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The Book Equivalent of Flipping a Turtle on Its Back

Here’s a simple, three step process for confusing a kid.

1. Take a picture book.

2. Lift the jacket up until it looks like this:

3. Hand to a student and ask them to fix it.

Actually, don’t do that. It’s too cruel. But if you’ve worked in a library I bet you’ve had students hand you books that’ve gotten into this same predicament and had no idea how to get out of it.

Every time I see it, I think of a turtle flipped on its back.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.