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The good for nothing button, by Charise Mericle Harper

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The good for nothing button
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The good for nothing button
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by Charise Mericle Harper
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eng
Summary
"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 try, they are delighted to find that the button does not do nothing, and that is something!"--
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Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 /* 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. -- Peters, John (Reviewed 5/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 17, p77)
  • 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 --Laura Scott (Reviewed 05/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 05, p73)
  • Three silly birds with the same wacky sense of the absurd as Elephant and Piggie are likely to be a hit with Mo Willems fans. Just about 50 words are used repeatedly to make a clever story about nothing. A button (the kind that's pressed, not the kind that holds up pants) has no apparent purpose, but the birds are excited: "Wowee!" Even though the yellow bird is convinced it does nothing, it's still excited. The round red bird proudly points out that the button is red. Then the blue bird presses the button and is surprised at how easy it is to do that, refuting the yellow bird's assertion that the button does nothing: "A surprise is NOT nothing." The red bird takes a turn pressing the button, but he is not surprised; he is sad. But sadness is not nothing either. Still the yellow bird insists that the button does nothing and cannot make anyone feel anything. Pressing on through a full range of emotions, the birds argue passionately. The logic of the yellow bird's argument is spot-on for the second- and third-graders who will flock to this easy reader. That Elephant and Piggie introduce the story and return for an epilogue almost guarantees its popularity. Here's hoping Harper will oblige with more stories starring these birds. (Early reader. 6-8)(Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2017)
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10557430
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Harper, Charise Mericle
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[E]
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illustrations
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no index present
LC call number
PZ7.W65535
LC item number
Gq 2017
Literary form
fiction
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  • -1
  • 1
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Willems, Mo
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True
Series statement
Mo Willems' Elephant & Piggie like reading!
Series volume
0003
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  • Buttons
  • Birds
  • Humorous stories
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primary
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The good for nothing button, by Charise Mericle Harper
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volume
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rdacarrier
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  • rdacontent
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Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
64 pages
Isbn
9781484726464
Lccn
2016013603
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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color illustrations
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(OCoLC)956501927
Label
The good for nothing button, by Charise Mericle Harper
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
64 pages
Isbn
9781484726464
Lccn
2016013603
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)956501927

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