Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Story Books
Gooney Bird Greene

Gooney Bird Greene

Fall 2002 Story Books
Ages: 6 & Up
Author: Lois Lowry
Illustrator: Middy Thomas
ISBN: 0-618-23848-4
Hardcover Price: $15.00
Gooney Bird arrives in second grade in the middle of a school day, which suits her fine. She wants to be in the center of all action - but especially of all attention.

Wearing colorful, creative costumes daily, Gooney Bird soon becomes the brightest, in every sense of the word, star of second grade. Her teacher, who is trying to explain the nature of good stories to her class, tolerantly allows Gooney Bird to upstage her by telling melodramatic stories which appear to be whoppers.

Declaring, "I tell only absolutely true stories," Gooney Bird enters the annals of funny young protagonists. The format of her book is excellent for transitional readers, her stories, filtered through a fine imagination, are entertaining, and they will leave readers hoping for more.

Kemie Nix   ©2002 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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