Read Aloud Hall of Fame #8: LET ME FINISH! by Minh Lê and Isabel Roxas
You need a book. A can’t miss book. A read aloud that will cast a wide net and pull everyone in. This is the idea behind The 100 Scope Notes Read Aloud Hall of Fame.
In each post I’ll share a read aloud that has never let me down. Some will be obvious and popular. Others lesser-known. All will be story time gold.
Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê, illustrated by Isabel Roxas
At the beginning of a school year, I like to get a bit meta. I want to read aloud books that are . . . about books. As students are about to checkout their own books for the first time, it just seems appropriate. Our latest inductee into the 100 Scope Notes Read Aloud Hall of Fame is a newer book, but one that has become a beinning-the-school-year staple: Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê, and illustrated by Isabel Roxas.
The main character is a book lover. All he wants in the world is to find a quiet place to finish his book. But every time he tries to sneak off, a different animal disrupts his peace and, worse yet, tries to spoil the ending of the book. Things escalate to the perfect “book within a book” ending.
Let Me Finish! has a perfect steady build – things begin calm and by the end of the book you find yourself yelling and waving your hands around. And that makes for a great read aloud experience.
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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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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