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 Good for nothing button! (Elephant & Piggie like reading!)
 Author: Harper, Charise Mericle

 Publisher:  Hyperion Books for Children (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 49 p., col. ill., 23 cm

 BTSB No: 420573 ISBN: 9781484726464
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Buttons -- Fiction
 Birds -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $16.99

Yellow Bird has found a button and wants to share it with Red Bird and Blue Bird. This is just an ordinary button. It does not do anything when you press it. But when Red Bird and Blue Bird give it a try, they are delighted to find that the button does not do nothing, and that is something!

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Willems, Mo
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 1.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 189934

   Kirkus Reviews (04/01/17)
   School Library Journal (05/01/17)
   Booklist (+) (05/01/17)
 The Hornbook (00/07/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 05/01/2017 PreS-Gr 1—Harper's hilarious entry in the series will press readers' buttons as they encounter three birds who experience surprise, sadness, happiness, anger, and more. Yellow Bird brings a red button on a brown base to Red Bird and Blue Bird, and Yellow Bird says, "The button does nothing." As the birds take turns pressing the button, their actions trigger feelings. Blue Bird says, "The button is SO easy to press. It surprised me! A surprise is NOT nothing." When Red Bird presses the button, she says, "The button did not surprise me." And she is sad about that. Blue Bird points out, "Sad is NOT nothing!" When Blue Bird and Red Bird experience happiness from pressing the button, Yellow Bird becomes angry and says, "It is a Good for NOTHING Button!" Yellow Bird's raging insistence inspires Red and Blue Bird to laugh and become happy, concluding that "the button can do EVERYTHING!" This story will be enjoyed by prereaders and by emerging and fluent readers alike and will support extension activities. VERDICT A valuable addition to beginning reader collections.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 05/01/2017 *Starred Review* “Elephant & Piggie Like Reading!” serves as both the series title and a descriptor for this philosophically cogent, if hypercaffeinated, episode. In very simply drawn outdoor scenes featuring large single words or short phrases in dialogue balloons, a yellow bird shows a red and a blue bird a button that supposedly does nothing when pressed. The blue bird, who is permanently gobsmacked by everything, pushes it and leaps back with a “WOW!” According to the red bird: “A surprise is not nothing.” Likewise, after the red bird takes a turn, blue observes that red looks sad, and “sad is NOT nothing.” Insisting that the button isn’t doing anything, the yellow bird becomes increasingly steamed—prompting comments that it has, first, made yellow bird mad and, ultimately, funny! All three finally just get silly with the button, and after they collapse in exhaustion, the red bird remarks, “Wow. That button can do everything!” Despite a claim on the rear cover that Willems “is proud to have contributed nothing to this story,” his ever-popular Elephant and Piggie characters open the easy book with a teaser and close it with a pun (“I am im-press-ed!”). Readers well beyond the target audience will be, too. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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