Monday, September 30, 2013

Rufus Goes to School by Kim T. Griswell...Review & Giveaway!

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I love books...all kinds of books.  I am the kind of gal who will read anything, anywhere at any time.  What I really love the most though are children's books.  I have a real soft spot for them because helping children love to read as much as I do is a real passion of mine.  A world full of bookworms would make me very, very happy indeed.  There are many, many fantastic children's books out there but sometimes one comes along that touches me and becomes an instant favorite.  This is what happened with a new book that came my way...Rufus Goes to School by Kim T Griswell.  This book instantly catapulted to my favorites list.  Here is the scoop from the publisher's website and then get ready for some serious gushing...
All Rufus Leroy Williams III wants is to go to school so he can learn to read his favorite book. But there's one problem: he's a pig and Principal Lipid says: “NO PIGS IN SCHOOL!” Rufus even gets a backpack, a lunchbox, and a blanket to prove he's ready. But Mr. Lipid won't budge. Is there ANYTHING Rufus can do to change his mind? Kim Griswell and illustrator Valeri Gorbachev have created a love letter to reading that's also a charming, original, and child-friendly first-day-of-school story.

This is THE book you should buy a child entering school.  This book is appealing on so many levels.  There is the obvious silliness factor that is always appealing to children....pigs in school?!  The illustrations are fun and full of whimsy with visions of a charming pig in stages of his principal's imagined swine mischief....food fights, paper airplanes and more.  The best part though is the emotion the book evokes...this sweet little pig decides he wants to go to school for one reason.  He wants to learn to read. So, he does the things he thinks he needs to do to impress the principal so he can convince him to let him attend only to have those "things" fall short.  What finally allows this motivated pig to attend school?  Honesty.  He tells the principal he has a book and he wants to learn to read it and the principal replies with "that makes a difference" and he leads him to class.  The book ends with my most favorite line..."Rufus loved storytime most of all because it gave him room to dream". 

Rufus Goes To School is an exceptional book.  It is appealing to children because it is fun (all three of my children adore this book) but it also touches on something so critical...the power of books and reading.  In this digital age I think it is so important to remind children that they can get lost in the pages of a book and darling Rufus drives this point home in the most charming of ways.  Bravo, Kim T. Griswell, you have written a Reviewed by Mom favorite.  You can purchase this book on Amazon (please, please, give this book to all the children you know!)...



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48 comments:

Alita said...

My daughter.

Alina Hahn said...

My son

Jennifer Q. said...

I would love to read this to my son and daughter.

Shelley P said...

i would read this to my kids.

Janet W. said...

I would read this to my grandson!

Carolyn said...

This book is so perfect for my sons.

slb3334 said...

My nephews.

amanda whitley said...

i would give this to my son. he loves books

Anita Yancey said...

I would like to read it to my daughter.

Amy S D said...

My daughter and my nieces. Thanks for the review.

ReggieMann said...

Actually my 6 year old niece would be able to read this book herself :)

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tatertot374 said...

My daughters

Sharon Kaminski said...

I would read this to our granddaughter.

Simonne Soileau said...

My son and daughter

Meganrcantrell said...

my son

Eric R. said...

my son.

Gianna said...

My kids.

Jeremy said...

My son.

deniseyweesy said...

To Dean

Robert said...

I will read this to my daughter.

Tamar said...

to my kids.

Jamie Leigh Martin said...

Our daughters!

Elsie said...

I'll read it to my niece's two little girls, ages 2 and 4, sitting cozy on the sofa with one girl on each side!
I can imagine their giggles and smiles!

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Jan Lee said...

I would love to read this to my great niece and great nephew :)

tina reynolds said...

I would like to win for my three kiddos

Renee B. said...

I would read this with my daughter

Kellie Conklin said...

I will read this book to the girls I babysit for! Thanks!

yyeres said...

to my aon

elfqueen98 said...

I will read this to my kindergartener then i will save for my baby on the way.

Crystal Rose said...

I would read this to my daughter.

Nancy said...

I'd read this to the wee ones in our family.

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Megan Parsons said...

I'd read this to my son and daughter!

Anonymous said...

Heather:
My daughter and niece!

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BrittanyB said...

This book would be for my son.

77marie said...

I would read it to my 3 year old

Miranda Ward said...

I would read it with my daughters!


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Mihaela Day said...

I would read this to my son!

candykitn said...

I will read it to my grandaughter

Julie Waldron said...

I will read it to my children

Melinda said...

I would read this to my son.

Emi Pearce said...

My daughters would really enjoy this.

Leenburke said...

I would read this to my daughter.

Eileen B.

Suzanne said...

my kids

Suzanne said...

my kids

Diana said...

I would love to read with my granddaughters
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AndreaH said...

I would read this to my nephew. He is at just the prefect age for this cute book.

Susan Smoaks said...

i would read it to our children
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