to listen. Soft colorful pictures bring to life all of the troubles Howard gets himself into. Kids will love reading the simple sentences and will have fun identifying with all of the characters.